Superman may be returning to the big screen next year, but for now his cousin Supergirl is in the spotlight.
Sources with knowledge of the decision tell CNN that CBS has made it official: “Supergirl” is coming to the “Eye network.”
One of comics’ most famous female heroes comes back at a time when there is a big push on social media for more superpowered women on the screen and in wider pop culture.
“Glee” alum Melissa Benoist will play Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin and fellow Kryptonian, who has been hiding her powers, but at the age of 24, decides to show the world what she can do.
Calista Flockhart of “Ally McBeal” fame returns to TV as Kara’s boss, another DC Comics character, Cat Grant. (DC Comics, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.)
Jimmy Olsen will show up on the series as well, played by “True Blood” actor Mehcad Brooks.
The show’s executive producer Ali Adler posted a celebratory photo on Instagram, with Benoist in costume.
CBS has given its first new series pickup for the 2015-16 season to a drama series from execproducer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV that follows the distaff side of the “Superman” franchise. The series stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash”) as the title character. It marks the third DC Comics property that Berlanti’s WBTV-based shop has shepherded for TV, following the success of CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Another “Flash” spinoff is also in the works at CW.
“Supergirl” follows Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El (Benoist), Superman’s cousin, at age 24, when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be, after leaving Krypton and hiding her powers.The modern television adaptation will also bring back some familiar faces: Helen Slater, who starred in the 1984 “Supergirl” film, and Superman vet Dean Cain.