The DC Television enterprise continues to impress audiences with its recent announcement that CBS will be bringing Supergirl to the small screen, with fan-favorite-showrunner Greg Bertlanti at the helm. Bertlanti is no stranger to comic book adaptations for television, having successfully brought both Arrow and The Flash to the CW. What’s more? He’s done it with ratings! Nerds rejoice – Bertlanti has proven to us that he knows how to expand on those more historically underexposed comic book characters, which is news de jour for the likes of Clark Kent’s less famous yet slightly more interesting cousin, Kara.

As with his two other hit superhero television shows Arrow and The Flash (WB), Berlanti ensures us in a recent conversation with the Television Criticis Association (TCA) that while he’s kicked pre-production into overdrive, the first goal is finding the perfect actress to portray the titular character:
I hope you hear about casting soon or we’re not going to be able to make the pilot… As with all these things, there’s only one person. I can’t imagine someone other than a lot of our actors playing these roles so I feel you’re always just looking for that person.

Fans of The Last Daughter of Krypton might ask the question, “Which person?”  Supergirl, as with much of the DC New 52, has gone through a bit of renovation over the past few years.  Will we see a classic DC interpretation of the character, raised as a foster child by the Danvers, or will we see a pre-Infinite Crisis version of Kara Zor-El that depicts her as a stalwart defender of the infant Kal-El? Perhaps even something darker akin to the Black Kryptonite storyline, or the New 52 arch where we find Kara on a rampage in Russia, searching for her cousin?  Our bet is that it’ll be some kind of amalgam (pun intended). Our hope, it that it’ll pass the Bechdel Test.
The Bechdel test asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.
Tonally speaking, CBS Chairman Nina Tassler suggests it’ll focus more on self discovery:
It’s a wonderful amalgamation of the mythology of the character with kind of a modern coming of age.  She’s a very strong, independent young woman and she’s coming into her own.  She’s dealing with family issues.  She’s dealing with work issues and it’s a female empowerment story.  You look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that.
Of course the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Supergirl will cross over with resident CW hunks Oliver Queen and Barry Allen in the near future, or perhaps even a guest spot prior to the premiere?  Berlanti is optimistic if not cautious, telling Collider recently:
So much has to go right [to have a crossover]. We have to make a great show.  Again, I think of myself, if I were watching it I would want to see that, but we have to get so many things right to make a good show, and so much of it is luck unfortunately.
He went on to say:
… That was really important to all of us (making a female-led superhero series) when we set out to working on it and it was really important to DC and it was really important to the women I’m working on the show with, the women that work at the studio and the women that work on the network.  In a lot of ways I’m surrounded by more women on the project that can answer that question better.
Indeed the climate for women-led superhero stories is on the rise. Marvel’s Agent Carter recently premiered to critical acclaim and respectable ratings.  A Vixen cartoon is in the works for The CW.  The only thing we need now is to find a way to put Felicity Smoak on everything.
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