The first live action look at CBS’ Supergirl debuted at the network’s Upfront presentation at NYC’s Carnegie Hall this afternoon. The highly anticipated trailer along with new stills are now online!
Starring Melissa Benoist in the title role as Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El, the show has been set for Mondays in the fall at 8pm, going up against Gotham on Fox.
This six-minute first look certainly starts off promising enough, but oh boy does it go off in tone from the other Warner Bros. Television DC Comics based shows and flies straight into CBS-friendly territory with a healthy dose of light-hearted moments that off set some rather enjoyable scenes of super heroics. Yes, let’s not forget this is targeted at the much older CBS demo, not younger skewing CW.
The show 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.
These two new still give us the first official looks at Benoist as Kara Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant.
Here is the show’s official synopsis:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).