With SUPERGIRL the latest superhero TV show to go into development, some details are emerging on just which familiar DC faces we may see appear in the CBS show. We already know that the show’s titular character, Kara Zor-El, will be known on Earth as Kara Danvers, and the show will also feature foster sister Alexandra Danvers. Courtesy of TVLine, we now have some word on some other characters who’ll be appearing in SUPERGIRL.
Here’s the official breakdown of some roles that are to be filled in the show:
Cat Grant: The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder 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 (dud) 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 (toying?) potential. Unaware 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.
DC fans will recognise all of the above names; Cat Grant initially appearing as a Daily Planet columnist and love interest for Clark Kent; James ‘Jimmy’ Olsen is a long-time advocate of Superman and photographer for the Daily Planet, although SMALLVILLE pulled a bit of a swerve by having both a Jimmy and James Olsen appear in their show; Winslow Scott is the alias of DC villain Toyman; and Hank Henshaw is somebody who becomes Cyborg Superman after the Man of Steel’s apparent demise at the hands of Doomsday. How closely tied to the comic books SUPERGIRL’s interpretation of these characters will be, that remains to be seen.
In terms of talent involved at this stage, SUPERGIRL’s pilot has been penned by AROW’s Greg Berlanti and NO ORDINARY FAMILY’s Ali Adler, with the pair also serving as executive producers alongside Sarah Schechter.
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