According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has given Greg Berlanti’s Supergirl series a series commitment. The series, co-created with Ali Adler (Chuck), follows Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El, who arrived on Earth years ago and has been hiding her powers ever since for fear of repercussions. However, at the age of 24, she’s decided to become the hero she was always meant to be.
The pickup of Supergirl means that all five broadcast networks could have superhero dramas on their respective schedules come 2015-2016. While ABC is the lone Marvel loyalist with Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, The CW has Arrow and The Flash, NBC has Constantine, and FOX has Gotham, all of which hail from DC. Comic dramas have already infiltrated the cable ranks, as networks from TNT (Titans) to AMC (Preacher) to WGN America (Scalped) have comic-related projects currently in development.
Aside from the inevitable question of who plays infamous Kara Zor-El (who was last seen on the small screen in the form of Smallville star Laura Vandervoort), the most interesting question around Supergirl is what CBS, a network known for older-skewing procedurals and broad family comedy, will do with it. The network has used summer to test out some genre dramas (Under the Dome, Extant), but Supergirl might be a big enough property that they’ll put it on during the season in hopes of attracting a larger audience. If so, the show might be a logical fit for Thursdays, given its high profile and the night’s saturation of expensive movie ads.
More information about Supergirl should be released in the coming months.
Would you watch a Supergirl series? Where on the schedule do you think CBS should air the show? Who should get the chance to play Kara?