CBS has picked up “Supergirl” for its 2015-1016 season. Melissa Benoist, known for her role as Nicole in the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” will play Superman‘s cousin Kara Zor-El, also known as Kara Danvers.
“Supergirl” will be written and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, executive producer of “Arrow” and “The Flash,” and Ali Adler, co-creator of “The New Normal.” The two will team up to write and produce the series with Andrew Kreisberg, who is well reputed for his work in “Arrow” and “The Flash,” and Sarah Schechter, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The pilot of the series was shot with a budget of $14 million. It chronicles the 24 year old Supergirl, who decides to not keep her Kryptonian powers a secret anymore and subsequently becomes a superhero.
The show will also star Ally McBeal’s protagonist, Calista Flockhart, as Kara’s boss, Cat Grant; and Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olson. David Harewood will star as the supervillain, Hank Henshaw.
Variety reports that familiar faces – including Dean Cain from “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and the Helen Slater from the 1984 Supergirl movie – will also feature on the show.
The decision to pick up “Supergirl” is part of CBS’s efforts to extend the boundaries of its otherwise standard crime procedural space. The superhero genre has made a massive impact both in the movie and television industry, especially with The CW showing “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
However, a concern looming over CBS is whether fans of shows like “NCIS” and “Criminal Minds” will welcome its experimentation with the superhero genre.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Supergirl” enters the superhero universe by joining DC’s “The Flash,” “Arrow “and “iZombie” (The CW); “Gotham” (Fox); NBC’s “Constantine;” and ABC’s “Marvel‘s Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter.”
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