The CW's shared DC television universe - co-created by Greg Berlanti - is going to expand in 2016 with the spinoff TV show DC's Legends of Tomorrow. However, before then, we'll be getting another DC series partially developed by Berlanti, with Supergirl - and though the Melissa Benoist-headlined series won't formally exist in the same space as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends at first, a future cross-over may well be in the cards.
Supergirl, unlike the aforementioned DC series, will air on CBS, not The CW. It's also now been officially set to air Monday nights, which is a smart move on CBS' part - as it means Supergirl won't be competing directly for attention with The Flash or Arrow (which air on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively), nor will it have to worry about other comic book-based network TV properties returning in 2015-16, like Marvel/ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The CW's Vertigo comic-inspired iZombie.
Fox's DC series Gotham airs on Monday nights, admittedly, but... well, Kara Zor-El should be able to hold her own against the continuing adventures of young Jim Gordon and teenaged Bruce Wayne.
For those curious, here is the official CBS TV show lineup for Monday nights, beginning in Fall 2015:
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (N)
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL (N) (Starting in November)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
Supergirl is also being executive produced by Ali Adler (Chuck, No Ordinary Family), as well as The Flash producers Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg. The show, as mentioned before, is generally considered a fair candidate to cross-over with other DC superhero series at some point, if only because of the talent involved behind the camera. However, until further notice, for all intents and purposes Supergirl exists in a separate DC small screen universe - though, one where Kara's famous cousin will, in fact, be included as part of the canon, as indicated by a new plot summary for the TV show.
For more, read through the updated Supergirl synopsis, featured below:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Now, check out fresh images from the Supergirl series, which Berlanti posted on his Twitter account:
The above banner features a more brightly-colored picture of Benoist in her Supergirl costume (compared to previously-released official images of Benoist and her outfit), while these new Supergirl stills offer a quick look at Kara, Jimmy, and Cat at their place of work. CBS is expected to drop a preview trailer for Supergirl any time now (maybe even later today), so we should soon have a better idea of what the show's characters and modern setting is like - and, more interestingly, how Kara's super-powers and abilities will be portrayed on the CBS program.
Indeed, given the range in tone among modern DC TV shows - the darkly quirky crime procedural that is Gotham, the Batman Begins-lite melodrama of Arrow, The Flash's more colorful superhero world vision - there's not a clear precedent for what to expect from Supergirl, in terms of how the series will approach Kara's world and her enemies (many of which, admittedly, are pretty obscure and a bit silly even by comic book standards). Whatever tone Supergirl ends up going for will, no doubt, impact how much/little interest people will have in actually checking out the series.
Supergirl will air on CBS Monday nights at 8 ET/PT, starting November 2015.