Starting next year, all the major television networks will have their own slice of the superhero pie: ABC has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fox has Gotham, NBC has Constantine, The CW has Arrow and The Flash, and CBS will have Supergirl. The CBS series comes from the minds of Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (Chuck); it will change the origin story of Kara Zor-El (a.k.a. Supergirl), the cousin of Kal-El (better known as Clark Kent/Superman).
Recently, casting on Supergirl has begun and character descriptions of both Kara and her foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, were released. Now, the casting descriptions of four more characters have been revealed - all of which fans of Superman will recognize.
TV Line is reporting that CBS is looking for four more actors to join the cast of Supergirl as series regulars, perhaps rounding out the core cast alongside Kara and Alex. The four additions include Kara’s boss, a potential ally for Supergirl, and two possible villains.
Read the full character descriptions:
CAT GRANT | The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
JAMES OLSEN | In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and (duh) attractive photographer for CatCo. Though an alpha male, his salt-of-the-earth nature elicits a huge ol’ crush from Kara.
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.
HANK HENSHAW | As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.
In the pre-New 52 comic book continuity, Hank Henshaw was originally a Mr. Fantastic analog that eventually became the Cyborg Superman, a villain with a robotic body designed with Kryptonian technology. However, in DC’s New 52, Henshaw is simply a scientist, so it’s unclear whether or not the Henshaw on Supergirl will in fact become Cyborg Superman (or something akin to Cyborg Superman).
Additionally, the other characters are recognizable from DC comics. Winslow Schott becomes Toyman, a villain known for creating dangerous toy-like gadgets. Jimmy Olsen is a friend of Superman’s and works alongside Clark Kent at the Daily Planet (often as a photographer). Cat Grant also works at the Planet as a gossip columnist - it’s not a far jump to a media conglomerate.
Although fans of DC may have a good idea of who each of these Supergirl characters will be based on their comic book iterations, Berlanti may not be above the use of red herrings. In the pilot of The Flash, a character resembling Professor Zoom/Reverse Flash as well as a character with the name Thawne were introduced; however, the show has given no inclination that these two characters are linked in the way they are in the comics (though it may be too early to say for sure).
With that in mind, there’s no guarantee these Supergirl characters will follow in the same footsteps as the comic book versions, but the descriptions do allude to some shared characteristics. For instance, although Cat Grant won’t have the same job as in the comics, her attitude and characterization (“J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour”) will likely be similar to that of her character in the New 52.
What do you think of these new character descriptions for CBS’ Supergirl? Will they play out exactly as we predict based on the comics or will Berlanti and Adler throw viewers a curveball? Sound off in the comments below!
Supergirl is expected to air on CBS sometime in 2015.
Source: TV Line [via CBM]