“Supergirl” took off in friendly territory on Sunday with a screening of its pilot episode at New York Comic Con, nearly three weeks before the show’s Oct. 26 premiere on CBS.
Cast members Mehcad Brooks and Peter Facinelli and exec producer Ali Adler were on hand to talk up the show and its inspirations. Adler drew a clear line between the dawn of a next-generation Supergirl and recent femme-led dramas such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Alias.”
“We love ‘Buffy’ and ‘Alias.’ They were such strong bad-ass women,” Adler said. “It’s incidental that (Supergirl) is female. You won’t forget it but, it’s not the take away. The take away is that she’s kicks ass.”
“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) as Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El, who is Superman’s cousin. At age 24 she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be, after leaving Krypton and hiding her powers.
“Us females are 50% of the population,” Adler said. “Women make up 50% of the writers room on our show, which brings balance and truth. This show is not just for females. There’s action, adventure, visual stunts… We are really trying to bring (audiences) a feature film every week.”
The title character will be struggling to strike a balance between her personal life, her day job at a magazine company and her duties as a superhero.
“We all try to strike a balance in life,” Adler said. “We are all everything to everybody. One of Kara’s jobs is to juggle. In some episodes she does it better than other.”
During the discussion, it was revealed that the character of Toyman will be making an appearance in the series.
Brooks plays Jimmy Olsen in the series — an iconic role that made the actor nervous at first, he admitted.
“Looking at me you don’t think Jimmy Olsen,” said Brooks, who is African-American. “And that was nerve-racking.”
Adler assured Brooks: “We saw many actors for this role but we only saw one James Olsen.”
Superman doesn’t make an appearance in the “Supergirl” pilot. Adler said he’ll be around soon enough but they didn’t want the Man of Steel to overshadow his cousin. Eventually, Adler said, “we are going to address where he is, but it’s (Supergirl’s) show.”