Supergirl Scoop: Glee's Melissa Benoist to Star as Kara on CBS Series

Suprgirl Cast Melissa Benoist

Look, up in the sky, it’s… Supergirl!

And filling the plum role on the upcoming CBS series, TVLine has learned, is Glee alum Melissa Benoist.

Per the CBS series’ logline, Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet of Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has concealed the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

In addition to her run as Glee‘s Marley, Benoist’s credits include appearances on Homeland and The Good Wife, plus a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated Whiplash.

Other Supergirl roles to be cast include Kara’s science-minded foster sister, Alex; Cat Grant, the CEO of CatCo, a media conglom Kara toils for; CatCo colleagues James Olsen and Wynn Schott; and Hank Henshaw, the Supergirl-obsessed director of the the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations).

The Supergirl pilot was penned by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow), both of whom will exec-produce alongside Sarah Schechter (of Berlanti Productions) and Warner Bros. TV.

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  1. K says:

    Aww if anyone I wish Becca Tobin would have been cast

    • Melissa Bonet is such a dull, flat actress.

      • dude says:

        She’s an extremely talented stage actress, a lot of that was lost on Glee.

      • Fx says:

        I disagree. Melissa Benoist* is a great actress, and I loved her Glee character, which was mostly bad written. She just has to bulk up to match the role of SG.

      • cdhaskell says:

        I hope that the Supergirl role will bring out the best in her.

        • Hopefully. God knows they need another show that will do REALLY well after a handful of their shows ending this year. I hope this writer and creator is an asset to her career. Not another person who will bring her down. Like Mr. Murphy.

          • I still hope that Supergirl the series will still become a winner.It is rare to see a heroine in charge of a show. I hope that she will get some interested rogue gallery and some storyline that the fan wanted to come home to watch or better yet DVR the show to wanted later.

          • That’s what I’m hoping. I’m a long standing fan of CBS shows but this one can go either way. Especially with Bonet at the helm. I am ALL for girl power, believe me. I just want them to do it well.

    • Ann says:

      I really hope Melissa is a better actress than what we saw on Glee. I’m hoping it was terrible writing and bad directing that made her acting so flat, so I’m willing to see what she can do as Supergirl.

      • cdhaskell says:

        I must agree with Ann that Melissa Benoist get the right writing and directing to make her role as Supergirl/Kara Danvers come alive. I wanted to wish her all the luck in the world.

        • cdhaskell says:

          I hope that Melissa Benoist will get the right team behind her. I can’t wait to see what she will look like in her full Supergirl costume. Good luck to her and the Supergirl creative team.

      • lechatnoir says:

        French girls never disappoint , but it looks all the super heroes are going to be Glee Alumnis . First Grant Gustine with flash now Melissa . Um…

    • Shaz says:

      OMG YES!!!! I was hoping I had confused the two, and I was disappointed when Marleys face showed up. Maybe she was supposed to play Marley as a boring wet blanket and she’ll be a great Kara. Maybe the pilot will do poorly and they’ll recast. I just hope they bleach her hair, I dont want to see this gal in a horrible wig!

    • Angus says:

      Too short

    • jimmbboe says:

      Hmmm, interesting!

  2. Ames says:

    Don’t have anything super nice to say about this casting news, except that I trust Greg Berlanti, so I have to believe he saw something there. Question – is she going to be blond?

  3. Tran says:

    Really don’t know if casting Melissa Benoist is the perfect choice for a lead role.

  4. Ci says:

    Vanessa Williams for Cat Grant, the CEO of CatCo.

  5. Mike R. says:

    Dye it blonde and I’m on board.

    She was good in whiplash.

  6. Eli says:

    This casting news just reaffirms my belief that this Supergirl reboot is going to be a disaster.

    • Gerald says:

      No Offense to Melissa but agree. Besides we have plenty of other superhero tv shows to watch right now. Not that I mind, but it is the revolving door or villains that is starting to boggle my mind on all the different shows, so I am okay if this one doesn’t go to series.

    • DIYA says:

      lets not jump the gun folks!..chances are the end product might turn out well . also is SUPERMAN not gonna be part of this show at all. how will they make that work.
      also will viewership hungry CBS keep this show on air long enough even if the show is made well creatively speaking

      • cdhaskell says:

        I got a feeling that CBS will discover a way to keep the show on the air by selling it oversea market like CW did with Nitlka the series was one of the reason why it was still on the air longer despite the small loyal fan behind the series.

