By: Adam Basciano
The DC Television Universe continues to grow. We have Stephen Amell as Arrow, Grant Gustin as The Flash, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, and Matt Ryan as the soon to be canceled Constantine. Katie Cassidy represented the lone female of the bunch, as the newly minted Black Canary. She has company. CBS has cast 26 year old actress Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/ Supergirl. While she is an unknown to me, she has a pretty impressive body of work including television and film. She’s featured in such series as “Glee”, “Homeland”, “Blue Bloods” and “The Good Wife.” In terms of film, “Whiplash” is on her resume, with various other films in post production. It’s fair to say that she is more experienced the Helen Slater and Laura Vandervoort when they were cast as Supergirl.
“The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.”
Now before a certain segment of fandom complains that Melissa Benoist is not a blonde….Stop your whining and relax! That transformation is taking place. The actress has taken to her social media accounts with pictorial evidence of the transformation. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler have written the pilot script and will serve as executive producers.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)