FOX has its Gotham; The CW has the Arrow and The Flash; And soon the CBS will have its Supergirl. For the first time since the classic 1984 movie, Kara Danvers a.k.a. Kara Zor-El will steal the spotlight back from her superhero cousin in a brand new TV series. And along the way, we might just get to meet some new comic book characters, as well as see a few old friends.
Former Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen (played by Mehcad Brooks) is probably the most recognizable character in the cast. But he’ll also be joined by Golden Globe-winner Calista Flockhart as Kara and Jimmy’s boss Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Kara’s adoptive sister Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as tech expert Winslow “Winn” Schott and David Harewood as CIA Agent Hank Henshaw.
Another big name that’ll be showing up on the series though is Jenna Dewan Tatum (The Witches of East End, American Horror Story) as Lucy Lane, the younger sister of Lois Lane and daughter of General Sam Lane. Lois Lane is of course Superman’s longtime love interest, but Lucy has her own interesting backstory. She’s previously been described as “strong, smart and successful in her own right. She’s got a history with Jimmy Olsen and she’s come to town to right a previous wrong.”
Tatum will join the series in a recurring role several episodes into the show’s debut season this fall. EW has the first look below, plus some details about how the character will fit in with Jimmy and Kara.
While in the comics, Lucy Lane does eventually become Superwoman thanks to a mystical suit, her character will be a bit more down to earth on the series (at least for now). Executive producer Ali Adler teased what is in store for the younger Lane:
“We hope to explore the history that Lucy has with James Olsen — or, as Lucy knows him, Jimmy Olsen. I think we’re going to bring in her father. She not only plays a romantic foil with whatever Kara and James are brewing, but people will also be surprised that she’s really a woman’s woman. She and Kara develop their own friendship, too. We’re not just bringing her in to purposefully create tension. She serves a larger story drive.”
That longer story drive was recently revealed at the the 2015 TCA event when co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg explained that Lucy and Lois’ father General Sam Lane will arrive in National City within the show’s first nine episodes. He has yet to be cast, but you can expect General Lane to bring nothing but trouble to Supergirl. As for Lucy, it’s refreshing to see a female character brought in who isn’t just there to get in the way of the lead. We’re looking forward to seeing her be an ally to Kara and maybe eventually fulfill her destiny.
Supergirl premieres October 26th at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. It will air at 8 p.m. on Mondays thereafter.
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