Kara Zor-El, Superman’s older cousin, was jettisoned as a child by her own father from the doomed planet of Krypton at the same time as her more famous kin – sent to protect her baby cousin from the uncertainty of a new world. However, her stasis pod was knocked off-course, and by the time she arrived her cousin had already grown up to become Superman. Faced with a brave new world, Kara decided to follow in the footsteps of her family, and become the hero known as Supergirl.
The character has been portrayed in live-action three times previously, starting with Helen Slater’s much-maligned 1984 film Supergirl. She was also an ancillary character from the seventh season of Smallville onwards, portrayed by Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort. Finally, in 2015 Melissa Benoist debuted as the character in the enormously-popular CW television series Supergirl. Sources close to the production have been quick to stress that Benoist would not be reprising her role from the show, which is about to enter its fourth season, for any potential movie; with any Supergirl film expected to be set in the same universe as Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel (Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin portrays Superman in the CW television show).
The film joins a host of female-fronted properties Warner Bros. is developing after their success with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, including a Batgirl movie, a Harley Quinn film, and an all-female super-team flick based on the Birds of Prey.
The DCEU’s next release will be the Jason Momoa-fronted Aquaman, due out on the 21st of December.
Source: Heat Vision