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Supergirl @ Comic-Con: 'Her Gender Doesn't Matter — She's a Badass'

Supergirl Season 1 Spoilers

A female hero is taking to the small screen — and it’s about time, says the creative team behind CBS’ Supergirl.

After shepherding Arrow and The Flash to TV, executive producer Greg Berlanti “felt like it was time for a female lead at the center of one of these shows,” he said at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

“It was a story that needed to be told,” EP Ali Adler added. “You come in and see her as female and you’ll remember her as powerful. Her gender doesn’t really matter. She’s a badass.”

The CBS series also features a strong female presence behind the scenes, with Alder for starters. “It’s important to have women involved in every show in production,” EP Geoff Johns declared.

Also revealed during Supergirl‘s first SDCC panel:

* Like Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin, star Melissa Benoist was the first person the producers saw for the title role.

* The beginning of the season will introduce the villains Reactron and Livewire. Additionally, Nurse Jackie alum Peter Facinelli will play Maxwell Lord.

* “We were heavily influenced by the [Richard] Donner vision” a la 1978’s Superman, EP Andrew Kreisberg said of the show’s grounded tone.

* CatCo colleague “Winn [Schott] is in love with Kara before he finds out she’s Supergirl,” portrayer Jeremy Jordan described. Alas, “There’s another very strong, attractive male standing in the way” — in the form of Mehcad Brooks’ James Olsen.