CBS' 'Supergirl' is Melissa Benoist

Supergirl TV Show New Origin Story

The minds behind CBS' upcoming Supergirl TV series may have kept fans waiting with bated breath to see what actress would be entrusted with bringing the Kryptonian heroine to TV, but it appears the the suspense may have been worth it in the end. It's being reported that after a number of actresses sought out the part to no avail, the role of Kara Danvers/Zor-El has gone to up-and-comer Melissa Benoist.

Benoist may not be a familiar name to the comic book crowd, but has already turned in well-received performances on musical dramedy Glee, as well as the recently acclaimed Whiplash.

So far there's no official comment from either CBS or DC Comics, but Variety reports that the role is Benoist's, meaning the biggest piece of an admittedly difficult puzzle is now in place.

Supergirl TV Actress Melissa Benoist

Until further confirmation from the network or Benoist (which we expect will be coming soon) is given, all fans have to go on is the plot synopsis previously offered, changing the comic book origins of Supergirl to more closely reflect those of her iconic cousin, the Man of Steel:

Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl will follow Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Benoist has personally taken to Twitter to show her excitement as she prepares to join Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Brandon Routh, Robbie Amell and more as the faces of DC Comics' catalogue of superheroes:

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