We Have Our Supergirl! Meet GLEE’s Melissa Benoist
CBS has chosen their Supergirl! According to The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve tapped Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) to play the titular character of their upcoming new superhero television series.
Benoist was previously on Fox’s high school musical comedy, Glee, where she played the “New Rachel” after Lea Michele’s character graduated from McKinley High. If you ever watched her on the show, you’ll know that Supergirl won’t be the show in where she had to strike the superhero pose.
Like Wonder Woman, Supergirl hasn’t had a whole lot of representation in live-action media. She had one movie back in 1984 starring Helen Slater. It was riding the coat tails of Richard Donner’s Superman, and failed miserably.
We didn’t see her again(except in cartoon form) until 2010 when the CW’s Smallville chose Laura Vandervoort (Bitten) to play Clark’s super-powered cousin.
I’m interested to see which Supergirl they’ll eventually channel. Will we see more Golden Age Supergirl, Jeph Loeb’s Modern Age (Pre-52) Supergirl, the current New 52 Supergirl, or just a little bit of everything?
The hourlong drama, taken out last week, centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. After arriving on Earth, she was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers.
Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, 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. 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 — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.
Also, I like how we’re just skipping over the awkward teen phase in all of our superhero TV shows so far. Smallville gave us enough to last us a good while.