CBS has released a new featurette for Supergirl. Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who is discovering her burgeoning superhero skills while maintaining her civilian identity as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart).
Supergirl comes from the creative team behind The CW’s mini superhero-verse (Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg executive produce), but has a decidedly different tone suited to CBS. I’m pretty torn on what I’ve seen from the series so far. The action looks great, and Benoist has a perfect “everygirl” charm to pull off the secret identity dynamic, but audiences have waited a long time to see a female superhero stake her claim in entertainment landscape, and I’m not sure all this talk of dating and lipstick really lives up to that expectation. Remember that SNL Black Widow sketch? This feels a lot like that.
Hopefully Supergirl will prove me wrong when it debuts on October 26th. stars Mechad Brooks, David Harewood and Chyler Leigh. Check out the new featurette for yourself below.
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, 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, 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. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, 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.