With a plethora of TV series based on comics continuing this fall, one of the shows making its debut is “Supergirl.”
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, “Supergirl” features Kara Zor-El, cousin of Kal-El — who is better known as Superman. In the show, Superman is already an established hero in the world, while Kara has been living a life of normality until drastic circumstances push her to expose herself as the powerful heroine she was destined to become. Ahead of its fall premiere, CBS has released a special first look at the upcoming series, which you can watch below.
In the comics, Kara is a Kryptonian who was sent to Earth in the twilight of her own planet to look after her baby cousin Kal-El, and help guide him as they both grew up on an unknown world. Due to an accident in transit, though, Kara’s ship arrived years late, and by the time she splashed down in Earth’s ocean, Kal-El had already grown up to become Superman. Supergirl has appeared outside of the comics before, with actress Helen Slater playing her in her own film in 1984, along with numerous animated appearances on different Superman and DC Comics-related series. Actress Laura Vandervoort also played her beginning in season 7 on the CW’s “Smallville,” and appeared in varying capacities through that show’s tenth season.
This series, though, is the first other media effort to focus exclusively on Kara in a very long time, and changes some elements of the character’s mythology to fit an ongoing episodic series. Kara herself will be played by actress Melissa Benoist, and she’ll be joined by the likes of Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as James “Jimmy” Olsen (yes, that Jimmy Olsen), and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw. It’s expected to debut later this year.
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