CBS ‘Supergirl’ Reportedly Eyes Gemma Atkinson for Lead Role
It’s been some time since the proposed CBS ‘Supergirl’ TV series delivered any updates as to its progress, and with 2015 off and running, another new name has hit the skies to fill the boots of Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El. When last we heard, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ star Claire Holt was in contention for the role, but a new rumor suggests UK actress Gemma Atkinson may be our new ‘Supergirl.’
Take this one with a grain of salt for now, though according to The Sun (yes, the irony is appreciated), ‘Hollyoaks’ star Atkinson has at least tested for the role, to the point that the actress has put other projects on hold to await potentially ‘Super’ casting news. That may not mean very much for the moment, though casting for the CBS series should arrive relatively soon, while Atkinson’s late placement may suggest a high probability of consideration.
Here’s how CBS has reportedly been casting the part:
For Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers, the show is eyeing Caucasian females, age 22 to 26, to play 24. As the series’ mythology goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.
Meanwhile, here’s how CBS originally described the ‘Supergirl’ TV series, which seemed to suggest the existence of a Superman moreso than the previously-announced ‘Supergirl’ supporting cast would likely allow:
Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
‘Arrow’ producer Greg Berlanti and ‘No Ordinary Family’’s Ali Adler will write the script and executive produce the hourlong drama through Berlanti Productions’ Warner Bros. Television-based banner, with Sarah Schecter also executive producing. As with DC’s approach to movies and TV thus far, the new ‘Supergirl’ series was originally thought to establish its own independent continuity, outside of ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ or the inevitable ‘Justice League’ movie, though recent rumors have suggested that CBS might allow its Kara to co-mingle with subsidiary The CW’s Barry Allen and Oliver Queen.
Well, what do we think? Would Gemma Atkinson make a fitting ‘Supergirl?’ Who do you have in mind for the role of Kara Zor-El?