Some exciting news was just made public in reference to CBS’s upcoming Supergirl series. While in conversation with the Television Critics Association, the show’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced that three additional DC universe characters would be joining the Girl of Steel on screen. Somewhere within the first nine episodes we will see General Lane, Non and the Red Tornado make appearances on screen.
This will be the first time that we will see the Red Tornado character portrayed in live action, but we’ve seen the characters of both Sam Lane and Non in the flesh and blood previously. In the early ‘90’s we saw the Sam Lane character depicted as a doctor not an army general and portrayed on screen by Harve Presnell in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman series. In later years, we did see the character portrayed as an army general by Michael Ironside in Smallville. The Kryptonian criminal, Non, was first seen on the big screen in Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and then featured in Donner’s follow up sequel, Superman II. The producers added that they are taking a “slightly different approach to the character.
Fellow producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) expressed that Donner’s Superman films were a large source of inspiration for the project and even went on to confess that his early years were spent “worshipping” the Christopher Reeve films and that he had hoped that this new series “would capture the same magic, joy, wonder and fun, though the iconic superhero is not currently slated to appear on screen.”
Executive producer and DC Comics exec Geoff Johns went explained that “he will be a factor in her life but you won’t see him exactly on screen; he’ll be in the background but he does play a part in her evolution.” Co-showrunner Ali Adler went to add, “As much as we respect the history of Superman, it’s very much [Kara/Supergirl’s] point of view.”
Like The Flash’s Grant Gustin and Arrow’s Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist was the first actress to audition for the role. The producers were so impressed with her audition that even Warner Bros. President and CCO, Peter Roth, commented that Benoist’s portrayal of the character was “like seeing Christopher Reeve as Superman.”
Having seen as much of the footage as I have and as many times as I have, I think it’s safe to say that Berlanti is indeed hitting as close to the “Reeve” target with this character as he had hoped he would.
Supergirl debuts Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. before moving to its regular time slot Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Check out the new trailer, below.