        • ChicagoDan says:

          If it bombs on CBS, which is possible, they could always move to CW. (Ringer was commissioned by CBS and they ‘gave’ it to CW at the upfronts.)

  7. Claire says:

    I don’t think Melissa Benoist is the next big thing, but it would be kind of ironic if one of the much-maligned new kids from Season 4 became the biggest star to come out of Glee.

  8. Li says:

    She was bland and boring in Glee. I have my doubts about her as Supergirl.

  9. Michelle says:

    I’ve never seen her in anything, but I’ll give her a fair shot.

  10. ggny says:

    She was very good in whiplash. I think Glee held her back a bit so im not bashing the casting yet till we see some episodes

  11. Andrea says:

    Hmm. I didn’t care for her in Glee. I’ve kind of felt like this had disaster written all over it since it was announced. Hopefully, I’ll be wrong!

    • Jacob says:

      I look at this casting and say meh, and then I remember how much I didn’t like Grant Gustin when he was in Glee. However, now I don’t think I’d want to see another person take his place in The Flash as Berry Allen. Both my brother and I agree that Grant is great in the role.

  12. Brian Bauer says:

    For those that may not know. Wynn Schott = Toyman, Hank Henshaw = Cyborg Superman

  13. Keith Thomas says:

    Ugh. Nothing good has come forth about this show. If it survives half a season it’ll be a miracle. It’s like the movie Catwoman with half @$$ Supergirl in the lead.

  14. Alanistic says:

    Anyone else hoping for Claire Holt?

  15. Cali5 says:

    I found her really boring on Glee. And she really didn’t stand out much to me in Whiplash. I’m rather disappointed in this casting news. I do trust Greg Berlanti — but then he cast Katie Cassidy as Laurel in Arrow, so he’s not perfect.

  16. Sarah says:

    My initial reaction was Meh…

    After reading the article and reading about the yet to be cast characters, my reaction is an even bigger meh….

    Show sounds like a dud.

  17. Velocisexual says:

    So with Gotham on Fox, Supergirl on CBS and the various CW show, is DC/Warner Brothers just invading every network except ABC? Trying to do to Marvel on TV what Marvel did to them in the movies? It won’t work of course, cause they really do not understand how the modern entertainment industry works, but I am curious what’s gonna be on NBC next.

    • Drew says:

      Constantine is on NBC… for now.
      But DC is kicking Marvel’s butt when it comes to TV. Marvel has Agents of SHIELD, which is not widely loved. They have Agent Carter, which is a little better, but still on one network. They will be expanding to Netflix, but how well that will work out for them, we still don’t know.
      ABC has become a billboard for Disney properties. Once Upon a Time and Agents of SHIELD are little more than infomercials for bigger properties. Meanwhile, DC is spreading their properties across different networks which will get them a lot more attention than if they kept their focus as narrow as Marvel… Simply put, DC is writing the rule book for how to produce comic book shows right now. They are schooling Marvel when it comes to TV.
      Marvel has made more money in the box office recently. Then again, DC’s slate of films is just starting to trickle out. There is plenty of time for them to make money.

    • Jacob says:

      I doubt that ABC would ever pick up a DC property considering that their parent company, Disney, also owns Marvel. That’s a big reason why the ratings for SHIELD and Agent Carter don’t really matter, it’s all produced in-house, and with the movie and profits generated from the Marvel movies, the Marvel TV shows are basically the best advertisement you could get, keeping the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving and in front of people’s eyes.

  18. Ashley says:

    She was pretty dull on Glee but then again her character was dull in general, so I won’t hold her to that. As long as she ups the personality, I don’t think she’ll be bad Kara.

  19. TW says:

    I didn’t realize the Supergirl reboot was a musical.

  20. Letti says:

    Then hopefully Claire Holt can return to TO. That show needs her. I’d also like to watch her, but I’m not interested in Acquarius.

  21. Lysh says:

    Berlanti must have a thing for Glee kids. He did well with Grant Gustin so I’ll try to be optimistic about this.

  22. dude says:

    Claire Holt was my ideal choice so I’m disappointed but I like Melissa and enjoyed her on Glee so I’m happy with this choice.

  23. Anon says:

    I was hoping for Claire Holt. I don’t believe she was offered the part but I wish she had been. She would have totally been perfect for the role.

  24. Azerty says:

    I don’t know the actress, I’ve never watched Glee and I don’t remember her on Homeland but for all the bad comments about the actress, I remember the reactions were exactly the same when Grant Gustin was casted as the Flash and now I could not see anyone else on the role. Wait and see, I will surely give it a shot.

