Call of the hunt, CBS has announced who will play “Supergirl,” and the superhero will be played by former “Glee” cast-member Melissa Benoist. CBS announced the new hourlong series last-year, and has finally made the decision on who will play Superman’s cousin in the new show.
As for the series itself, the pilot was written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, part of Berlanti Productions and of course Warner Bros. Television. Supergirl (also known as Kara Zor-El) also escaped Krypton before the doomed planet explode just like her cousin.
In the series Supergirl will be 24, and will use her superhuman abilities to help save the world, because that just seems to run in the family. Berlanti Productions also oversees “Arrow” and “The Flash,” two DC comics that have been doing wonders for The CW. Helen Slater and Laura Vandervoort played Supergirl in previous TV renditions.
It was CBS chair Nina Tassler that talked about the series during the TCA Winter Press Tour saying that Supergirl, “embodied so many of the characteristics of classic female heroines on the network… We fell in love with the pitch.”
Benoist is currently touring with her Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash,” a film that could win up to five Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. The next project she is set to star in will be “The Longest Ride,” with Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. That film will release in April.