Here's what we know about the new feminist-minded 'Supergirl' series
While we might be getting dangerously close to our max quota for superheroes on TV, there is ALWAYS room for one more crime fighting super-heroine. So, it’s a good thing that CBS’s new Supergirl series will be flying our way soon, and I find myself way too excited just thinking about it.
The show is still in the very early stages of production, and doesn’t even have a cast attached to it yet. Even though information about it is still scarce, CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler dropped by the Television Critics Association press-tour and offered up a few major details, which Entertainment Weekly then kindly leaked to the rest of us. Here’s what we know:
This is going to be one kickass Supergirl
As Tassler explained to the crowd, it’s going to be a show about a girl finding her place in the world. “She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story,” adding that Supergirl herself, also known as Kara Zor-El, will be “a very strong, independent young woman.”
If that’s not enough, Tassler also informed everyone that “we’re big feminists,” and that the show won’t just be focused on her strength — but rather the all around package of who she is as a young woman.
But, they haven’t found the right Supergirl yet
The casting process has slowly been getting underway, and instead of going with an already well-established actress, the network is looking for someone who might be lesser-known. They’re specifically 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.” If you know anyone who fits that mold perfectly, CBS probably will want to talk to you.
And, it’ll be a crime procedural
But probably not like, CSI: Supergirl. There will be a “case of the week” element to it, and as Tassler said, “she’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.” As long as she saves the day, we won’t complain about the format of the show whatsoever.
Oh, and the costume is “awesome”
No costume images have been released yet, but Tassler promised us that it’s “awesome.” Colleen Atwood — who not only did the costumes for The Flash and Arrow, but also Into the Woods — is in charge of all of that.
Speaking of The Flash and Arrow…
One of Supergirl‘s executive producers is Greg Berlanti, the guy who’s behind those huge superhero shows on The CW. The other executive producer is Allison Adler, who worked on Chuck and Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal. And, so far no one’s ruling out the idea of a cross-over between Supergirl and the superhero shows already on the CW. Go ahead and cross your fingers for that kind of epic episode.
Supergirl currently has a series commitment at CBS, which basically means the show has the A-OK to go ahead and become a real TV show (so, no pilot needs to be shot, and subsequently picked up by a network). If all goes according to plan, Supergirl could be coming to a TV near you as soon as this fall. Bring it.
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