It may have begun as a seemingly fast-tracked experiment for CBS and Warner Bros., but Supergirl is quickly gearing up for production. Now that star Melissa Benoist is in place (and transformed from brunette to blonde), the process of casting the rest of the supporting cast is under way. And with screen tests and auditions has come new information about the superheroine’s wardrobe and personality.
Surprisingly, the first script excerpts have also confirmed that Kara Danvers (a.k.a. Kara Zor-El of Krypton) will remain the cousin of Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman – showing that interaction and cross-universe connections on the DC side of things is far less rigid than fans may have once assumed.
We should start by saying that the scenes revealed by actor Jesse Liebman (and caught by ComicBook.com) may only be placeholder dialogue and plot, set to be tweaked or re-written before the pilot is filmed. Liebman auditioned for the part of Winslow ‘Wynn’ Schott, the man who in the comics would go on to become the villainous Toyman, and whose casting description was previously leaked:
WINSLOW ‘WYNN’ SCHOTT | This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own (toying?) potential. Unware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to.
According to the new scenes, Schott is apparently very much aware of Kara’s “secret,” as he sounds like the confidant with whom Kara will work to develop her superpowers.
Perhaps a hint at Schott’s more practical talents as opposed to digital, he will also be the man who crafts her superhero costume– excuse, us, ‘suit.’ Check out some transcribed dialogue from the now-removed audition tapes below:
Wynn: I’m still not sure how all this is happening. Maybe the brownie I ate belonged to my roommate.
Supergirl: My abilities come from your Sun. The planet I was born on…
Wynn: Woah! Wait! Hold on, you’re from another planet?
Supergirl: Krypton. Yeah, so is my cousin.
Wynn: You and him? You’re related?
Supergirl: Our dads were brothers. I’m going to need you to focus. I want your help. I told you, I don’t know a thing about fighting crime.
Wynn: Please, you got the hard part down. First, you need…
Supergirl: A costume.
Wynn: It’s called a suit.
Supergirl: How do you know how to sew?
Wynn: I’m a social experiment, my moms were trying to create a post-modern man. I can also swing dance and I do a fantastic curry… I always thought a cape was a little presentational and over-the-top, but it aids with aerodynamics. I should’ve thought of that.
Supergirl: National City Bank is reporting a 4-3-2, 6th and Spring. Suspects are armed and dangerous.
Wynn: Are you sure you are bullet-proof?
Supergirl: I hope so. I’ve never been shot.
Aside from confirmation that this version of Supergirl will most definitely be sporting a super-suit and cape, comic fans will notice the overt reference to her “cousin” – whom Wynn seems to recognize immediately. And though Supergirl looks to be taking several liberties with the character’s traditional origin story – injecting characters like Jimmy Olsen into her world, not Superman’s – her relationship to Kal-El remains intact.
It’s not the first evidence that Supergirl will openly reference the Man of Steel on the small screen, but this throwaway mention is a much clearer idea of how the fiction will be handled; and frankly, it seems the simplest solution has been found. It will be interesting to see how the writers of the show handle Kara’s ties to her famous cousin; not only how successful it will prove, but it could be an indication of how much creative freedom DC and Warner Bros. will allow going forward.
The rest of the transcribed dialogue hints at a practical approach to Kara’s budding crime-solving career, taking an amateur detective direction much more in keeping with that of The Flash. It’s a strong example to follow, whether or not these audition scenes prove to be a sample of what to expect from Benoist and her supporting cast.
What do you think of the story beats and subplots hinted at in the early days of Supergirl production? Does a female-led superhero adventure taking cues from The Flash sound like a potential family hit, or do you have doubts about the tenuous links to Superman? Sound off in the comments.
Supergirl is expected to air on CBS in 2015.