Fans have a great lineup of television in store for them this Fall 2015-2016. DC Comics have a literal and figurative super slate of television lined up as FOX’s “Gotham” returns, along with The CW’s “The Flash” and “Arrow.” Perhaps more exciting for fans is knowing that two new DC Comics based series will be airing – “Supergirl” on CBS and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on The CW. Both “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”were announced this past week, along with trailers, photos, and plot synopsis’. Enough to make any fan excited, What’cha Reading has your sneak peek into both shows debuting later this year.
CBS’s “Supergirl” has quickly come together over the past year and is the DC Comics based series I’m most excited for. I’ve seen the first trailer and while I do have certain reservations about tv’s next Super show, the tone of the series looks great, along with our first extended look at Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. CBS’s first entry into the world of DC Comics begins this November 2015 and airs Monday nights at 8PM. It’s going to definitely have competition from FOX’s “Gotham”, but both shows are so different that, as long as the pilot for “Supergirl” is well done, it should have no issue with finding an audience. Melissa Benoist and CBS have finally opened their Fortress of Solitude to the public with the unveiling of the first look at their new series and we’ve also heard more from Benoist about the process of landing the coveted role of Superman’s cousin.
Speaking with Variety, Benoist said “I believe I was the first girl they saw. I think the same went for Grant [Gustin]. Ten auditions later, three screen tests later, two and a half months later… I got the call. Greg [Berlanti] championed me the whole time and was in my corner. Even when I didn’t think the part was mine, he was always rooting for me. That support goes a long way, especially when I’m fighting for something I want so badly. His belief in me really touched me.” The young actress also had this to say on why she wanted the role of Kara – “Not only because she’s a strong female and a female hero which I think is so important and will speak to so many people at this time right now in the world. I also was so drawn to her humanity, even though she is an extraterrestrial with powers. I was drawn to how flawed and complicated she is. She’s more complicated than you see in superheroes nowadays. Greg breathed that life into her from the get-go. He even said to me in one of the auditions, “She’s like the Annie Hall of superheroes” — and that sealed the deal for me. I was like, yes!”
Based on our first extended look at CBS’s “Supergirl”, the series looks like it has a more family friendly theme and will explore the themes of every day heroism, strength, and what it takes to be a hero. Melissa Benoist captures the charm, sincerity, and likability needed for a role like “Supergirl” and should have no problem presenting audiences with a hero that everyone will adore. The wholesome nature of the series does bring to mind the early days of WB/CW’s “Smallville” and “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” On a side note, keep your eyes open for the early moments in the trailer, you may just catch a glimpse of “Supergirl” cast members Dean Cain and Helen Slater; Superman from “Lois and Clark” and the original Supergirl from the 1984 movie. (0:27 second mark)
“Supergirl” begins November 2015 on CBS. Monday nights at 8 pm.
The CW will be adding a new series to their growing television universe of DC based shows. While this year fans had back to back nights of “The Flash” and “Arrow”, 2016 will bring us a brand new entry, similar to that of mid-season ABC show “Agent Carter.” The new series is entitled “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and will serve as a time-travelling series featuring “Arrow” & “Flash” alumni Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/A.T.O.M., Caity Lotz as the White Canary, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave, and Victor Garber as Prof. Stein/F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M.
The series will feature the live-action debut of DC Comics immortal baddie, Vandal Savage! Oh, and we’re getting Hawkgirl too. And Ray Palmer finally shrinks down to the size of an atom!
Here is the full synopsis of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”:
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” airs mid-season 2016 on The CW.