“Supergirl” series lands commitment from CBS

Helen Slater as Supergirl

Helen Slater first played Supergirl in the 1984 film.

The Last Daughter of Krypton is landing–on television.

On Friday, CBS announced a commitment for a Supergirl drama series. The show, created Greg Berlanti (Arrow, No Ordinary Family, Brothers & Sisters, Green Lantern, The Flash) and Allison Adler (No Ordinary Family, Chuck, The New Normal, Still Standing), will be a reinterpretation of the Supergirl character and her origin. Unlike Smallville, which focused on Clark’s journey to becoming Superman, Supergirl would begin with Kara starting to use her abilities.

It was reported early in September that a series based on Supergirl being pitched. The series was initially intended intended to air on the CW, but the network passed on the project. With CBS landing Supergirl, DC Comics now has shows on four networks, which already includes Gotham (FOX), Arrow, The Flash, and iZombie (The CW), and Constantine (NBC). With the exception of Arrow, which will air its third season, the rest are new shows set to air this fall.

Laura Vandervoort as Kara

Laura Vandervoort as Kara in “Smallville”

Supergirl, most commonly known as Kara Zor-El or Kara Kent, is the younger cousin of Superman. Possessing the same powers and abilities as her famous cousin, Supergirl made her debut in “Superman #123”, published in 1958.

The Girl of Steel has been featured in various DC animated series, but has only been portrayed in live action twice. The first live action interpretation was in 1984’s Supergirl, starring Helen Slater. The film was a spin-off of the Superman films starring Christopher ReeveSupergirl was negatively received by critics and bombed at the U.S. Box Office, raking in $14 million of its $35 million dollar budget.

The seventh season of Smallville featured the first live action television appearance of Kara, portrayed by Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort. Kara was a series regular during the seventh season and was a special guest star in the show’s eighth and tenth seasons.

Are you looking forward to seeing Supergirl on the small screen? Let us know what you think.

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