Whiplash, Glee Star Cast as Kara Danvers in CBS's Supergirl
Melissa Benoist, most recently seen in the Oscar-nominated Whiplash, is officially confirmed to take on the role of Kara Danvers aka Supergirl in the upcoming television series adaptation from CBS.
The series will follow Kara Zor El, Superman's cousin who also escaped from Kryton before it was destroyed and who has comparable superpowers. She was adopted as a child by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to repress her superpowers in order to blend in. But when a disaster forces her to use her powers to save lives, she decides to become a bonafide masked superhero and enact vigilante justice all over the city.
Supergirl has been portrayed on the big and small screens several times, most recently by Laura Vandervoort in the later seasons of Smallville. Benoist is known for her supporting turn in Whiplash, as well as for being a series regular on Glee until the show revamped itself for its final season. She will be the second Glee actor to go on to star in a DC Comics adaptation, following in the footsteps of The Flash star Grant Gustin.
Her role on Glee also gave her an opportunity to dress up in a superhero outfit in order to perform the song "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler:
This casting shows that it's a little silly that all of the rumored actresses for the role have been blonde, as it's easy enough for Benoist to dye her hair, and the character doesn't really need to be blonde anyway. It's more important that she's a decent actress, which actually seems like a safe bet. She's relatively untested, and her character on Glee was nothing to write home about, but in Whiplash she held her own in an amazing cast and was refreshingly natural in a slightly underwritten role. Overall, this seems like good news, or at least not bad news.
CBS's Supergirl has a series commitment, but is still awaiting an official series order, and is set to air during the 2015-2016 television season.