CBS Chairman Offers More Details on Supergirl. It was only last year when we heard that CBS had picked up Supergirl, which is an unusual network for superhero fare. However, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler revealed some details on what to expect.
At the Television Critics Association, Nina Tassler talked about what fans and viewers will look forward to when Supergirl gets released. Variety reported that one detail she discussed was that the superhero drama would also be a crime procedural. “There will be cases, but what [executive producers] Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti pitched was a real series arc for her,” Tassler revealed. “The beauty of it is now with shows like Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.”
As for what direction the show will go, Tassler said that Supergirl would be focusing on a strong and independent woman who is discovering herself and her abilities.
She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story. If you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that…We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.
We still don’t know who would be playing Supergirl, but Tassler told Entertainment Weekly that they are in search of a lesser known actress to take on the role.
She’s got to be an every woman. She’s got to be specific. She’s got to be a terrific actor. [It’s] looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.
There is also a costume in place for whoever will play the character, which Tassler said looks pretty amazing. “We have seen the costume. Awesome costume.” Tassler revealed that Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who was responsible for the costumes in Arrow and The Flash, designed the costume. Speaking of those two CW shows, don’t expect to see a crossover happening between the three shows. “That’s a different network so I think we’re going to keep Supergirl to ourself right now,” Tassler said.
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