Supergirl is the latest addition to the superhero TV roster. See: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., PlayStation Network’s Powers, TNT’s Teen Titans series, and Amazon’s The Tick. When the news first broke about Supergirl, we knew that Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) were developing and that it would air on CBS, an unlikely network choice.
Moreover, Supergirl isn’t slated to be an origin story. Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin and Krypton’s only other survivor, will be in her early 20s and already have experience dealing with hiding her powers and blending in with humans.
According TVLine, Supergirl is looking for “Caucasian females, age 22 to 26” to fill the role of Kara Danvers a.k.a. Kara Zor-El. The show is also looking for someone to play Kara’s older foster sister, 26-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, an original character that doesn’t exist in the comics.
Alex is said to be “gorgeous, brilliant, [and] science-minded”. Growing up, she was always jealous of Kara yet fascinated by her abilities. This fascination leads to Alex studying “alien anthropology, sociology and culture” and getting a job with a secret government organization. Whether Alex will be friend or foe is yet to be determined, but her jealousy of Kara will have to come into play at some point during the series.
The story kicks off when an unexpected disaster forces Kara to use her powers and embrace her superhero calling.
While another female-led superhero show (the other being Agent Carter) would be nice, Supergirl wouldn’t be my first choice. The character has always been a little dull — not to mention there are far more interesting and varied superheroines in DC’s roster that are worth exploring. In any case, I’ve been enjoying The Flash so maybe Adler and Berlanti can pull this off.
Time will tell.
Supergirl will air on CBS in 2015.