‘Supergirl’ To Be ‘Female Empowerment Story’ On CBS

Supergirl will be a “female empowerment story,” according to CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler, but it may also explore other areas of life, including crime-fighting and forays into the world of government intelligence.

Entertainment Weekly reported on Tassler’s appearance “at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena” on January 12. She talked about what viewers can expect from the Supergirl TV series.

“Tassler described the CBS version of the DC Comics icon as ‘a very strong, independent young woman. She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story.'”

But the EW article also reported there will be more to the show than that.

“First, since Supergirl is on CBS, you can definitely expect the show to be a crime procedural. Yet Tassler emphasized the show will have serialized elements as well. ‘There will be [crime] cases, but what [executive producers] Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti pitched was a real series arc for her,’ she said.”

Furthermore, a look back at earlier news on Supergirl reveals that viewers might see the title character dealing with a fictionalized version of the U.S. intelligence community as well.

TVLine reported on October 30, 2014 that the series was searching for an actress to fill the role of Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Supergirl’s foster family sister. The site reported that the background of Alex Danvers includes some information on her employment status.

“Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super.”

TVLine then reported on October 31, 2014 that Supergirl would also include a character named Hank Henshaw, “an upstart CIA agent” who will be “on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.”

In other Supergirl news, IGN also attended the Television Critics Association’s press tour and one of its reporters asked executive producer Greg Berlanti about the casting status for the series. But he didn’t offer much information.

“As with all these things, there’s only one person, right? That’s the thing. I can’t imagine someone other than a lot of our actors playing these roles so I feel like you’re always just looking for who’s that person.”

The Inquisitr covered news of a Supergirl TV series in late 2014. At that time, media outlets were reporting that the deal struck between the studio making the show and CBS included a “massive financial penalty” against CBS if it ultimately “opts to back out of” Supergirl.

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