You have to hand it Greg Berlanti. Three DC comic book shows on TV, and the current two are watchable. CBS decided to grab Supergirl for a full series order starting this fall. Finally, something on CBS besides CSI and NCIS.
Here’s the cast of Supergirl:
Melissa Benoist will play Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, Laura Benanti as Allura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen. Dean Cain (Lois and Clark) and Helen Slater (Original Supergirl) both have roles, but their characters are yet to be announced.
There’s no word on its time slot, but expect CBS to make an announcement during its upfront next week.
For the show, a brief synopsis of what to expect has been released:
Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
I wonder if there are any prop bets on Berlanti using the episode introduction template he has for Flash and Arrow. The brief synopsis reminds me of both intros.
What we do know is Berlanti has said Supergirl will exist in the same universe as Flash and Arrow. Triple crossover? I’m onboard with the possibility.
Greg Berlanti and DC
Berlanti is already enjoying success on CW with Flash and Arrow. Now he moves to the ratings juggernaut of CBS. Depending on where CBS places the show, and its pairing, it could reverse the demographic problems plaguing highly watched CBS shows.
The network could stand a younger audience, and hopefully Berlanti’s take on Supergirl delivers.
DC TV versus Marvel Movies
With the rise of comic books on-screen, it has shown the competing brands have entrenched positions. Marvel kills at the box office while its attempts on network TV have fallen flat.
DC has yet to get the kind of numbers you expect from its franchises, yet it handles TV quite well with Berlanti’s shows, along with iZombie and Gotham. Legends of Tomorrow, Titans and Lucifer are all various stages of development.
Marvel has found a groove with Daredevil on Netflix, and maybe DC’s Batman v Superman will get people excited about its cinematic universe. We will have to wait and see.
What do you think? Are you confident CBS can handle a comic book adaptation?