While watching NFL football on CBS, I kept seeing promo blurbs for Supergirl (2015-), "the hero America's been waiting for," a new TV series spurred on by the relative successes of Arrow (2012-), The Flash (2014-) and others. I generally watch almost no scripted network series, but finally curiosity got the best of me and I looked at the pilot to see who was in it. The titular character is played by Melissa Benoist (a former cast member of Glee who was the first auditionee for the part and got it, but not before a thousand other young ladies were considered!)
Benoist's antagonist on the series (her secret identity's domineering
boss at a publishing conglo- merate, lending a The Devil Wears Prada feel) is played by Calista Flockhart, a
performer I have successfully avoided from 1989 till now, but even she
didn't bother me as her character is meant to be loathsome. (That
character being Cat Grant, created in the comics in 1987 and portrayed
for one season, 1993-1994, on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman by Tracy Scoggins.)
What made me decide to watch the pilot episode was the stunt casting of Supergirl's adoptive parents on earth. Arriving years after her more famous cousin Superman, thanks to an unexpected detour to a zone in which time was frozen for her, she is greeted by the hero (shown only in silhouette) who now older than her instead of younger as he was back on Krypton!
He takes her to live with a couple of married scientists who had proven helpful to him in his own youth, The Danvers. We see the couple walking from their oceanfront home to greet Superman and his young cousin.
Upon closer inspection, we see that the mother, Eliza Danvers, is being played by Helen Slater and the father, Jeremiah Danvers, is portrayed by Dean Cain!
This is fun because Slater is best known for her cinematic debut as Supergirl (1984), in which she was a beautiful and appealing young actress caught in something of a messy movie. She's only given a line or two in this pilot episode as the story wants to chug along and get to the heroine's adulthood.
Cain (who fares even worse since he is given no lines and is barely seen!) is also an entertaining bit of casting since he was the star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997.) Despite the fact that he was vastly underutilized, it was neat to see him on the show. (Slater, at least, has another guest spot in the can which will be seen on November 23rd.)
When Slater was Supergirl and Cain was Superman, we had not yet decided that it was abhorrent to wear saturated primary colors when portraying a superhero.
Now, all live-action projects centered around comic book heroes
feature darkened, dulled renditions of the costumes that made the
characters famous in the first place.
outfit is in line with this new trend. (Even her hair is far less blonde.) I wasn't sure what to expect out
of this show, but I must say the pilot, and Benoist's considerable charm, won me over. For the moment, it's in my DVR as a series to record. Can we get a guest spot from Faye Dunaway as Selena? Ha!
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