In the past few years, aside from the movies and the cartoons, the superhero genre, and its supporting crew, has expanded on the small screen with live-action adaptations. At first, it was more common to find Superman adaptations everywhere, which later on blossomed into the television show “Smallville.” Today, both MARVEL and DC have greatly expanded the genre by adding two live-actions shows on S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s precursor — Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), “The Flash,” “Arrow” and the upcoming Netflix shows on the first of MARVEL’s “Defenders” — Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. This time around, the small screen is welcoming Superman’s cousin, “Supergirl,” which CBS has green lit in September 2014. In an exclusive interview with TV Line, CBS president Nina Tassler talked about having a superhero show on the network. The site also shared that finally, the title role has been cast. Read on for further details.
According to Spoiler TV, “Supergirl” centers around Kara Zor-El, who had been sent to Earth when she was 12 years old as Krypton was on a brink of detruction. On Earth, she was taken in by a foster family — the Danvers. She grew up with her foster sister, Alex Danvers, but repressed her abilities. However, she caught the eye of the public when she turned 24, after she was forced to use her powers publicly due to an unexpected disaster. Thanks to this, she learned to embrace her unique capabilities and set about doing good while learning to take control of the powers that she had never used before.
Based on DC Comics’ official page, Kara Zor-El’s powers include superstrength, flight, invulnerability, super speed, heat vision, freeze breath, superhuman hearing and the ability to heal fast — all the powers that her cousin Superman has. However, she is deemed to be a little bit more dangerous than her cousin as she lacks restraint and mastery over her own powers. She first appeared in comic books in 1959, “Action Comics #252,” and has her own series in “New 52,” which was released in 2011.
According to TVLine, the title role will be portrayed by Melissa Benoist, who was last seen on television as Marley Rose in the musical series “Glee”.
As Kara has already been cast, TV Line shared that the series will also be casting for characters such as James “Jimmy” Olsen, Alex Danvers, Cat Grant and Hank Henshaw, and Wynn Schott.
In an interview with TV Line, CBS president Nina Tassler addressed the concerns on how Kara Zor-El was going to fit in the network as the show isn’t the usual procedural fare. According to her, the show should fare just right on the network and that Kara actually embodied many of the characteristics and qualities that most of the strong female leads had on the network’s shows. She also said that what is great about superheroes on television nowadays is that there is a humanity in them, and since they are not portrayed as all perfect beings, they instantly become more relatable to viewers.
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