#Supergirl:   Melissa Benoist To Play Supergirl

#Supergirl: Melissa Benoist To Play Supergirl

It’s a bird it’s a plane, no it’s #Supergirl!

Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods. have cast Melissa Benoist as their Kara Zor-El for the upcoming CBS series Supergirl.

The Glee alum beat out fellow actresses like Claire Holt and Elizabeth Lail for the part.

The upcoming series, based on the original DC Comic (which debuted in 1959), centers on Zor-El, who, after escaping to Earth from her planet of Krypton, attempts to hide her powers alongside her famous cousin Superman. But after turning 24, Benoist’s character decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she’s meant to be.

CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler told TV writers last week that even though CBS hasn’t done as much in the genre, “It’s a real passion of ours. We heard the pitch for ‘Supergirl’ and realized that she embodied so many of the qualities and the characteristics of classic female heroines on this network.

“We think it’s a story and a coming-of-age opportunity for us.”

Tassler added that CBS doesn’t see the show as a “superhero” production.

“There’s a human drama there,” she said. “We know there are so many superhero characters portrayed in films, but I think we’re watching an evolution with regard to the way they’re portrayed.

 

Deadline adds:

 

Written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, the project went through an extensive casting process, with several young actresses testing for the lead. Benoist had been consistently in the mix, first alongside Claire Holt and more recently considered along with Elizabeth Lail.

 

Benoist is best known for appearing in Glee as Marley. The 26-year-old also made appearances on Homeland and The Good Wife, plus a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash alongside Miles Teller.

Following the news, the breakout star tweeted: “But seriously, sans emoji… I AM SO EXCITED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Supergirl”

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Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl will follow Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, Supergirl will follow Kara Zor-El. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.