CBS’s Supergirl Casts Glee Star Melissa Benoist as Kara

Supergirl

The search for the Last Daughter of Krypton is over: CBS and Warner Bros. TV announced today that Glee star Melissa Benoist has landed the lead part in Greg Berlanti’s (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler’s (The New Normal) upcoming superhero drama Supergirl. Benoist, a relatively new face on the small screen, is most well-known for her role as Marley Rose from the FOX musical series’ fourth and fifth seasons.

Benoist’s casting comes a week after CBS’s executive session at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, where network president Nina Tassler stated that they were looking for a lesser-known actress that “could carry the show” and be an “every woman.”

Aside from her series regular role on Glee, Benoist is still relativity new in the TV business with one-time guest spots on shows like The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Homeland, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: SVU. She also recently co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash.

Benoist isn’t the first Glee actor to land a leading superhero role, as last year Grant Gustin, who played the villainous Sebastian Smythe, was cast back in 2013 as Barry Allen in The CW’s The Flash, which has been a major hit for the network with Gustin also becoming one of the breakout stars of this TV season.

Now that Supergirl has its lead, it will be interesting to see who the show casts around Benoist. Supporting characters that will be joining Kara on the CBS series include Alex Danvers, Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant, Winslow Schott and Hank Henshaw.

What are your thoughts about the casting of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl? Do you think Benoist can pull those red boots off? Let us know in the comment section!

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Add Comment

Yes, Agatha Harkness Needs a Solo Movie or TV Show
Why We’ll Be Watching “The Irregulars” on Netflix
10 Things You Didn’t Know about “I Survived a Crime”
Scott Bakula Thinks Quantum Leap Reboot is Possible
What Movies Get Wrong about Weddings
Matrix 4
Neil Patrick Harris Calls The Matrix 4 Set a “Very intimate Environment”
Five Movie Franchises That Should Have Never Been Franchises
There’s a Theory That Thor is The Reason for Infinity War’s Ending Being Worse
10 Things You Didn’t Know about April Wilkerson
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Sherman Thompson
Amazing Spider-Man Truly is Amazing in This LEGO Stop-Motion Animation
Ten Actors Who Give 100% to Every Role They’re In
Why Rintrah Deserves a Solo Movie or TV Series
House of M WandaVision
Five Characters From Marvel’s “House of M” We Want To See in WandaVision
Marvel comics: House of M
Top 10 Marvel Comics Storylines You Should Read
10 Marvel Heroes That Actually Act More Like Villains
2020 Anime Awards
What Happened at the 2020 Anime Awards?
Anime Hero Match-up: Tanjiro vs. Deku
Five Anime Hero Face-Offs We Want to See
Demon Slayer Season 2
Let’s Talk About That Demon Slayer Season 2 Teaser
Sword Art Online VR
Why We Want a Sword Art Online Style VR MMO
Destiny 2 hotfix
Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.1.0.1 Patch Notes
Destiny 2
Why Destiny 2 Feels Fun Again in Season of the Chosen
Grand Theft Auto V Cross-play support
10 Games That Need Cross-Play Support
Marvel's Avengers
Is Marvel’s Avengers Worth Playing 6 Months Later?