I know the show is one to two seasons away but CBS is keeping the interest stoked by releasing more information about the casting and the show. With excitement riding high about big screen super-heroes, why not promote the small screen too.
For Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers, the show is eyeing
Caucasian females, age 22 to 26, to play 24. As the series’ mythology
goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to
Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught
her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said
skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super
moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism
for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in
the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super
moniker along the way.
The other lead role currently being cast is that of 26-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Danvers,
Kara’s gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister. Growing up,
Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her
abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien
anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret
government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many
challenges, both mundane and super.
Now there is almost too much to love about this promotional piece.
She is taken in by the Danvers! She holds back her powers ... almost like a secret weapon. She embraces her new heroic life and gets called Supergirl. It is all perfect! And she has been living on Earth for a while. It all sounds so classic! I love it.
And then the bombshell that she has a brilliant sister. I am going to assume Alex will be the Oracle for Kara, helping out, adding the tech and deductive skills, and tracking down the bad guys for Supergirl to take out. She is the Chloe. She is the Willow. It is new to the Supergirl mythos ... but a brilliant addition to the show.
Now I don't know who is going to play Supergirl. And I don't usually muse about castings and potential actors. But when I heard about Alex, only one person came to mind ... Alexandra Daddario.
Cat is described as a woman in her 40s and the founder of media conglomerate
called CatCo. The casting information says the producers are open to any
ethnicities for the part, which is described as "J.Lo by way of Anna
Wintour." Kara Danvers, Supergirl's civilian identity, will be Cat's
personal assistant when she's not saving lives.
Hmmm ... so maybe there is a Devil Wears Prada feel to this. It is an interesting dynamic for Kara to be the hen-pecked assistant by day, all-powerful hero also by day. Having Cat in a TMZ field makes plots like those in the Gates/Igle period where Cat hoped to destroy Supergirl's image a possibility.
Like with Cat Grant, the casting directors are open to ethnicity when it
comes to CatCo photographer James Olsen. The character is described as smart,
worldly, attractive and in his late 20s or early 30s. Olsen will be a bit of an
alpha male in the series and also the object of Kara's affection.
I always thought a Jimmy/Kara romance would be fun even if it is a bit similar to the Clark/Lois dynamic. I would have preferred Jimmy as a 'Mr. Action' new photog over a paparazzi.
CatCo programmer Winslow 'Wynn' Schott is described as a twentysomething genius and
"Comic-Con stalwart." He will be Kara's next door neighbor and
develop a crush on her, which could lead to some awkward encounters should he ever give into
the villainous tendencies of his comic book counterpart, Toyman.
If Alexandra is the 'Willow' equivalent, I guess Wynn is the 'Xander'. I do like that his nickname is Wynn ... like actor Ed Wynn, who the original Toyman had to be modeled after. And I hope he does a heel turn before Alexandra.
Of course, I am sure that he is the character I will most identify with.
Lastly, Hank Henshaw is described as a 40-year-old CIA agent with more than
a passing interest in extraterrestrials. He will be the head of DEO -- the
Department of Extra-Normal Operations -- and take a special interest in
Supergirl once the hero stands revealed.
Will Henshaw be an Inspector Henderson, helping Supergirl? Or will he be General Lane, fighting her? I have to assume the latter. I like the crossover between Superman and Supergirl characters here and Henshaw fits the bill nicely.
Overall this is sounding better and better!
But Daddario really should play Alexandra. Make it so CBS!