‘Supergirl’ CBS Series Eyes ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Claire Holt for Lead Role

By December 2, 2014
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Just as the crossover between “Arrow” and “The Flash” is poised to arrive tonight on The CW, another DC Comics superhero is still in development for their own TV series. CBS is bringing Superman’s cousin “Supergirl” to the small screen, and the network is in the midst of testing actresses, and one of the names has surfaced.

The Wrap has learned that The CW is keeping things in the family with “The Vampire Diaries” star Claire Holt in the running for the lead role in the series that follows Kara Zor-El, cousin of Kal-El, who was born on the planet Krypton but also ended up escaping amidst its destruction. Much like Superman in “Smallville,” Kara has been hiding her powers in her life on Earth, but at the age of 24, finally decides to step up and use her superhuman abilities.

Of course, keep in mind that Holt is merely testing for the role and The CW is surely looking at plenty of other actresses to star in the series from “Arrow” and “The Flash” creator Greg Berlanti, who is writing and executive producing with Ali Adler of “Chuck” and “No Ordinary Family,” along with Sarah Schechter (Pan) as executive producer as well.

The Flash vs Arrow

Speaking of Berlanti, since he’s the mastermind behind The CW’s series on the DC superheroes Arrow and The Flash, is there a chance that we’ll see Supergirl crossover into their universes? Apparently it’s not out of the question. In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly (via KSiteTV), there’s this excerpt:

Later in the afternoon at his other office on the Warner Bros. lot, Berlanti meets with fellow producer Ali Adler and Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood to go over looks for their upcoming revamp of Supergirl. The show will follow 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, and with a twist that that could melt fanboy brains, Berlanti says it’s possible this Supergirl could enter the worlds of Arrow and The Flash.

The only question is whether or not CBS and The CW are interested in collaborating to make this possible. A crossover event should be mutually beneficial, but having these DC heroes at separate networks certainly complicates things a bit. But if fans want it badly enough and CBS sees the benefit of working with The CW, then we might see Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow all teaming up at some point. But first we need to know who Supergirl is, so stay tuned.

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Ethan Anderton
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