We’ve been waiting a while for the announcement geeks, and we finally have it: Melissa Benoist, best known for her role as Marley Rose on “Glee,” has been cast in the title role of CBS’ pilot Supergirl. This makes two Glee characters now turning into DC superheroes. Grant Gustin of course being cast as Barry Allen in The Flash. Melissa defintely has the build for Supergirl, not that she has to look like Wonder Woman (yet), but there defintely has to be a sense of more muscle over looks right?
Benoist, who also had a feature role in the Academy Award-nominated film Whiplash, beat out several other contenders for the part, including Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries) and Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time). Supergirl is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist), who comes to earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be.
The pilot was written by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash). They will also executive produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV. The show has a series commitment at CBS. Here comes more inter-cross-over-action between TC shows. Expect Flash, Arrow and Supergirl to do their thing, and we’re not complaining!
CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler recently spoke about what kind of actress the network needed for the show:
“She’s got to be an every woman. She’s got to be specific. She’s got to be a terrific actor. [It’s] looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.”
Sounds like Benoist fit that description for them, and we’re hoping she makes an excellent small-screen Supergirl. What do you think about this casting? Sound off below.