CBS is preparing to make a bid in the ongoing lucrative superhero TV show game with Supergirl - from Arrow and The Flash co-creator Greg Berlanti and The New Normal co-creator Adi Adler. Leaked photos from the Supergirl pilot set have so far provided an early look at supporting cast members like Mehcad Brooks (as Jimmy Olsen), to go along with the first official look at Melissa Benoist as Kara Denvers/Zor-El.
A better look at the Supergirl TV series lies just over the horizon, now that filming on the pilot has wrapped. The show, like fellow DC small screen adaptation The Flash, will need some fairly substantial visual effects magic - so that it might properly realize its namesake's super-powers. Which is to say, the pilot may require a fair amount of post-production work, before its potential as a series can really be properly evaluated (by both CBS executives and test audiences alike).
Arrow and The Flash director/cinematographer (as well as longtime Smallville director of photography) Glen Winter was tasked with calling the shots on the Supergirl pilot, drawing from Adler and Berlanti's script work. Winter confirmed that production on the pilot is done over the weekend (via Twitter), while Benoist alluded to the completion of filming with her respective Twitter post yesterday (see below).
Supergirl pilot is wrapped. 5:30 am Sunday morning. So tired and happy.
— Glen Winter (@Glen__Winter) March 29, 2015
Today was a really really really good day.
— Melissa Benoist (@itsmmbenoist) March 29, 2015
Kryptonsite, which picked up Winter's message shortly after he posted it, noted that CBS is slated to present its Fall 2015 programming (which includes the Supergirl pilot) to potential advertisers in May (the 13th, to be exact) - so it's unlikely that any footage from Winter's pilot episode will be released before then. Hence, it remains to be seen if this new Berlanti/DC project can bring Kara's powers to life as convincingly as The Flash handles Barry Allen's lightning-fast speed.
However, in a TV era when The Flash continues to impress with its metahuman effects even operating on a CW TV series budget (and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed likewise with its own VFX demands on ABC), there's a solid chance Supergirl will prove impressive enough (sheerly in terms of small screen spectacle) to get plenty of attention from marketers. This certainly isn't another David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman pilot in the making; the Supergirl comic book property is getting the respect it deserves here, judging by the caliber of talent involved and the effort already put towards creating a good look for Kara - one that's modern, yet pays respect to the character's history.
Here is the synopsis for Supergirl:
The series will follow Kara Zor-El, a Kryptonian girl who's been hiding her powers here on Earth, but decides to embrace her powers, and become the hero she was always meant to be.
The Supergirl cast includes Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Kara's mother, Alura Zor-El; Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, the head of CatCo and Kara's boss; Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (Supergirl the 1984 movie) in as-yet unannounced roles; and actors such as The Mentalist's Owain Yeoman and Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years) as certain members of the Supergirl villain gallery.
Supergirl is expected to premiere on CBS in Fall 2015.
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