Supergirl Cast Lead Role for CBS Network Pilot

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CBS has cast the lead role for its upcoming Supergirl pilot.

Melissa Benoist, who appeared on several seasons of Glee, will star as Kara Zor-El, a cousin of Superman.

From Deadline:

Based on the characters from DC Comics, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods., centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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Supergirl follows a recent push for more film and TV shows starring female superheroes. This will be the first comic book series for the CBS network and will join several other female-lead dramas like Madame Secretary and The Good Wife. 

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