Production has officially started on the new Supergirl pilot for the CW and already rumors are swirling about possible connections and cameos from DC Comic’s other properties, such as Arrow and The Flash. One of the more interesting rumors is that there could be an appearance by the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, although that may be a little unlikely, because it seems as though DC would like to keep its television properties separate from their big screen counterparts. This will mark the first appearance of Supergirl on the small screen in her own starring role.
Supergirl will be played by Melissa Benoist and photos have recently surfaced of her in her Supergirl costume. The costume greatly resembles the costume worn by Cavill in the recent Man of Steel. The colors are not the traditional bright red, blue, and yellow that most comic fans will recognize, but are a muted red and blue with a touch of gold, all worn with a muted red skirt, but without the exposed cheerleader midriff. The colors give the impression of a darker, grittier Supergirl than that of the comics.
The important thing, though, is the fact that production on Supergirl has started and the pilot will follow. The show will probably be released by the end of the year but if not, it should air the beginning of next year. The show will be directed by Glen Winter with executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler and show-runner Greg Berlanti. There is also a very talented cast on the project. Along with Benoist, the show will include Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Chyler Leigh playing Alexandra Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, and, in undisclosed roles, Helen Slater and Dean Cain.
Supergirl is the story of the titular Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, who is Superman’s cousin and a survivor of the destruction of her home world, Krypton. She crash-lands on Earth after years of drifting through space. After arriving on Earth, she is told to hide her powers by Superman, but eventually joins her cousin in defending the Earth from various threats.
Even though it is unlikely that Cavill will make an appearance on the show, it is unthinkable that Superman would not make an appearance in Supergirl. Superman is just too entwined in the origins of Supergirl to not make an appearance. It is, however, very likely that their will be a team up between Supergirl and either The Flash or Green Arrow, and possibly both in a cross-series event. Given the success of the two shows already on the air, it seems very likely that DC will take advantage of the popularity of the existing series by cross-promoting the shows, the networks have already seen the success of that strategy with the huge ratings received during The Flash and Arrow crossover. At this time it is unclear who will be guest staring in Supergirl, but one thing is certain, the pilot is on the way.
By James Dixson
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