‘Supergirl’ series flies to CBS in new wave of comic book-inspired TV

Sept. 19, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.
"Supergirl" is coming to CBS. (DC Entertainment)

“Supergirl” is coming to CBS. (DC Entertainment)

Supergirl is soaring onto the small screen in a new one-hour drama, the latest in a flurry of TV shows based on comic book superheroes.

CBS has given a series commitment for the show, DC Entertainment confirmed Friday. 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.

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, premieres Monday on Fox. The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash” and NBC’s “Constantine” premiere next month. And “iZombie,” based on the Vertigo title, is set for a midseason premiere on the CW.

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

Meanwhile, Marvel is putting up its own lineup, including ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which returns for a second season Tuesday. Also in the works for ABC is “Agent Carter,” which will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from the “Captain America” films,  and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage.”

Who do you think should play Kara in the new series? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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11 Responses to ‘Supergirl’ series flies to CBS in new wave of comic book-inspired TV

  1. Eliza says:

    I think Michelle Trachtenburg would be an interesting choice.

  2. Weazy says:

    Laura Vandervoort !!!

  3. Richard Wolfe says:

    As long as its Supergirl, and not a recasting of old Superboy scripts,it should fly and right.

  4. Antoine says:

    Alyson Mchalka would be perfect.

    • mypint says:

      I agree. she looks the part and is established herself in many roles. Beef you up a lil with some muscle tone, get her into the dojo to get her into hand and eye fighting condition…..Supergirl.

  5. mooshki says:

    America Young. She doesn't have to be a blonde!

  6. alpavangkanan says:

    Ciara Hanna. She already looks great in spandex.

  7. John says:

    The UFC's Ronda Rousey if you want any legitimacy of a blond chick portraying a believable asskicker. I'd rather my superhero women (and men) be played by someone who is a believable, bone-crunching fighter than a beautiful, line-emoting actress.

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