“Glee” veteran dons the cape and boots to take on iconic part
Look, on your computer screen! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!
Wait, no, it’s neither of those. It’s actually your first look at Melissa Benoist in the CBS superhero project “Supergirl.”
“Glee” veteran Benoist handles the title role of the pilot, which hails from Warner Bros. Television, and is based on characters from DC Comics.
In the pilot, Benoist portrays Kara Zor-El, who escaped her native Krypton amid its destruction and, since arriving on Earth, has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. However, at age 24 she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.
The cast also includes Calista Flockhart, “Nashville” actress Laura Benanti, “True Blood” alum Mehcad Brooks, and Dean Cain and Helen Slater, who in the past have respectively played Superman and Supergirl.
The Supergirl costume was designed by Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood, who designed the costumes for The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Atwood’s big-screen credits include “Alice in Wonderland,” “Into the Woods,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Sleepy Hollow,” among others.
Atwood said that she wanted to honor the character’s legacy but with a contemporary approach.
“In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past, but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today,” Atwood noted of her latest creation.
Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg are writing and executive producing “Supergirl,” with Sarah Schechter also executive producing and Glen Winter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Smallville”) directing.
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