Producer Greg Berlanti has had a lot of success with the superhero genre. With his hits, Arrow, The Flash, and presumably the upcoming [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) (find out more about the show here), over on The CW, he has created his own little superhero universe. But, his next show, Supergirl, will not be on The CW. It will be on CBS. And that is just one thing we know.
So, what else do we know?
Supergirl- The Title character, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) escaped the destruction of her home planet, Krypton, and head to earth when she was 12. There she was taken in by the Danvers, who accepted her and helped her control her powers. When she is 24, now Kara Danvers, she is forced to use her powers in public. Fueled by her heroism, she embraces her powers and starts to help people.
And as a bonus, here is how confident Berlanti is about Benoist as the lead, "If we hadn’t found her, I wouldn’t have wanted to make it."
Alex Danvers- Kara's foster sister. Alex (Chyler Leigh) is described as gorgeous, brilliant, and science-minded. Growing up, she was both fascinated by and jealous of her abilities. This made her want to learn everything she could about aliens. Now, she works for a secret government organization alongside Kara.
Cat Grant- The founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate, Cat (Calista Flockhart) is Kara's boss at Kara's day job. She is also described as "J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour".
James Olsen- No longer Jimmy, James (Mehcad Brooks) is a smart, worldly and, quite obviously handsome photographer. And Kara, also quite obviously, gets a a crush on him.
Hank Henshaw- As a CIA agent, Hank (David Heyward) grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now, he lord's over the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself and worried that she poses a threat to humankind.
And yes, he is "Cyborg Superman" (really long story) in the comics. And though, I am sure he might end up a villain, I wouldn't bet on him being that villain.
Winslow "Wynn" Schott- A twentysomething tech whiz, Wynn (Jeremy Jordan) has a crush on Kara. He also happens to be her next-door neighbor. Wynn, in the comics, is also the villain, Toyman.
Other Characters- Laura Benanti has been cast as Alura Zor-El, Kara's Kryptonian mother. Not much is know about her role other than it is described as a "major recurring arc". And ex- superheroes, Dean Cain and Helen Slater are set to play Mrs. and Mr. Danvers.
And this is what Executive Producer Ali Adler has to say about the involvement of Superman in the show:
“Our prototype is the way the president is seen on Veep.It’s certainly [inspired by] so much of what Julia-Louis Dreyfus’ character goes through. Ultimately, this is a show about Supergirl and we really want to see it through her lens.”
Here's the official synopsis for the show:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
Here's the first look followed by a different, shorter trailer.
Supergirl will be a case of the week type show, at least at the start. So, there will be a few different villains. The villain of the pilot will be Lumberjack. He shows up to fight Kara, after fighting her cousin, to test here power level for an "unseen superior".
A bigger bad will be The Commander (Faran Tahir). He's "an alien military expert leading the forces aligned against Supergirl." Not much else is known at the moment.
At SDCC, three more villains were announced.
Maxwell Lord- As a rival to Cat Grant's, Lord (Peter Facinelli) is a green-tech billionaire with a fascination with Supergirl. He is also said to be "Kara's human foil". Read more about him here.
Reactron- A New Earth villain, Reactron, in the comics, got injured while on duty with the Army. He was then given a suit to help keep him alive. No actor or any other details pertaining to the show are known right now.
Livewire- A Loud-mouth and mean spirit, Livewire can mess with people over the radio and is later able to manipulate electricity. She usually takes on Superman in the comics.
You will see more Superman villains as well. Here is what Berlanti on that.
You will see some Superman villains, which I think is interesting. You know, because he exists in the universe, and it’s not going to take much for them to look at the sky and go, ‘She’s wearing the same ‘S’ as this other guy and she can fly, too.’ And so, it’s interesting to bring some of those characters over.
When will it air and other details
Supergirl will air on Monday, October 26 at 8:30pm EST/PST, after a new epsiode of The Big Bang Theory. The following week, it will move to 8pm EST. It got a full season order, so you will probably will see 22 episodes of the show. Though it could be more or less.
And, though it is created by the same team as the shows on the CW, Supergirl will take place in its on universe. It will not cross over with Arrow, The Flash, or Legends of Tomorrow.