CBS has released a new promo spot for the upcoming superhero series Supergirl, and it shows a few bits of footage that tease the character’s origin. Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who is discovering her burgeoning superhero skills while maintaining her civilian identity as an assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). And in a nod to Richard Donner’s original Superman film, we also get to see a bit of Kara’s holographic mother in the new promo.
Superheroes are all the rage on the small screen at the moment, and while Supergirl comes from the same creative team behind The CW’s mini superhero-verse (Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg executive produce), it looks like it at least hopes to bring something new to the table. Ali Adler (The New Normal) serves as showrunner, and I’m definitely curious to see how CBS audiences respond to what’s very clearly the network’s youngest-skewing series in ages.
Watch the new promo below, via CBS. The series also stars Mechad Brooks, David Harewood, and Chyler Leigh and premieres on CBS on October 26th.
Here’s the synopsis for Supergirl:
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.