After CW found hits with comic-based programming like Arrow and The Flash, their big sister network CBS is looking to do the same with Supergirl. During this year's annual Television Critics Association winter press tour, CBS chairman Nina Tassler opened up about the recently announced television series, ranging from casting to costuming and even crossing over with the other live-action shows based on DC Comics.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Supergirl will be a crime procedural mixing a "case of the week" style formula with a "real series arc" for the titular character according to Tassler.
“[Supergirl is] a very strong, independent young woman," Tassler says. "She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story. If you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that … We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.”
EW says that CBS has auditioning actresses to play the lead role for "several weeks," with CBS leaning towards a "lesser-known" actor to play the part -- namechecking a particularly fond memory for an analogy in the process..
"I think back to having had the good fortune of being at Warner Bros. when we were doing Lois & Clark, the chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher was really wonderful," said Tassler, who worked as VP of Drama for CBS during that show's run. "So I think in this case, it’s looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.”
CBS hasn't found its Supergirl yet, it has already found her costume. Tassler descibes the design as "awesome," and says its designed by Arrow and The Flash costumer Colleen Atwood.
But despite sharing the same tailor, Tassler sayd don't expect Supergirl to cross paths with the CW super-duo.
"That's a different network so I think we're going to keep Supergirl to ourself right now," Tassler told NerdReport.
Although CBS and the CW are both under the Time Warner umbrella (as is DC Entertainment), it's not unheard of in television for networks to be territorial about their projects. That being said, Supergirl does share the same executive producer as The Flash and Arrow in Greg Berlanti.
But earlier in January The Hollywood Reporter asked fellow Arrow producer about such a crossover, with Guggenheim saying it was "possible." Lesley Goldberg, who conducted the THR interview, said that she "heard" Berlanti's deal with CBS included the stipulation that the three series could crossover, but no one involved with the various shows have confirmed that.