CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casting Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, Toyman and Cyborg Superman?
Just yesterday the forthcoming CBS 'Supergirl' series let slip a bit of intel on its leading ladies Kara and Alex (cough, Lex) Danvers, and now the supporting cast of Superman regulars has arrived. Find out what Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, Toyman and Cyborg Superman all have to do with CBS' new 'Supergirl' series, by way of the latest casting call!
It's too early to say if 'Supergirl' intends to write out the existence of Superman altogether, but the latest casting report from TVLine certainly suggests what CBS will be cannibalizing the roster of DC characters most commonly associated with the Man of Steel. Not only do we have Jimmy Olsen among the regulars as a photographer for Cat Grant's company "CatCo" (note that Kara is reduced to a personal assistant), but so too will 'Supergirl' appropriate Winslow Schott and Hank Henshaw, best known through DC Comics as the Toyman and Cyborg Superman.
See for yourself:
CAT GRANT | The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the fonder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
JAMES OLSEN | In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and (duh) attractive photographer for CatCo. Though an alpha male, his salt of the earth nature elicits a huge ol’ crush from Kara.
WINSLOW ‘WYNN’ SCHOTT | This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own potential. Wholly uanware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to.
HANK HENSHAW | As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.
'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 will likely establish its own independent continuity, outside of ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ or the inevitable ‘Justice League‘ movie.
CBS' original description of the series mentioned Kara as Superman's cousin, though it seems by the casting reports that 'Supergirl' seems mostly to want to skew as close to a Superman story as possible, without actually utilizing the character, and thereby stepping on Warner Bros.' cinematic universe. This is the same approach we've seen from FOX's Batman-less 'Gotham,' or the proposed 'Krypton' series, though curiously not by CW's 'The Flash.'
In any case, we can't help feeling somewhat let down by 'Supergirl''s lazy casting choices, considering the rich history of the character's multiple iterations beyond simply acting as a gender-flipped Clark Kent. We've already got Kara's sister "Alex" bound to be positioned as the "Lex" Luthor of the series, so what's next? A season 2 love triangle between Kara, Jimmy Olsen, and Louis Lane?
What do you think? Are you still intrigued by CBS' 'Supergirl,' which itself has a series commitment, but no formal order? How would you like to see the network handle Superman mythology, if not to incorporate the big guy himself?