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.

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  1. Kristina says:

    I don’t know, I just can’t see this actress in the role. I hope it’s great, and I’ll check it out for sure.

  2. Dean says:

    The guys behind this did Arrow and Flash justice so I believe they can do the same for Supergirl.

    • Mr. Tran K says:

      That person is of course Greg Berlanti and the guys also have Legends of Tomorrow premiering in mid-season.

  3. arrownoir says:

    Her gender does matter, otherwise she’d be Superman.

    • Many people have a hard time grasping that. Much like how Arrow is a poor man’s Batman, Supergirl is a poor man’s Superman.

      • Mike says:

        There is so much wrong with this comment.

        • Dean says:

          Don’t take it personally he’s just pissed Arrow and Supergirl are using themes and characters from the heroes he wanted to see. He probably considers Arrow as sacrilege since they used Ra’s al ghul, a batman villian.

          • FACTUALLY, Arrow only has a show now because of his involvement in Smallville, which came about solely because the producers of that show were unable to get the rights to Batman. Within the Arrow narrative, Arrow has been stealing from Batman left and right. As for Supergirl, she’s a cheap Superman knock off.

      • Temperance says:

        Wow… talk about condensed bull pucky. That’s certainly not the least bit reflective or reality.

        • Sure it is. Supergirl is a carbon copy of Superman, which makes her a literal knock off, and Arrow on TV has been used as a poor man’s Batman. Even Kevin Smith acknowledged this fact in the comics long ago.

          • Mike says:

            Yup, totally jealous.

          • The Crazed Spruce says:

            With all due respect to Kevin Smith, and I do like his Daredevil run and many of his movies, but he wrote a story in which Batman copped to peeing himself during the Mafia dinner scene from “Year One”, so his views on iconic DC characters can’t exactly be trusted.

          • His views on how Arrow rips off Batman were still accurate. Arrowcave, Arrowcar, sidekick, etc.

    • Lol your right! The problem isn’t her gender the problem is her acting!

    • olita says:

      I agree — her gender *does* matter. But it doesn’t make her less of a super hero, and this is an opportunity to reconstitute the character so she’s not a carbon copy of Superman.

  4. In evoking Donner they show how far behind the curve they are. Donner’s movie has influenced everything about Superman since its release, but that’s no longer the accepted model, Man of Steel is. Supergirl should snap Lord’s neck like Wonder Woman did in the comics, lol.

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Think Melissa Benoist is a great fit to play the title role at least if some other actress would’ve been perfect to step into the role of the iconic DC Comics heroine. Can’t wait until October 26th for the premiere.

  6. I got annoyed when I watched the first preview and they used chick flick/romantic comedy music. Arrow & Flash have a superhero score so there was no need for that. I am also not a huge fan of the actress but I will try the first few episodes.

  7. Mark says:

    They need to explain the gaping plot hole from the pilot in episode two or this is a dead duck with nowhere to go.

  8. JustLookAtTheFlowers says:

    Can’t wait! I think Melissa has a really great personality and her smile is infectious. Her co-stars just need people to give them a chance, especially Mehcad’s take on Jimmy Olsen and Davis Harewood.

  9. Temperance says:

    I loved the tone of the pilot, thought not every detail of the rest. But I’m trilled that they are trying to use the Donner movies as inspiration. The ‘Supers’ are NOT ‘dark’ or ‘gritty’, and they aren’t supposed to be. Period. It’s simply not the character and the reason that Superman works at all. When you try and get all modern angsty, it all falls flat. I’m also glad that they chose Melissa, who can hit all the right ‘super’ notes in her performance with honesty.

  10. Is there a reason why every single article about a female superhero, or even a female in a superhero show has to feature the words ‘badass’ or ‘kickass’?

  11. Luis says:

    Nice that they saved Maxwell Lord to debut on “Supergirl.” i expected to see him revealed on either “Arrow” or “Flash” by now.