Melissa Benoist Talks Playing Supergirl in the Upcoming CBS Series

DC Entertainment’s TV slate bolstered four shows in the 2013-2014 season and they’ve got even more on the horizon in the coming months. Among those is “Supergirl,” which will feature “Glee” star Melissa Benoist in the title role. Speaking with CBR, Benoist opened up about the project and how much she is looking forward to it.

“What’s so wonderful about her is that she is such a relatable character, amongst her powers. What I’m the most excited about is telling a story about a human being really realizing their potential and their strength, and I think that’s something that everyone will root for and want in their own lives – I’m really excited about that.”

Benoist wouldn’t comment on what her costume will look like in the series but did say: “It’s a little daunting. It’s daunting, but that’s good. I like being pushed. I work well under pressure.”

The cast for “Supergirl” continues to grow and will feature Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as her Kryptonian mother Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, and a double for the man of steel himself, Superman.

Hailing from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions (who also produce the hit DC Comics series “Arrow” and “The Flash” for The CW), “Supergirl” is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be.

The pilot episode was written by Ali Adler (“No Ordinary Family”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). They will also executive produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV. The show has a series commitment at CBS. 

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