The Warner Bros TV and DC panel in at Comic-Con gave fans a chance to hear Warner Bros. and DC producers/actors discuss their existing shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, as well as giving away bits of information for their upcoming TV releases Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen and Supergirl .
Supergirl is set to premiere October 26th on CBS, but there has already been much talk and hype surrounding the series, not least since it was the victim of an online leak back in May. During their part in the “A Night of DC Entertainment” panel, the Supergirl team did not discuss the leak but focused instead on the upcoming release of the show, with executive producer Ali Adler describing Supergirl as a “story that needs to be told.” She also said that a show led by a female superhero was “long overdue,” with fellow executive producer Greg Berlanti adding that they are doing it right and following the comic books, so it will be interesting to see how their new casting announcement fits within the show.
Peter Facinelli (Can't Hardly Wait, Twilight) is to join the Supergirl team in the recurring role of Maxwell Lord, a character from the comics described as “sometimes a villain, sometimes a hero.” In the comic stories, Maxwell Lord is a powerful businessman who has strong links to the Justice League. According to the official announcement of Facinelli’s casting, in Supergirl, Lord will be incorporated as a “Green tech billionaire who enjoys a friendly rivalry with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and a fascination with National City’s newest arrival — Supergirl.”
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said:
“Greg [Berlanti], Ali [Adler] and I have been fans of Peter for years. We’re beyond thrilled to have him join us on Supergirl’s first adventures bringing the iconic Maxwell Lord to life.”
Adler has worked with Facinelli before, since she served as executive producer on Glee, where Facinelli appeared in a guest role during season 5. The same show, of course, featured Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, for two seasons.
Given that they have confirmed their intention to follow the comics, it will be interesting to see how far Supergirl decides to push the villainous side of Facinelli’s character. The original character suggests a dark, brooding presence, and indeed, Maxwell Lord once murdered his friend and former teammate, Blue Beetle, by shooting him in the head. However, the description of his TV persona, as a man who has merely a “fascination” with Supergirl, seems to suggest that maybe they're going with the earlier (read: lighter) version of the character.
Supergirl also screened the pilot episode at Comic-Con, and the early fan reaction seems overwhelmingly positive if Twitter is anything to go by. With the timeline established (we know that the TV show cannot exist within the DC cinematic universe), plenty of hype surrounding costumes, casting, the female-led superhero genre and the promise of two more villains, it seems as though Supergirl could well be a massive hit for DC when it airs this Fall.
Supergirl premieres October 29 @8:30pm on CBS, and then will air regularly on Mondays at @8pm.