Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the cast of CBS’ “Supergirl” in unspecified roles.
Warner Bros. Television confirmed that the stars will appear on the new show, which will focus on 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, played by “Glee” alumnus Melissa Benoist.
Although it is unclear what characters Cain and Slater will bring to the screen, the news sparked widespread speculation that the duo would portray Kara’s Earth parents. Cain, of course, famously starred on the 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”: Slater starred in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also featured Faye Dunaway.
Written and executive produced by “No Ordinary Family” team Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler (“Chuck,” “Glee”), with Sarah Schechter (“Pan”) also executive producing, “Supergirl” will see Kara working as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant alongside Jimmy Olsen ().
The cast also includes David Harewood (“Homeland”), who joined the CBS one-hour drama as Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Henshaw is a supervillain also known as the Cyborg or Cyborg Superman. In the series, Henshaw is a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), which tracks extraterrestrial threats.
Harewood’s casting was announced Thursday, along with news that “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh will play Supergirl’s foster sister, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, a doctor whose fascination with her sister’s powers inspired her lifelong obsession with science. The name Danvers is a nod to Linda Danvers — the name of several alternative versions of Supergirl throughout comics history.
Laura Benanti (“Nashville,” “Nurse Jackie”) will play Kara’s mother, Alura Zor-El.
Supergirl, comics fans know, is Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. Like Kal-El, Kara escaped Krypton before it was destroyed and arrived on Earth after her cousin, with whom she shares an array of superhuman abilities.
The show will chronicle Kara’s journey as she finds herself ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero.
– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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