“Supergirl” TV Show in the Works for CBS
DC is continuing to try and take over the airwaves, this time with a female-driven superhero show, and not on the CW/WB. It looks like we’re going to be getting a Supergirl TV series, and casting has already started.
Although Supergirl sounds like she’s being based on her silver-age origin rather than her New 52 incarnation (thank you, Jeebus), we’re also getting an original character that looks both interesting aaaaand pretty standard at this point:
For Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers, the show is eyeing Caucasian females, age 22 to 26, to play 24. As the series’ mythology goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.
The other lead role currently being cast is that of 26-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Kara’s gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister. Growing up, Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super.
It’ll be good to see someone super and with real, clear ties to humanity. And her foster sister will hopefully be more of an Oracle to her Batman instead of a Chloe to her Clark.
There are also going to be versions of Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, and others, including more original characters:
Cat is described as a woman in her 40s and the founder of media conglomerate called CatCo. The casting information says the producers are open to any ethnicities for the part, which is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.” Kara Danvers, Supergirl’s civilian identity, will be Cat’s personal assistant when she’s not saving lives.
Like with Cat Grant, the casting directors are open to ethnicity when it comes to CatCo photographer James Olsen. The character is described as smart, worldly, attractive and in his late 20s or early 30s. Olsen will be a bit of an alpha male in the series and also the object of Kara’s affection.
CatCo programmer Winslow ‘Wynn’ Schott is described as a twentysomething genius and “Comic-Con stalwart.” He will be Kara’s next door neighbor and develop a crush on her, which could lead to some awkward encounters should he ever give into the villainous tendencies of his comic book counterpart, Toyman.
So, Cat sounds like more of her New 52 self, but with Kara answering to her in a sort of JJJameson meeets Devil-Wears-Prada Lady kind of dynamic. Jimmy being an “alpha male” is something that I just can’t reconcile with every incarnation that I’ve ever read or seen of him. This reference to the Toyman makes me think that we’ll see some of her supporting cast turn evil as the series goes on. And we’re also going to get CIA Agent Hank Henshaw in the cast, no doubt constantly coming across bits and pieces of Kara’s secret here and there throughout the episodes.
As much as a lot of this sounds like stuff we’ve all seen before, it also seems like it’s being put together in a different enough way to at least be entertaining.
Here’s hoping that we get a show with a good mix of comedy, heart, and drama, and not just another dark, brooding DC standard. And, hey, maybe the fact that they’re going with the silver-age origin means that they’re starting to realize that the New 52 origins are just not going to fly with anyone outside of die-hard comic fans.
Posted on November 5, 2014, in DC Comics, Supergirl, Superman, TV show News and tagged casting, CBS, dc comics, kara danvers, kara zor-el, supergirl, tv show news. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.