×

‘Supergirl’ Producers Defend Title, Tease Additional DC Characters in Season 1

CBS’ “Supergirl” has received praise for being the first in the latest crop of superhero TV shows to focus on a female lead (played by Melissa Benoist) — and criticism from those unhappy with the connotation of the character’s name and show’s title.

Those behind the show were prepared for such blowback. One of the first clips that was released featured Calista Flockhart’s media mogul Cat Grant offering a fierce takedown of haters not pleased with the moniker “girl.”

“I love that speech. One of the things I love about this show is it’s a real celebration of girl power. I was attracted to this show because it’s something that moms and daughters can watch together,” said Flockhart, who after “Ally McBeal” is no stranger to a debate about feminism, at “Supergirl’s” Television Critics Assn. panel at the Beverly Hilton on Monday.

Greg Berlanti, the show’s co-creator and exec producer, added that “we wanted to keep the title of the show. We knew going in that ‘Supergirl’ might imply a younger audience, but we wanted to take the word back and introduce it to a new generation.”

Plus, he said, it’s not like his CW shows “Arrow” and “The Flash” didn’t receive snarky pushback initially as well. “Once they watch a couple episodes they can determine for themselves what they enjoy about the show,” he said.

The producers also announced some casting news that’s sure to excite DC Comics fans. While DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who is an exec producer on “Supergirl,” declined to comment on the characters’ appearances in any DC films, fellow co-creator/exec producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed at the panel that familiar DC characters like Red Tornado, Non and Lucy Lane’s father, General Sam Lane, will be introduced during the first nine episodes of the series. (In her session, CBS entertainment chair Nina Tassler said “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” will be promoted together, but said there were no plans for any crossover episodes).

The panelists also addressed whether Supergirl’s more famous cousin would be a regular character on the show.

“He will be a factor in her life, but you won’t see him onscreen,” said Johns. “He does play a part in her evolution in becoming Supergirl.” (And Flockhart added that she would be supportive of Cat having a romantic relationship with him, if he were to fly into regular rotation).

Fans who want a glimpse of both of Krypton’s favorite children can enjoy CBS’ just-released trailer for “Supergirl.”

“Supergirl” premieres Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS and moves to its regular 8 p.m. timeslot on Nov. 2.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Kirsten Dunst'On Becoming a God in

    Kirsten Dunst Talks 'Little Women,' 'Interview With a Vampire' Reboots

    Kirsten Dunst was just 11 years old when she skyrocketed into stardom as Claudia in “Interview with a Vampire,” but now Dunst says her age is the only thing keeping her from reprising the role in a hypothetical reboot. “I mean I’m too old, right?,” she told Variety at the premiere of “On Becoming a God [...]

  • A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen,

    Variety to Forgo Annual Emmy Party for Donation to Planned Parenthood

    Variety has decided to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in lieu of hosting this year’s annual Emmy Awards nominees party in partnership with Women In Film. The decision comes in response to Planned Parenthood’s Aug. 19 announcement that it will drop funding over the current administration’s “unethical” rule blocking the organization from discussing its [...]

  • Rebel Wilson Isn't It Romantic

    TV News Roundup: Rebel Wilson to Host First Australian Amazon Original Series

    In today’s TV news roundup, the NFL and Pluto TV announce the launch of a new channel, and Rebel Wilson is named as the host of the first Amazon original series to come out of Australia.  CASTING Rebel Wilson is set to host and executive produce the Australian Amazon original series “LOL: Last One Laughing,” the [...]

  • Moffatt Family with the Himba tribe

    U.K.’s Channel 4 Takes British Family to Africa in New Reality Show

    U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has greenlit new factual entertainment format “The British Tribe Next Door,” which will see a British family spend four weeks with a remote tribe in Namibia. The twist in this format is that, unlike most adventurers, the participants don’t say goodbye to the comforts of their home — instead, they take them with [...]

  • Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa - The

    'Walking Dead' Star Christian Serratos in Talks for Selena Series at Netflix

    Christian Serratos is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Netflix series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla, Variety has confirmed with sources. The series was announced back in December and is described as a coming of age story following Selena (Serratos) as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching [...]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs for Screens: 'American Horror Story' Makes 'Suddenly Last Summer' Sizzle Again

    FX Network’s “American Horror Story” returns for a ninth season next month, and promos for the next chapter of the anticipated series, dubbed ‘AHS 1984,’ have been airing frequently across cable television throughout August. In the short yet effective spot (see below), the Motels’ melancholic, moody “Suddenly Last Summer” plays as aerial footage of an [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content