Marvel may have a big lead on DC on the big screen, but DC has a foothold on the television market and the 2015 TV season looks like it will be improving even further upon that. The recent success started with Arrow and grew exponentially with The Flash and Gotham this past season, but next season has a new network getting into the superhero business with CBS’ Supergirl.
Kara Zor-El, also known as Supergirl, is the cousin of Superman that was also sent to Earth from Krypton. After what is said to be an incredibly strong pilot, it was revealed yesterday that CBS must have a lot of faith in Supergirl. As announced during the CBS upfronts, Supergirl is set to lead off their Monday night lineup at 8 pm starting in November after The Big Bang Theory returns to its Thursday perch at the conclusion of the season run of Thursday Night Football. This spot is also interesting as it goes up against DC’s Gotham on Fox.
Supergirl is definitely a different approach for Greg Berlanti and company according to the logline that has been provided by Deadline.
SUPERGIRL — is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
The official first look at the series can be seen in the trailer below. Just be warned that is is over six minutes long and shows off an awful lot of the pilot, but it is very worth your time.