‘Supergirl’: ‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

Jan. 22, 2015 | 11:03 a.m.
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Actress Melissa Benoist has been cast as the heroine in "Supergirl." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; DC Entertainment)

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Actress Melissa Benoist is photographed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Melissa Benoist is photographed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Actress Melissa Benoist is set to star in “Supergirl,” CBS’ new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes.

The series will be 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, 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 focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero.

On television, Benoist is best known for her work on “Glee”; she can be seen currently on the big screen in the Oscar-nominated film, “Whiplash.” Later this spring, she will be featured in Fox’s “The Longest Ride.”

It won’t be Supergirl’s first time on screen; Helen Slater played the character in the critically panned 1984 film “Supergirl,” which also starred Faye Dunaway. More recently, Laura Vandervoort portrayed Kara Zor-El in “Smallville,” the Superman origin series on the CW.

With the new series, Supergirl is joining a plethora of DC Entertainment characters to land their own TV shows. “Gotham,” which follows Batman universe characters and focuses on Gotham City Police Department Det. James Gordon, is on Fox; “Arrow” and “The Flash” are on the CW; and “Constantine” is on NBC. “IZombie,” based on the Vertigo title, is set for a March premiere on the CW.

Other DC properties still in development include “Titans,” “Lucifer,” “Ronin,” “DMZ” and “Scalped,” according to DC Entertainment.

Who do you think about Benoist’s casting in the new series? Let us know in the comments.

– Gina McIntyre & Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex


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8 Responses to ‘Supergirl’: ‘Glee’ actress Melissa Benoist to star in new CBS series

  1. JamesGrayson says:

    All us feminists ask is that you do not make her character the stereotypical "strong girl". In other words, please refrain from making her gay or bi-sexual, like Sarah in Arrow or Korra. That old fashion notion should have died out a long time ago. I personally would love to see gay characters in the show who are already very comfortable with their sexuality and which do not fall into stereotypes. How about a warm, nurturing lesbian or a strong muscular gay man? We don't come in one size only, ya know.

    • John says:

      I would argue that the gay characters aren't the ones not "comfortable with their sexuality" as much as it you reading that discomfort into them because you yourself are the uncomfortable one.

    • Anna Riley says:

      Forget all of that nonsense. No one really cares about a character whose identity is solely based on who they like to have in the bed next to them. Comfortable or otherwise. If CBS is going to jump on the comic book show band wagon they should at least try to be original….make it a bash/smash show. There you will find your "Strong girl."

      And if they want to go the route of "We're partners" then they should forget the warm nurturing lesbian or a muscled gay man. Instead they should show an out of work, sports loving, beer drinking, wife beating lesbian & a bucket of chicken eating, gravy boating drinking, 350 lb mass of gayness who just simply can't understand his place in the world. If you don't come in one size then XXXL would be a different pace, yeah?

      If neither of those float your boat then just wait & see what they offer. In the mean time to get your who's in my bed this week sort of fix you can flip through the 50+ shows that already show what you're looking for. ….smile

    • DAnshutz says:

      It's a comic book for crying out loud …

  2. mike says:

    Supergirl hahahahaha…I don't like women sports or women superheroes.

  3. Zor-el says:

    Supergirl has two traits as unique to her as Catwoman's ears are to that character.
    The first: obviously, her blonde hair. I can't picture Supergirl in anything other than blonde.
    The second: not so obviously, her eyes. Supergirl always has bright, expressive eyes, not exactly crazy eyes, but intense. Their intensity hints of the power beneath the girlish charm.
    Without these traits she's not the same Supergirl.
    I think Helen Slater had the perfect look for the part. Laura V. also did the look justice.
    Cannot yet determine whether the new girl has it.

  4. jeff says:

    too bad they couldn't bring bacl laura vanderhoort. she was a great supergirl on smallville.

  5. paul says:

    why does every show now have to have a gay man or women on it now? stop all the politically correct bull and make a good show without politics

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