Glee’s Melissa Benoist Cast as Supergirl
Supergirl has had many incarnations over the years, but the CBS series starring Benoist will follow Superman’s cousin from Krypton, Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers.
Since escaping the destruction of Krypton, Kara has been hiding her powers, but at the age of 24 she decides to embrace the abilities and be the hero she was destined to be.
Benoist starred as Marley on Glee during the show’s fourth and fifth season. Her other credits include the Oscar nominated Whiplash, The Longest Ride and episodes of Homeland, The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.
Expect a costume photo soon, it’s already been designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. Atwood also did the costumes for The Flash and Arrow.
Supergirl is a fictional character, a superhero featuring in comic books published by DC Comics. Supergirl was created to be a female counterpart to DC’s popular hero Superman. She was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. She first appeared in the Action Comics comic book series and later branched out into animation, film, television, and merchandising. In May 2011, Supergirl placed 94th on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.
Introduced in 1959, a number of different characters have assumed the Supergirl mantle over the decades, with the most popular and enduring version of the character being Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. Supergirl plays a supporting role in various DC Comics publications, including Action Comics, Superman, and several comic book series unrelated to Superman. In 1969, Supergirl’s adventures became the lead feature in Adventure Comics, and she later starred in an eponymous comic book series which debuted in 1972 and ran until 1974, followed by a second monthly comic book series titled The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, which ran from 1982 to 1984.