CBS ‘Supergirl’ Adds ‘True Blood’ Vet as DC’s Livewire, More Comic Characters
CBS’ Supergirl has yet to show off any actual footage beyond the pilot that many have known for months now, but will DC’s Livewire finally charge things up? True Blood alum Brit Morgan has signed on for the shock jock supervillain role, while even more DC characters may lie ahead in our future.
According to Variety, Morgan’s Leslie Willis will emerge in an early episode as “a confident, abrasive and funny shock-jock who works for CatCo Media, the conglomerate owned by Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). When an accident makes her as dangerous and shocking as her words, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) must stop her.”
Also compounding news that such DC figures as Sam Lane and Red Tornado would show up before long, Variety says we’ll also meet the latter android character’s creator, T.O. Morrow (yes, subtle). Said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg of General Lane, father to Lois and Lucy:
We’re taking a classic approach with General Lane, who’s always been an antagonist for Superman in that he has a very conservative view of Kryptonians — which used to involve Superman and is now being shared by his cousin — that Earth should be for Earthlings and aliens are not to be trusted. So he’s going to be bringing what had been an antagonism for Superman to bear on National City.
Premiering Monday, October 26, so reads the official CBS logline for Supergirl:
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”).
In addition, Supergirl features Chris Browning as Reactron, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, Owain Yeoman as DC’s Vartox, Iron Man villain Faran Tahir as The Commander, Smash star Jeremy Jordan as Toyman, former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater as Kara’s adoptive Danvers parents, and Laura Benanti as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura. As with DC’s approach to movies and TV thus far, the new Supergirl series will establish its own independent continuity, outside of Arrow and The Flash, or the inevitable Justice League movie, as CBS boss Nina Tassler previously downplayed the possibility of any CW crossover.
In the meantime, check out the latest Supergirl trailers below, as we count down to the October premiere.