CBS has ordered a full series of Supergirl. The superhero drama, starring Glee’s Melissa Benoist, has been given the green light for its first run which will air on the American network later this season.
The Supergirl series will follow Superman’s 24-year-old crime-fighting cousin Kara Danvers, or Kara Zor-El, (Benoist), as she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Benoist, best known as Marley Rose in Glee’s fourth and fifth seasons, will be joined by Calista Flockhart, who will play Cat Grant – Kara’s tough boss at CatCo – and David Harewood who stars as supervillain Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman.
Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Laura Benanti (Nashville) also appear.
Supergirl is a DC Comics hero who first appeared during the late 1950s. This new series follows a 1984 film adaptation starring Helen Slater as Supergirl. The character also appeared in The CW’s Smallville.
Supergirl, from Greg Berlanti (Arrow and The Flash) and Warner Bros, is the first series CBS has ordered this pilot season.