SUPERGIRL Promo Features Calista Flockhart, Melissa Benoist Arguing Over Superhero Names

     July 22, 2015


Here’s yet another taste of CBS’s Supergirl, the latest superhero-based series to hit the small screen from Greg Berlanti, in the form of a promo. Unlike the former looks at the series, which debuted its pilot at Comic-Con, this short promo doesn’t highlight the super powers that allow Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) to become the titular flying world-saver. Instead, the clip shows Benoist as her alter-ego, Kara Danvers, arguing with her boss, Cat Grant, played by Calista Flockhart, about the name of Supergirl. The scene predictably appropriates the word “girl” as being just as powerful and respectful as “woman,” at least in Grant’s view, while Benoist’s Danvers thinks her extraordinary self should have a more adult-sounding name. Having seen the pilot, I can report that these type of scenes are actually what makes CBS’s Supergirl (pun intended) fly and give the rest of the preposterous action and exposition a vague pulse of life.

Here’s the promo for CBS’s Supergirl:

Check out the official synopsis below:

SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).