CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casting Superman, Or At Least a Super-Body
Everything we’ve heard about CBS’ forthcoming Supergirl series suggests that the Man of Steel himself would play a subdued, cursory role, Kara’s supporting cast even pilfering a few names from Superman lore. Now, the CBS super-drama confirms its intent to feature Superman in the pilot episode, or at least a Super-looking man.
KryptonSite confirms a new ProjectCasting report that tellingly suggests a CBS pilot is looking to cast, and follow our train of quotes here, but a “BODY DOUBLE for a DC Comic Superhero,” who “should be 5’11 or taller and be Square Jawed,” also possessing “a ripped physique.” As if that weren’t Clark-Kent-in-glasses on the nose enough, submissions are also asked of their applications to “in the subject line write SUPERMAN.” Stealth, guys.
In any case, Supergirl’s reticence to actually incorporate Kara’s famous cousin suggests that the appearance might be relegated to distant, and/or stock appearances, ostensibly to establish Superman’s existence without detracting from Henry Cavill’s DC Cinematic Universe incarnation. The WB’s 2002 Birds of Prey took a similar approach with Batman, incorporating the character obscured or in flashback, and thus keeping the actor anonymous, potentially for a later date.
Most recently adding Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Laura Benanti as Kryptonian mother Alura and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks as an older rendition of Jimmy Olsen, likely love interest to Glee star Melissa Benoist’s titular Supergirl, here’s how CBS formally describes the new series:
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.
CBS’ Supergirl is also looking to cast from Superman lore CatCo programmer (and Kara-crushing future Toyman) Winslow Schott, as well as upstart CIA agent (and future Cyborg Superman) Hank Henshaw. Not to mention, there’s also the villainous Lumberjack and Kara’s adopted family the Danvers, among them Kara’s envious science-minded sister Alex (cough, Lex).
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, as CBS boss Nina Tassler recently downplayed the possibility of any CW crossover.
CBS’ Supergirl still lacks a formal series order, even if all odds place it on fall schedules, but will the new super-drama prove as teasing as FOX’s Gotham, if Superman only ever appears out of sight?