Melissa Benoist Cast As Supergirl

CBS has found its “Supergirl” in “Glee” alum Melissa Benoist. The hourlong drama pilot was written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, and hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Benoist can currently be seen as Miles Teller’s love interest in the critically acclaimed Whiplash. While no longer with the series, Benoist also had a role on Glee for two seasons – amusingly making her the second Glee cast member, after The Flash’s Grant Gustin, to move on to starring as a DC superhero.

The official description for Supergirl reads: “Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”

“Supergirl” is the latest DC Comics-based show to emerge from Berlanti’s stable; the in-demand producer also oversees “Arrow” and “The Flash” for CBS sister net The CW. The drama was given a series commitment in September. Kara has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Helen Slater, and appeared on The CW’s Superman origin series “Smallville” in the guise of Laura Vandervoort.


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