Superman’s cousin, Supergirl, joins the hero on Earth in the first trailer for CBS’ fall 2015 show


Move over Superman, it’s time for Supergirl to enjoy her time in the spotlight! As part of their 2015 Upfronts, CBS revealed the origin story trailer for their fall 2016 show, telling the story of Clark Kent/Superman’s biological cousin who, unbeknownst to him, was also sent to Earth by her parents.

Here’s the official synopsis:

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man. It’s Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman’s cousin embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be.

Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism

The show’s cast reveals a bit more about what we can expect from the supernatural drama:

  • Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, assistant to Cat Grant at CatCo attempting to embrace her powers after years of hiding them
  • Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, a former Daily Planet photographer and love interest for Kara/Supergirl
  • Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Kara’s boss and founder of media conglomerate CatCo
  • David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent now head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), worried by Supergirl’s emergence and the potential threat posed by her powers
  • Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Kara’s foster sister, confidant, and a doctor working at the Department of Extra-Normal Operations

Despite both CBS and The CW expressing interest of a shared universe between SupergirlArrow (The CW), and The Flash, comments indicate that the shows will exist in separate universes – for now. This may become more tempting for Supergirl producers depending on the show’s success and the growing popularity of The CW’s highly rated DC Comics lineup (including DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, coming this fall).

Supergirl will premiere on CBS this fall.


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