CBS has found its Supergirl! And despite the popular belief that The Originals’ Claire Holt was pretty much cast as Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, the role goes to Glee star Melissa Benoist.
As we have previously reported the Supergirl series might expand the Arrow/The Flash universe that had been build up on The CW over the last few years, but at this point crossovers seem unlikely. The series has not been officially ordered yet, but with the current flow (and success) of super hero shows on television it is basically a done deal. Greg Berlanti, who is currently working on both Arrow and The Flash, will be producing the series alongside Ali Adler (The New Normal) and Sarah Schecter.
TV Line has more information on the plot of Supergirl: “Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet of Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has concealed the powers she shares with her famous cousin.” Furthermore The Hollywood Reporter teases that “Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.”
Benoist joins fellow Glee star Grant Gustin (The Flash) and Arrow-hunk Stephen Amell among the league of super heroes on television. I am incredibly happy to have a female super hero lead the show. There are never enough kickass ladies on our screens. However, as someone who has been fiercely rooting for Claire Holt as Kara, the casting has been a little disappointing. Benoist appeared on (one of the less stellar seasons of) Glee as Marley Rose, a character I never thought likeable. She was a too clichéd and barely tolerable, unfortunately used in flat story arcs. This being said I highly doubt that Benoist was at fault, and I am always a person that is ready to give an actor a second chance. I was pleasantly surprised by Grant Gustin who started The Flash as “that kid from Glee”, but quickly stunned everyone with a fantastic performance on the pilot, and now in further episodes. I will pay Melissa Benoist the same courtesy, so woo me, Glee girl!
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