  25. Hector says:

    im sorry but Supergirl has meat on her bones as well as a big chest. unless they casted her as a young Kara when she was on Krypton.

  26. Dean says:

    OH MY GOD PEOPLE GET OVER IT!!! The show hasn’t even be filmed yet and there’s already whining! There was going to be backlash either way no matter who got cast. At least give it the benifit of the doubt before you start voicing destain.

  27. Drew says:

    I know nothing about this actress, but DC has been doing well with their shows, so I will be checking this out for sure. If it is good, it will be a miracle since I can’t stomach any CBS shows and haven’t really watched the network in years.

  28. Enid says:

    She ruined Glee and is going to ruin this show before it even airs.

  29. Julia says:

    I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt…but she was absolutely terrible on Glee…

  30. Rick Katze says:

    Never watched Glee so no opinion on the actress. But Berlanti has been good and CBS des provide a lot of eyeballs so I suspect the show has a good chance to succeed. Besides which, you can’t have too many superheroes on TV.

  31. aplwrites says:

    This casting takes a lot of air out of my excitement tires. While her acting is a mixed bag, she doesn’t look the part IMO nor does she seem to fit the role of most of the recent incarnations.

  32. ian says:

    I like your kara cousin of superman your beautiful I like you Good luck…

  33. Lizo says:

    This show had better be good.

  34. Sydney says:

    Never heard of this actress.

  35. Michele says:

    Whiplash proves that Glee underwrote her and under used her. Very exciting news

  36. What is it with former Glee stars becoming superheroes? Gotta admit, I like this trend. :)

  37. Jeff hunter says:

    I think its great casting and I’m giving her a chance.DC is kicking Marvels Butt right-and will always:-) all the DCshows are too swell… if we can only get Official Confer nation that Steven r. McQueen is playing Night wing on TNTs TITANS then I’d be a happy camper.

  38. Dennis says:

    Flop.. flop… flop…
    Bad casting I’m rooting for the kryptonite

  39. christine says:

    Based on her look…. (I Googled her)….she will be ideal. She doesnt look like a porn star or a supermodel. She looks like a fresh faced girl next door which is how Kara should look to me. She is relatable. I have never seen her act but i am keeping my fingers crossed. This is encouraging

  40. behzadbyhimself says:

    The entire ‘new kids’ set was very badly underused on Glee, especially her who barely said a few lines in Season 5. But watch her in Whiplash, she’s very good and very charismatic!

  41. Magikbullet says:

    I trust the team that is doing this show. They have given us Arrow they have given us Flash and now they are doing Supergirl. All I have to say is she better suit up and like Flash they dont hold back on the powers because that is why Flash is so good, that and a good group of supporting cast to drive the story. The girl can act and lets be honest we will need a bit of Dull Marley for when she wears the glasses, but she needs to shine when she is in costume. And lets all hope for a massive crossover between Flash and Arrow so we can get a good Justice League started

  42. Riana says:

    Let’s point out that Stephen Amell didn’t have much work in America before Arrow and slowly grew into the role. Give her a chance

  43. chuckiechk says:

    she was a superhero on glee lol

  44. AW says:

    I don’t know who she is, but her hair better be blond when it’s on TV! I’ll wait and see …

  45. M says:

    Well I have officially lost interest in this show… I never liked her on glee

  46. Lisa says:

    She came off as boring, flat and forgettable in Glee. The writers didn’t give her much to work with, but a better actress would’ve performed better than she did.

  47. Jared says:

    Melissa is a perfect choice. Please don’t judge her solely on her Glee character. She is far better an actress then what Ryan Murphy and co had her doing in that show. My only wish is that Supergirl was on The CW and not CBS(mainly because it would have to do big business in ratings and viewers pretty much straight out the gate on CBS whereas The CW has some leeway) either way Greg Berlanti knows what he’s doing. Can’t wait to watch!

  48. Pérola says:

    Well… It worked with flash, só… I’ll just shut up and wait to see.

  49. I.R.E. says:

    She got turned down from Glee, but she a few more appearances in glee this season before she appears in this Supergirl situation right away.

    • Riana says:

      She was fired, but so was the rest of the McKinley cast even though taking the show away from McKinley caused it tank.

      • I.R.E. says:

        Fired, but not yet out of this show, because I already know what happened to FOX last year and they fixed it this year. I don’t see the mentioning about transferred, so she may need a proper ending by appearing in Glee in the meantime for a few episodes as a reduced guest, so hang on.