CBS Reveals Which Version of Supergirl Will Appear in the TV Show
CBS has released casting details for their upcoming Supergirl series, and it revealed exactly which Supergirl from DC Comics will appear in the show. Or, more accurately, that none of the iterations from DC Comics will appear in the show, at least not exactly.
Supergirl's civilian name will be Kara Danvers, which is a hybrid of the most well-known version, Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, and Linda Danvers, a human who became Supergirl when she was fused with the protoplasmic life form Matrix (although Kara Zor El also went by the alias Linda Lee Danvers, as a reference to the real Linda Danvers). It's possible that the character will be primarily based on Kara Zor-El, and they simply chose Danvers because they needed a human-sounding last name in light of the origin story they've chosen, but it would be interesting if the character was some kind of DC Comics hybrid.
According to the official casting description, CBS is seeking "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."
CBS is also casting the lead role of Alex Danvers, Kara's sister and Felicity Smoak/Caitlin Snow-like sidekick who is two years older. Her casting description reads: "Kara's gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister. Growing up, Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super."
The show is barely in development yet, but people already have strong opinions about it. Many detractors are lamenting that the "origin story before she's actually a superhero" angle sounds too much like the mostly cheesy Smallville, but this formula has also lead to popular and acclaimed shows like Arrow and The Flash, so it will entirely depend on the writing. Plus, we need more female superheroes in the world, although it would be more progressive if they were not insistent on casting a Caucasian (presumably blonde) woman.