One of the more interesting pilot projects at CBS is “Supergirl,” based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Actress Melissa Benoist has been cast as the heroine, who in the comics is the cousin of Superman that becomes a hero in the DC Comics Universe after following the example of the Man of Steel. Today, DC Entertainment released the first official promotional photo of Benoist in costume, and its a design that should be immediately familiar to fans of the character in comics. See it below.
The look is very reminiscent of the character’s design from the 1990’s in the comics, with a few notable yet minor modifications to the overall aesthetic. The costume, designed by Colleen Atwood, follows a familiar philosophy to the costumes designed for the CW TV series “Arrow” and “The Flash,” which also featured Atwood’s work. She’s managed to take one of the more well-known designs for the character and tweak it just enough to make it appear new, while also not shying away from the fact that it is, in fact, a superhero costume. This is especially nice to see after coming off of 10 years of a show like “Smallville,” which shied away from the superheroic elements in favor of brightly colored street clothes for those characters.
The series, which will follow Kara Zor-El as she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities, will also star Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”) as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood”) as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Kara’s doctor sister, Alex Danvers, and David Harewood (“Homeland”), as Hank Henshaw — better known to comics fans as the malevolent “Cyborg Superman.”
The show’s pilot is currently in contention for the 2015-16 season. If picked up, it will join other DC Comics-based shows like “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham” in addition to other comics-related shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” For more information on the show as it happens, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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