Melissa Benoist Cast as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’

Melissa Benoist Super Girl

CBS has found its “Supergirl” in “Glee” alum Melissa Benoist. The hourlong drama pilot was written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, and hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The eponymous series centers on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who escaped from Krypton amid the planet’s destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous relative. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

“Supergirl” is the latest DC Comics-based show to emerge from Berlanti’s stable; the in-demand producer also oversees “Arrow” and “The Flash” for CBS sister net the CW. The drama was given a series commitment in September. Kara has previously been portrayed on the bigscreen by Helen Slater, and appeared on the CW’s Superman origin series “Smallville” in the guise of Laura Vandervoort.

CBS chair Nina Tassler shared her first impressions of the project at the network’s recent TCA Winter Press Tour presentation: “She embodied so many of the characteristics of classic female heroines on the network… We fell in love with the pitch.” At the time, casting was not yet complete, but Tassler told reporters, “We’re looking for quality, charisma. She’s got to be everywoman.” The character’s iconic costume has been designed by Colleen Atwood, who also created the updated looks for Stephen Amell’s Arrow and Grant Gustin’s Flash. (Gustin is a fellow “Glee” alum, and Adler formerly wrote and produced the musical series.)

While TV has been dominated by male comic book heroes in the years since Lynda Carter’s “Wonder Woman” went off the air, a number of female-led properties are currently in production; ABC recently premiered “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell; The CW will debut “iZombie,” with Rose McIver, in March; and Netflix is currently in development on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” played by Krysten Ritter.

Benoist can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” which is up for five Academy Awards, including best picture. She will next appear in the feature film “The Longest Ride,” alongside Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood. It will bow in theaters on April 12.

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  1. NormCBS says:

    I first saw Melissa on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” about five years ago and was very impressed with her performance as a ballerina. I have followed her career ever since. I think she will be terrific in her new series and believe that this is only the beginning for her. (We both spent our formative years growing up in the Rocky Mountain time zone.)

  2. Love Superman! says:

    Can’t wait. I loved the original “Superman” series with Dean Cain, Terri Hatcher, etc. from back in the day, “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”. Let’s wait and see. I wish Dean Cain and company and Melissa Beonist the best of luck.

  3. CossyCossy says:

    She needs to eat some Big Macs

  4. Durk says:

    She’s sexy.

  5. cdhaskell says:

    I hope and pray that Melissa Benoist as Supergirl will prove the hatred wrong.

  6. guest says:

    Melissa Benoist is a very good choice

  7. she is much better then Holt, and she look nice not like a porn star . The only thing what can play Holt is a hysterical sl*t

    • guest says:

      Melissa is good actress ,Claire’s fans think if they will critic others actress people will think that Holt is a good actress. Not only Holt is a bad actress she also abandon every role

  8. Evilynn Vossius says:

    They couldnt cast someone with a more girly-vibe than Melissa Benoist?.

    Isn’t Supergirl supposed to be the cute , quirky child-like brawler of the DC-(Justice League)Universe? ; Someone like Beth Riesgraf in Leverage or Dee Dee in Dexter’s lab ( oehh.. what does that do ?) .

    Don’t think Benoist has what it takes to play it that way – or wants to !.
    She’ll probably try to make her all girl-power and miss the mark of the character .
    Trying to bring a brooding/conflicted-depth to the character one would expect from Batgirl.

    It’s not easy trying to play Supergirl who is naive ,sweet and cute and not looking ditzy in the end.

    Supergirl is a Teenager without all the angst and meanness.
    A woman with the curiosity of a child ,who is girlishly funny and sweet but who can take names if she gets angry . (no tantrums ! )

    I am reserved with this choice and saddened they may go all CW with the show which is a certain recipe for a cancellation .
    Just because it has ‘ girl’ in her moniker don’t write the show in a way that makes it look it should be broadcast on the Disney channel or worse take the character too seriously .

    She is Supergirl…the comedic relief of the team !.

  9. Jacques Strappe says:

    CBS late as usual to the comic book trend which has already arguably crested. This will be an epic fail on the network with the oldest median age audience in broadcast. The cop procedural vibe that CBS has already promised would appear in Super Girl will turn off the very core audience CBS would love to attract.

  10. lichcoin90 says:

    Awesome. Now should the show share the same universe as the other two of Greg Belanti’s comic book shows, this could be the beginning to their TV equivalent to the DC Trinity, with Green Arrow being Batman’s counterpart, Flash being Superman’s and Supergirl being Wonder Woman’s.

    I know, not the same thing and some people could complain about not letting them being their own characters but for as long as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman remain untouchable in all their glory when it comes to TV, the producers have to make do with what they have to form their version of the Justice League. At any rate I would watch the hell out of that and I have no doubt I am not alone. As for not being blonde, a dye works just fine so I am not worried about that.

  11. Matt says:

    Melissa is going to be great. And by the way yes she has already dyed her hair blonde. And I agree that Claire Holt would have been my first choice but If I was the director or producer I would be scared that she would bail on the project halfway through the season.

    • cdhaskell says:

      I forgot that she left the CW Original and the writer have to come up with a reason why her character look now change over night. I hope that CBS will release the pilot on DVD. I wanted to wish it all the luck in the world.

  12. not says:

    I would have preferred Claire Holt.

  13. Emma says:

    She better dye her hair before filming starts.

  14. Sam says:

    i wish someone would bring back XENA, that chick could really kick ass

    • cinema11 says:

      “Xena” (aka Lucy Lawless) did come back. On SPARTACUS. And most recently for a couple episodes of AGENTS OF SHIELD

  15. Big Red says:

    How disappointing. Kara in comics looks more like a teenager and she’s a real blonde. Series should be called Super-Woman, because a girl she is not. Maybe the stories will be set 15 years ahead when she hits 30.

  16. Tom says:

    I hope she is better that she was a glee . She was like watching beige paint dry.

  17. Adam says:

    Can we start taking bets on how long this show will last? I’m betting on one season max.

    • cdhaskell says:

      CBS need to light several candle for Supergirl the series because the show will need it. I got a feeling that CBS will be selling the series oversea market in order to make the show a hit.

  18. Dean says:

    I’m sure claire holt did great but if her last show was any indication the producers wanted someone who was 100 precent commited and wouldn’t bail after a few episodes. That being said I’ve never seen Melissa or heard of her for that matter but if the guy who made Arrow is behind this I’m in.

  19. Ben Wilson says:

    This is really great casting. I think she was amazing in Glee, and will continue to do amazing things in this series too.

  20. Marti723 says:

    What about Claire Holt? I thought she’s got the part! Damm…

  21. Peter says:

    That’s a terrible choice. She has no screen presence at all and is a bad actress. Ouch.

  22. Jesse Pinkman says:

    Claire Holt is PERFECT…snif!!!

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