CBS thinks Supergirl is a perfect companion to The Good Wife and Madam Secretary

By Lynette Rice
Updated January 12, 2015 03:00 PM
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CBS hasn’t had much luck with genre dramas, but it has high hopes that a certain caped crusader will fly for the network.

The network has given a series commitment to Supergirl, a DC Comics character that was first introduced to fanboys and girls in 1959. The drama from Greg Berlanti (co-showrunner for The CW’s Arrow) will zero in on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who is equally as powerful as her male counterpart – and just as allergic to Kryptonite.

Though Supergirl is expected to be played by an unknown, 20-something actress, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler is confident the actress and role will fit nicely alongside more mature characters like The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Extant‘s Molly Woods (Halle Berry), and Madam Secretary‘s Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni).

“As you can tell from the strength of the female characters on TV, Supergirl is a real passion of ours,” Tassler told reporters at a Television Critics Association panel on Monday in Pasadena, California. “We realized that she embodies so many qualities of classic female heroines on the networks. We think it’s a coming-of-age opportunity for us. We fell in love with the pitch.”

“There is human drama there,” Tassler continued. “We have watched the evolution of superhero characters and how they are portrayed. They have humanity, they are flawed. There is a relatability for our network.”

Its been a long time since CBS has aired a superhero show. The network was home to The Flash in 1990-91 and The Incredible Hulk from 1978-1982.

The last time Supergirl cracked the zeitgeist was in 2007, when she was played by Laura Vandervoort for CW’s Smallville through 2011. Helen Slater also portrayed her for the big screen in 1984.