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.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.That’s right, the Glee and Whiplash star has been cast to take on lead role of Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, in CBS’s new Supergirl TV series from Greg Berlanit and Ali Adler.

Supergirl is preparing to fly once again as American TV network CBS has committed to making a new show based on the superheroine, according to US reports. 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. The show will follow a young Kara Zor-El – who escaped Krypton during its destruction to arrive on Earth and be taken in by foster parents the Danvers. Since escaping the destruction of Krypton, Kara has been hiding her powers, but at the age of 24 she decides to embrace the abilities and be the hero she was destined to be. After years of repressing her powers and hiding her secrets, Kara’s forced to use her gifts to avert a disaster and then emboldened by her heroics, she sheds her mask and embraces her superhero destiny. The series will be made by Warner Bros., which owns the rights to Supergirl and her more famous cousin Superman, and executive produced by TV veteran Greg Berlanti – the man behind comic book show Arrow – and Ali Adler from the New Normal.

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. Helen Slater famously played the heroine on the big screen in 1984’s Supergirl, while Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort played Kara in long-running TV series Smallville. The show follows a slew of similarly-themed comic book TV shows including Arrow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Flash which stars her fellow Glee alum Grant Gustin. 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. 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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