Melissa Benoist to play ‘Supergirl’ in new CBS show

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist cast as Supergirl in CBS’ new superhero show.

The actress — who also appears in the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash” — has been tapped to play the lead in CBS’ “Supergirl,” the latest TV series based on DC Comics characters.Melissa Benoist has been cast as Kara Zor-El — aka Supergirl, daughter of the Danvers — Superman’s most well-known relative (sorry, Ma and Pa Kent).

The forthcoming superhero show will feature Melissa Benoist as the titular character. “Glee” fans will remember her as Marley Rose from seasons four and five, and those who saw Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash” will recognize her as Andrew Neiman’s (Miles Teller) love-interest, who gets brushed aside when the drummer prodigy chooses his instrument over her. The one-hour drama (no premiere date yet)focuses on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton years ago and has been hiding her powers on Earth. There’s no set time-table as to when “Supergirl” is set to air; the show is currently in development by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”).

Supergirl has had many incarnations over the years, but the CBS series starring Benoist will follow Superman’s cousin from Krypton, Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers. Fox has the Bat-prequel “Gotham,” and the CW has both “Arrow” and “The Flash.” (All but “Gotham” share the creative DNA of writer/producer Greg Berlanti.) (And yes, as with numerous superheroes, even adult characters are often “boys” and “girls”; the social politics of Spandex properties is for another column or 12.) With this hire, “Glee” is shaping up as a farm system for DC casting, with “Flash” star Grant Gustin also being an alum. (And speaking of: Benoist once tried out a super-cape, to play her character’s inner superhero, Woman Fierce, on “Glee.” Nice non-audition audition, that.) Benoist is currently shining in the critically acclaimed film “Whiplash,” opposite the Oscar-nominated J.K. She will next appear in the film “The Longest Ride” and is the second “Glee” alum to move to a TV superhero role following Grant Gustin, who stars in “The Flash.” The character made the jump to a feature film in 1984, starring Helen Slater as Supergirl, and co-starring Faye Dunaway, Peter O’Toole, and Mia Farrow. Considering reports that the Supergirl show will start with Kara in hiding, perhaps dark locks will be part of the disguise. (And here’s hoping the fanboy Internet doesn’t break over something like hair color.) One of the bigger questions will be: Just which Superman will this Supergirl be related to? (Will Superman even be mentioned on the show?) And given the network’s Warner Bros. parent, might they dare write a connection to Henry Cavill’s big-screen Man of Steel?

There’s a humanity, they’re flawed, there’s a relatability,” CBS boss Nina Tassler told press at TCA. “I think for our network, what we responded to was her humanity…the other characters on the show as well. These are all things that made her imminently relatable and made the story exciting, made it an adventure.” Characters in the new CBS show, which has already received a series commitment, include Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant and Alex Danvers, Kara’s foster sister. Now, we wait to see what the Colleen Atwood-designed S-on-the-chest suit looks like — and whether this still up-in-the-air Supergirl drama ever makes it on air,

DC Comics/Warner Bros. has Constantine on NBC, The Flash andArrow on The CW, iZombie in the wings at The CW and a potential new Arrow spinoff also in the works at the network. Marvel has two shows on ABC—Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—and several in development on Netflix with the first, Daredevil starring Charlie Cox, debuting this spring.

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