CBS is one big step closer to seeing their Girl of Steel take to the sky. Glee alum and Whiplash star Melissa Benoist has been set to star as Kara Zor-El on Supergirl, which will bring Superman’s Kryptonian cousin to the small screen in her own series.
But seriously, sans emoji… I AM SO EXCITED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Supergirl
— Melissa Benoist (@itsmmbenoist) January 22, 2015
The DC Comics icon was seen previously on television in The CW’s Smallville (portrayed by Laura Vandervoort) and on the big screen in 1984’s Supergirl (starring Helen Slater in the title role).
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 Supergirl pilot was penned by Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti and No Ordinary Family‘s Ali Adler, who also serve as executive producers along with Berlanti Productions’ Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. Television.
Familiar Superman characters Jimmy Olsen and Cat Grant are also slated to have roles in the show. Whether Supergirl is firmly set in the same TV-universe as Berlanti’s other DC / WB shows Arrow and Flash remains to seen. The same can be said of David S. Goyer’s upcoming show Krypton set for Syfy, and whether its events will be incorporated as official prequel canon for Kara’s home world. Since Goyer also penned the screenplay to Man of Steel, his new show could conceivably be set in the DC cinematic universe of events.
Unlike Marvel, WB seems adamant on keeping their movie and TV properties separate, even when the same character could appear simultaneously in both mediums (Flash, Suicide Squad, Bruce Wayne). So its unlikely Supergirl will have any timely sweeps in-person team-ups with her cousin.