Melissa Benoist stands cooly in front of flaming wreckage in her cool new costume in CBS’ highly-anticipated superhero series, Supergirl.
She is actually the second Glee alum to join in on the superhero fun made by Greg Berlanti, creator of CW’s The Flash, Arrow, and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow. The Flash’s Grant Gustin is the other hero who once hailed from the FOX’s TV high school musical.
“If we hadn’t found her, I wouldn’t have wanted to make it,” Berlanti tells Variety of his leading lady.
“I never imagined myself getting a role like this,” Benoist says, adding that she’s wanted to be a professional actor since her first play at 4 years old. Benoist auditioned 10 times over the course of two-and-a-half months, before landing the role.
Supergirl also stars Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw. Dean Cain and Helen Slater are expected to show up in the series as well. Their identities are remain a mystery.
After watching Supergirl’s six-minute-long preview earlier this month, my expectations for the show shot way up. This coming from a person who used to love the Helen Slater Supergirl from the 80s, but saw it again as an adult and hated it. Hopefully, Supergirl fans who’ve been feeling this 31-year-long sting will be able to cleanse their pallet with the release of new TV show.