‘Supergirl’ Denies ‘Arrow’ Crossover or Superman, Promises Red Tornado, Non, More
By now, a good chunk of Supergirl fans have had an opportunity to check out the pilot, though those hungry for new DC details needn’t wait until the October premiere. In addition to a new trailer, CBS’ new series drops intel on possible Arrow and Flash crossovers, an appearance from the big man himself, along with DC figures like Red Tornado, Non and more.
It seems Supergirl will be sticking to her own universe for now, according to CBS boss Nina Tassler’s executive session at the TCA press tour, though we might at least expect some cross-promotion between CBS and The CW. Similarly downplayed was any possible appearance of Superman himself, as DC bigwig Geoff Johns offered “He will be a factor in her life, but you won’t see him exactly on-screen.”
Downers all around, but what DC goodness can we expect from episodes beyond the premiere? Well, in addition to Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s arrival as Lois Lane’s sister Lucy, we can expect to meet her father General Sam Lane (previously played in Smallville by Michael Ironside, who again plays Peyton List’s father on The Flash, while List previously played Lucy Lane - confused yet?). Also waiting in the wings are DC android Red Tornado, and Zod henchman Non.
Premiering Monday, October 26, so reads the official CBS logline for Supergirl:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director.
However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
In addition, Supergirl features Chris Browning as Reactron, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, Owain Yeoman as DC’s Vartox, Iron Man villain Faran Tahir as The Commander, Smash star Jeremy Jordan as Toyman, former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater as Kara’s adoptive Danvers parents, and Laura Benanti as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura. As with DC’s approach to movies and TV thus far, the new Supergirl series will establish its own independent continuity, outside of Arrow and The Flash, or the inevitable Justice League movie, as CBS boss Nina Tassler previously downplayed the possibility of any CW crossover.
In the meantime, check out the latest Supergirl trailers below (as well as a new one above), as we count down to the October premiere.