CBS announced several tidbits of interesting information about the upcoming Supergirl series at the Television Critics Association event Monday, along with a new trailer that focuses on the "Super." The official Supergirl Twitter account provided live coverage of the event, which included cast members Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood, and Mehcad Brooks, as well as producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
The chief message from the panel was that Supergirl is meant to be empowering to young women, with Flockhart saying, "This show is a real celebration of girl power, and it's a great show for moms and daughters to watch together."
"We wanted to take the word 'girl' back," added Berlanti. "'Supergirl' doesn't mean young and inconsequential, it means strong and bold."
Kara Zor-El's kryptonian cousin Superman was another big topic of conversation, with Johns revealing that he would play a significant part in Kara's embracing her heroic identity, saying "Superman does play a part in the evolution of Supergirl becoming a superhero."
Flockhart also joked that she had designs on Superman as well, saying "I would just like to say for the record, I would love it if [Cat Grant] got involved with Superman."
Finally, the panel also revealed several new DC characters scheduled to debut in Supergirl, with Kreisberg saying "We're introducing a lot of characters from the DC Comics world in the first several episodes."
Among those characters announced were Red Tornado, Livewire, General Sam Lane, and Kryptonian villain Non. No further details about the characters as they would appear on the show were given.
Finally, the panel closed out with a new Supergirl trailer, showing her first meeting with Superman, along with more details about the intergalactic criminals she'll face on the show.
Supergirl premieres October 26, 2015 on CBS.