Anticipated new show Supergirl will focus on blood cousin of Superman and surviving refugee of Krypton, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). 24-year-old Kara must accept and utilize her abilities when disaster strikes her city, forcing her to reveal her secret powers. The CBS show has just revealed a new character has been cast; fresh from Neverland, Pan star Levi Miller is on board to play the love struck son of Cat Grant (Calista Flockheart), who is the Founder of National City’s media corporation CatCo and Supergirl’s boss. The show comes to us from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions, who also produce other DC comics shows Arrow and The Flash.
12-year-old Carter Grant (Miller) will share scenes with Supergirl, whose alter-ego Kara Danvers is probably the most qualified babysitter ever. His character will first appear in episode 4 and the official character description defines him as “sensitive and shy” in contrast to his accomplished mother. After bonding with Kara, Carter will reveal a flourishing crush for Supergirl.
Supergirl will be the second project for Miller that will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who also worked with the young actor on Pan, which is due for release on the 9th of October this year. Miller appeared in Great Adventures (2012) and Fox’s unsuccessful prehistoric TV series Terra Nova (2011) before signing up to play the lead role in Pan.
Berlanti, along with his fellow developers released an exclusive statement to TVline discussing the casting development:
“We loved working with him so much on Pan, we were excited to bring him into Supergirl‘s universe…… He’s an exceptional young actor and a part of the Berlanti Productions family. It will be fun for audiences, who we know will fall in love with him as Peter in Pan on Oct 9, to see his range with his turn as Calista Flockhart’s American son.”
Miller’s character is a departure from the comic book version of Cat Grant’s son Adam Morgan, another change by the showrunners, who are advantageously using the powers of creative license to adapt the Supergirl story for TV. This version of Supergirl is smart, independent and already adept at hiding her powers from the world. She has a new adoptive sister with a scientific background (Chyler Leigh), which will open up a new field of interest to be explored within the plot – Supergirl’s Kryptonian biology. She also has a more understated, modern-female-role-model appropriate suit, inspired by the super suit worn by Henry Cavill’s Superman in a move that cleverly adapts the hero for a modern audience, yet aims to appease both established and new fans. These changes show calculated nuance from the creators, who clearly understand the varied demographic they are appealing to with a female superhero show.
If their adaptation is well received, its not impossible that potential show crossovers with Arrow and The Flash could be in the cards.
Supergirl will premiere on the 26th of October.