Monday, November 3, 2014

Supergirl Casting

David Rapoport of Rapoport Casting recently posted this on Twitter.

I still can't believe this is really happening!

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.

Here is the latest info from tv :

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. 

And before I could even process all of that, CBR came out with another article talking about different characters on the show: Cat Grant, Jimmy Olsen, Winslow Schott, and Hank Henshaw! Here is that article link: "Supergirl" To Include New Versions Of Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant And More

And some blurbs from that article.

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! 


Thomas Hayes said...

I'm excited by this too, I think it sounds like a pretty good starting point considering this is a TV show, and TV lives and dies on the characters and how they're utilised. I've seen a fair bit of pessimism around the internet based on these casting calls, arising either from loyalty to 'canon', resentment at the apparent lack of mention of Superman so far, or the suggestion of things which feel like 'soap opera' but for me at least on paper it sounds pretty good.

This could be completely wrong, but my initial feeling that Superman won't be present in this series has been strengthened by this news. This set of character dynamics feels like it will serve to make his presence unnecessary, in addition to providing Supergirl with all the things she should have which her current comic does not. Those being of course familial connections, a secret identity, a job, potential love interests and a boss/mentor figure. I'm also glad she's an adult in this, and that the name Danvers is being used because that's a nice callback to the Silver Age and the 90s comic, and it's another thing that's distinctly part of Supergirl's mythos and not Superman's. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly sure TV shows based around two female characters who are sisters aren't all that common, never mind female-led superhero shows, so that's a good development if that dynamic works.

So yeah, a nice starting point, let's hope the pilot script is good and they cast good actors in this.

Martin Gray said...

I'm optimistic, but don't like the idea of Alex, she sounds a proper cliche. I'd prefer Lena Thorul helping out psychically.

Why was Alex Daddario the only actor to come to mind? She was OK in Percy Jackson but seemed pretty generic sassy teen. You've likely seen her in more stuff than I have. I am genuinely curious!

And Hank Henshaw - that worries me, for obvious reasons!

But as for the other names mentioned, excellent! I like that the creators have obviously read a slew of Supergirl books, and even seem to be fans of the film, with its Linda/Jimmy thing.

Now, when are they going to announce Nasty?

Gear said...

So far this sounds intriguing and definitely a different "take" on Supergirl than we've seen before. Is this the oldest Supergirl we've actually had regular adventures for? Mid-twenties was Supergirl's age during CoIE I believe.

Jimmy Olsen is a nice addition. Anj, you should give us a blog entry on Jimmy's involvement with Supergirl over the years, there have been some great stories including a marriage imaginary one.

Anonymous said...

...sounds like this is progressing, which is great all around! To TPTB : Please! Keep up the steam!

In response to Thomas Hayes, and the comment about "gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister," I couldn't help but
dreg up "The Secret World of Alex Mack" series from my memory -- I'm probably dating myself with that title.

It also seems they don't want to be tied down to any particular continuity... for better or worse. I'm somewhat hopeful
that Superman could be part of this, even if it's in a throwaway line here and there.

From there, can only see and hope that there's good actors, a good script... and for the love of Supergirl... A GOOD CHARACTERIZATION!
I agree with you Anj, the Cat Grant dynamic could have a good harkening to the Gates / Igle run... but the description of Jimmy
Olsen as "the object of Kara's affection" and Winslow Schott as the "next door neighbor and developing a crush on her." Really?

They seem to want to create a new interpretation of Supergirl, and yet they're setting up a teenage angst-dramady of "Who Should
She Date?" right out the gate?


Thomas Hayes said...

I did indeed think of 'The Secret World of Alex Mack' when this news came out last week, that was on just as I was growing out of kids' TV so I did see it occasionally. The description of Alex Danvers here is similar to Annie Mack from that. I can't think of anything else with that kind of older sister/powered younger sister dynamic on TV. Of course the most similar thing in recent pop culture is 'Frozen', although the roles are inverted in that film. As far as I'm concerned it's a very promising addition.

