Melissa Benoist, star of Glee and Whiplash, has been cast as Supergirl for CBS’s new superhero show of the same name.
The hour-long drama will focus on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-el, who was born on Krypton and escaped to Earth during the planet’s destruction. Kara is the original incarnation of Supergirl, the first of a line of beautiful blond bombshells who bury bad guys.
Kara was taken in by an Earth family, the Danvers, who taught her the importance of doing right and being careful with her powers, much like the Kent family taught Kal-el how to be Clark. After an emergency forces her to use her powers in public, Kara embraces her identity and gains a new one as Supergirl.
The Glee actress is ecstatic to play the superhero, who was most recently portrayed by Laura Vandervoort on the CW’s Smallville.
Supergirl’s debut will mean that all five of the major networks have a comic-book adaptation, with DC properties on four out of those five.
Arrow and Flash show-runner Greg Berlanti and The New Normal’s Ali Adler will write the script and executive-produce Supergirl under Berlanti Productions’ WBTV-based banner.
The show still needs an official series order, but with the success of other superhero shows and a TV star cast as the lead, we should be seeing Supergirl on the small screen sometime soon.