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Spyder - February 23, 2015 09:12 PM (GMT)
The Brothers & Sisters and Ally McBeal Emmy nominee has been tapped to star in CBS' Supergirl, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman's cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).
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Now 24, Kara feels disempowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She's still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn't know it herself. But an unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city, and they soon take notice. She's even given a new moniker: Supergirl.
Flockhart will play DC Comics character Cat Grant. In CBS' incarnation, Cat is the self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo. Cat started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse. Kara (Glee and Whiplash alum Benoist) works as Cat Grant's assistant.
For Flockhart, the role marks her first series regular role following her five-season run on ABC's Brothers & Sisters as well as five-season turn on Fox's Ally McBeal. She also has a role on DirecTV's Full Circle season two, where actors typically do one or two episodes. She's repped by Gersh, Industry Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Fockhart joins a cast that, in addition to Benoist includes Necessary Roughness alum Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Nashville's Laura Benati in the recurring role of Kara/Supergirl's mother.
Arrow and Flash's Greg Berlanti and his No Ordinary Family cohort Ali Adler (The New Normal) will pen the script and executive produce the drama via Berlanti Productions' Warner Bros. Television-based banner. Berlanti Productions' topper Sarah Schechter is also on board to executive produce.

Spyder - February 27, 2015 02:40 AM (GMT)
The supporting cast of CBS’ upcoming Supergirl series has swelled by two, with the roles of star Kara Zor-El’s (Melissa Benoist) older sister, and the former CIA operative-turned-superhuman watchdog Hank Henshaw now filled.

For the part of Alexandra Danvers, Kara’s foster sister, the producers have tapped Chyler Keigh (Grey’s Anatomy). In the case of Hank Henshaw, it seems David Harewood (Homeland) will be playing the brilliant man who, in the comics, would eventually go on to become the tragic figure/half-robotic supervillain aptly named ‘Cyborg Superman.’

The casting news comes courtesy of Variety, with Chyler Leigh likely best known to audiences for playing Lexie Grey, half-sister to Grey’s Anatomy‘s main character. Leigh was more recently seen in the unofficially-cancelled Taxi Brooklyn on NBC, playing a police officer who joins forces with a New York cab driver.

Adding the character of Alex Danvers to the Supergirl story marks one of the most significant changes to the comic book origin – and likely one way which the show will seek to tap into the family drama that’s proven so successful in The Flash. However, Alex won’t just be helping to “humanize” the Supergirl story, as the previous character details implied that her brilliance and familiarity with superhuman activity could end up leading her to a (highly secretive) government job.

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The casting that will surely fuel even more conversation among comic book fans, though, will be that of Harewood. Previously seen on Homeland and the recently-cancelled Selfie, Harewood’s casting as another high-ranking government agent who plays things close to his vest isn’t surprising in the least. In Supergirl, he’ll by playing Hank Henshaw: a former CIA Agent now overseeing the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, and fulfilling the need to have some shadowy government figure who feels a superpowered vigilante is a threat to national security.

That’s not the most original character description, but it’s what lies in Henshaw’s future that will be getting fans excited. Originally introduced in the comics as a doomed astronaut, Henshaw was able to preserve his consciousness in digital form, eventually viewing Superman as his enemy, and constructing a robotic body including residual DNA of the Man of Steel. Ever since, the hard-to-kill Henshaw has kept a tenuous grip on his sanity, meaning an overall paranoia toward Kryptonians is well-founded.

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It’s unlikely that such a story will be pursued in the short term, but then again, executive producer Greg Berlanti’s team didn’t delay too many twists in The Flash‘s first season. We’ve known for some time that Supergirl would augment its own character pool with established “Superman” foes (and even include appearances from Superman himself), so add Henshaw to the ‘villains-in-waiting’ category.

Though fans were kept waiting for some time to see which men and women would be bringing established and original DC characters to life, the recent weeks have seen most, if not all fall into place. With Kara (Benoist), Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Alura Zor-El (Laura Benanti), Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), and now the show’s central antagonist now cast, only Wynn Schott – the man who will construct the Supergirl suit – remains to be revealed.

What do you think of these additions to the cast? Is Leigh the kind of seasoned actress you had hoped to see play Kara’s ‘big sister,’ or do the changes to the origin story have you anxious to see the pilot before passing judgement? Sound off in the comments, and give us your best predictions for if, and when, Henshaw may take a turn to the… cyborg side.

Supergirl is expected to air on CBS in 2015.

N7 Joseph Shepard - February 27, 2015 03:20 AM (GMT)
this show can suck my dick, for everything they get some what right....they go and royally fuck up something else.

This show just likes to fuck the fans in the ass......which given its star.....shouldn't be that much of a surprise

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yep.....that IS Melissa Benoist

Spyder - February 28, 2015 12:17 AM (GMT)
Well then.. That is literally taking one up the ass indeed LOL

N7 Joseph Shepard - February 28, 2015 05:38 AM (GMT)
the really fucked up part is I kinda look like that guy LMAO, now I can go show my friends "look I fucked Supergirl" and they'd believe it lol

Spyder - February 28, 2015 11:42 PM (GMT)

FlamedLiquid - June 21, 2015 02:53 PM (GMT)
After seeing the I dunno. I don't mind the actress they chose for Kara but making Jimmy Olson a buff black guy.......that's just retarded. I can understand if they want to reverse race of some chatacters but they could of picked someone like Donald Glover for Jommy Olson instead. A scrawniness nerdy type.

They also made Kara seem way too weak in the pilot.

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