It’s a “Glee”-ful time on the superhero front as another of that show’s alums will be putting on a DC superhero suit. Joining Grant Gustin in the small screen DC universe will be Melissa Benoist who has been tapped to play Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, in the CBS series ‘Supergirl.’
Benoist has appeared in such series as ‘Homeland,’ ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘The Good Wife,’ but it is her role as Marley, one of the new members of the New Directions in Season 4 of ‘Glee,’ that she is best known for. At the end of Season 5, the series had decided to go through a makeover and her character was written off of the series.
Apparently this won’t be the first time Benoist has donned the superhero cape. In an episode of ‘Glee’ titled “Dynamic Duets,” Marley (as a pseudo Wonder Woman) and Kitty (as, what else? Catwoman) channel their inner superhero while singing their rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Holding Out for a Hero’:
Benoist beat out several actresses for the role of Kara Danvers including ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Claire Holt and ‘Hollyoaks’ star Gemma Atkinson and will be following in the footsteps of Helen Slater who starred in the ‘Supergirl’ feature film and Laura Vandervoot who played the superheroine in ‘Smallville.’
While it is known that Supergirl has some great blond locks (as seen by the comics, those who have already portrayed her and those who have auditioned), some may wonder about Benoist brunette look. While there is no confirmation, yet, here is what she would look like if she did go blonde:
‘Supergirl’ will follow the exploits of Kara Danvers who at the age of 12 escaped the destruction of Krypton. She is adopted by the Danvers family who teach her to conceal her superhero powers but it’s not until she is 24 that a disaster occurs that forces her to use her extraordinary abilities in public. She embraces her powers, no longer feeling the need to hide them as she realizes that she can help people of her city and is eventually given the name Supergirl.
CBS has given the hour long show a series commitment bypassing the usual pilot first process so it seems they have a lot of confidence in this show. With CBS on the bandwagon, this makes 6 networks with live action superhero shows: NBC with ‘Constantine’ (if it gets picked up for a second season), CW with ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ ABC with ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Agent Carter’, FOX with ‘Gotham,’ and TNT with ‘Teen Titans’ (currently in development).
With production to begin soon, no doubt ‘Supergirl’ news will be coming faster than a speeding bullet so make sure you check back here for news as it comes!