Anj said...

Thanks for all the comments.

I almost feel like it is more of the 'Smallville'/'Buffy' template. A Scooby Gang. A possible love interest. The 'nice one' who likes the hero but is overlooked (Chloe/Xander).

And like those shows, you have to give it some time to see what resonates and what doesn't. But overall, it sounds cool. It is clear these folks have read Supergirl.

I don't know why Daddario stuck out in my mind.

And I haven't done much Jimmy stuff so maybe I can do a couple of stories!

Anonymous said...

Original Anon again...

Yes, it's early in the process, this may work as a Smallvile/Buffy/Scooby-type show, and you have to give it some time to see what works
and what doesn't.

For me personally, The Bottom Line remains : I'm hoping for a 1st ep / pilot that makes me believe it IS Supergirl, and not just
another teenage angst-dramady with a girl who just happens to have superpowers.

...looking forward to more developments!


Anonymous said...

Actually "The Secret World of Alex Mack" seems to be the template here, right down to the brainy elder sister guiding the newly minted heroine. I would say Alexandra is written into the script because Superman really can't play much of a role in this scenario. This isn't partcularly original but then again Mr. Berlanti is the executive producer and comes to the project with a spotty track record. On the other hand his other major show this year "The Mysteries of Laura" (derided as the worst show of the new season) is going great guns in the ratings, so what the hell do I know?


Anonymous said...

Seeing they hired the Agency they seem to be going for the perfect unknown. But in case the go with a seasoned actress here´s my top ten girls who´d be heaven doing the series (that should come out in about may or june).-

10) Olivia Wilde.
9) Lindsey Fonseca
8) Chloe Grace Moretz (too young)
7) Anna Sophia Robb (too small)
6) Ashley Benson.
5) Elizabeth Gillis.
4) Ali Michalka.

Fortunately everything is proceeding perfectly so far, as it should be.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "Superman's Pal", Tony Isabella at the outset of the "Superman Family Dollar Books" pitched DC's high command on having Supergirl get into a serious relationship with....Jimmy Olsen! Apparently she was gonna reveal her secret ID to him while the rest of the Superman supporting cast all chose sides.
The idea was scrapped sad to say only because Isabella abruptly left DC due to ill health, this is one of those fascinating "roads not taken" for Supergirl since it would have stirred up things "backstage" in the Superman Family and given Kara a new and different storyline to navigate.


Martin Gray said...

Fascinating info, John - but what would the Superman Family be choosing sides over?

Anj said...

I don't think I have the energy to run a 'dream casting' post.

But I am leaning more and more that Molly Quinn would be a great Kara.

ealperin said...

Ditto, with the commentary running, here. Cautiously optimistic with the casting choices. Glad they're open with ethnicity in regards to Olsen and Cat. I have a feeling that this James may be playing in the Lois & Clark : The New Adventures Of Superman role as a "hunky photog" who moves the story along with information needed per episode, or even S: TAS. Bowtie or not.

ealperin said...

Oh, that's not a bad fancast, there! :)

Comicbookrehab said...

I thought Claire Holt would be cool as Kara and Alanna Tal as Alex would work. "CatCo." sounds like a pet food company, though.

Gene said...

A lot of fans are going to relate with the "Comic-Con Fan" nature of Toyman's character and may not like it if Supergirl just keeps brushing him off and/or strings him along, i.e. says that they will go out for coffee but then keeps making excuses why she couldn't make it. Toyman's descent into evil (if that will indeed happen) can be interesting if its done well. We'll see.

If you don't want to do a "dream casting" post Anj, how about a post of what you wish to see on the show like characters, classic comic book stories, etc?

Stephen Mitchell said...


I would LOVE Molly Quinn to play Supergirl, she did do her voice after all. However they're casting 22-26 year olds and I think Molly may be too young yet.

Maybe for her they'd make an exception though ;)