Supergirl is the next superhero headed to the small screen, and comic fans waiting to find out more about the new CBS series are receiving more inside scoop from the cast and crew involved with the series at Comic-Con.
Greg Berlanti spoke about the series during the DC Comic Con panel on Saturday, and TV Line shared his comments. Berlanti is no stranger to superhero television programs. He is the man in charge of The Flash and Arrow on CW, and he is ready to see a female superhero take charge on the small screen.
He said, “It felt like it was time for a female lead at the center of one of these shows.”
Melissa Benoist is bringing Kara, aka Supergirl, to life for this new series, and she was the first person Berlanti and his crew wanted for the character. Benoist was last seen on Fox’s Glee.
Benoist spoke about the pressure behind playing the first female superhero on the small screen in some time with Time.
“I think that comic book movies are at this place now that they’re so humongous. I think of Iron Man as the movie that kind of started this whole thing, and it’s just been too long: We’ve had some female characters who are bada**es, but I think it’s just time for a female-centered heroic story. Of course I feel pressure because of that. It feels big. I’m accountable for the message we’re trying to spread and what Supergirl does—whether she defeats a bad guy, how she defeats him, how she deals with her problems. But I think there’s this climate now where women are really speaking up and women aren’t afraid anymore. I know that this is not Gloria Steinem, but I think it’s important.”
Ali Adler, an executive producer on the new series, spoke about the character during the panel.
“It was a story that needed to be told. You come in and see her as female and you’ll remember her as powerful. Her gender doesn’t really matter. She’s a bada**.”
The members of the cast attended Comic-Con, and they shared some teasers as well. Chyler Leigh, best known for her role as Lexi Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, “hinted that all may not be as it initially seems with her character.”
More news came out of the Comic-Con panel on Saturday. According to TV Insider, Peter Facinelli has joined the cast of the series as Maxwell Lord. In the past, the character has been shown on both sides. It is not known if the character is good or evil on the new series yet. His character was described as a “National City billionaire with an interest in green technology and newly minted media spectacle, Supergirl.”
What do you think? Are you ready for Supergirl? The series will premiere on October 26.
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