Comic book-based televisions shows are only increasing in popularity, with several such programs (ranging from AMC’s Preacher to Fox’s Lucifer) currently in the pipeline. We can now confirm that at least one of those projects will be making its way to a small screen near you soon, now that CBS has officially given Supergirl a season order.
The news isn’t surprising, as CBS had already made a series commitment to the Melissa Benoist (Glee) starring superhero TV show – meaning, the network would have faced a penalty, had it not picked up Supergirl for season one. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting, not least of all because this move finally gives CBS its own horse in the comic book adaptation race that it seems most everyone else is already playing.
Supergirl stars Benoist as Kara Zor-El, a 24-year old Kryptonian who’s been hiding her special powers for years – passing for an ordinary young person on Earth – when trouble rears its head in the form of super-villains, prompting Kara to embrace her true identity at last. Benoist was quick to express her excitement to the public about the good news (read: Supergirl getting an official order) via her Twitter account.
The Supergirl pilot was penned by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Arrow and The Flash co-creator Greg Berlanti. The pair will executive produce the series along with Sarah Schechter: an Arrow and Flash contributor, who’s also producing the upcoming spinoff TV show set in that same DC comic book television universe.
Supergirl will be airing on a different channel than those CW DC TV shows, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Kara Zor-El could one day cross paths with either Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and/or Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) – cementing the idea of a Shared Berlanti Productions DC TV show universe. It’s likewise conceivable that a Shared DCTVU could encompass more than these four programs one day – but best to not get too far ahead of ourselves.
Comic book superheroes may be more ubiquitous than ever on the small screen, but there’s certainly room for Supergirl to stand out from the rest of the pack. After all, it’s a female superhero series (which is still rare); Kara’s powers and opponents are unlike most any other on television, save for her famous cousin (who reportedly will exist in the Supergirl TV show continuity); and the Berlanti Productions team has started to become synonymous with quality superhero TV show storytelling. So the potential is definitely there for something worthwhile.
The Supergirl cast includes Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El; Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, the head of CatCo and Kara’s boss; Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) as Jimmy Olsen, a photographer for CatCo on this TV show; Owain Yoman (The Mentalist) as the super-villain Vartox; and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (Supergirl the 1984 movie) in supporting roles.
Supergirl season one should premiere on CBS by Fall 2015.