Krypton’s Kara Zor-El will take to the sky this fall. CBS has confirmed Supergirl for a series run based on the strength of the pilot episode starring Melissa Benoist in the title role.
Reportedly there was some early back and forth on the potential series between CBS and sibling network The CW, where it could have joined the other Warner Bros. Television shows based on DC Comics characters Arrow, The Flash and their upcoming untitled spin-off series. Supergirl proved too pricey for The CW and ultimately picked up favor with top CBS brass when the final cut of the pilot was screened.
Supergirl star tweeted following the news:
— Melissa Benoist (@MelissaBenoist) May 6, 2015
The show was a near sure bet with CBS having a heavy penalty clause if not ordered to series.
The series will follow the adventures of Superman’s cousin, the 24 year-old Zor-El / Kara Danvers, who after hiding her alien powers since rocketed to Earth from Krypton as a child, reveals herself to the world as a costumed super hero.
Here is CBS’s official synopsis:
Based on the characters from DC Comics, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods., centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
The pilot also stars Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant), Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers), David Harewood (Chief Hank Henshaw), Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen), Faran Tahir (The Commander) and Laura Benanti (Alura Zor-El). Former Superman and Supergirl Dean Cain and Helen Slater are also on board in secret roles.
We can expect to see a sizzle reel from the show next week following the CBS Upfront presentation in NYC.