Following a pilot earlier in the year, CBS has finally decided to commission a season of Supergirl. According to Variety, the network has ordered a full season as part of its schedule for 2015/2016 and is expected to officially announce the show in the next few days.
The pilot, which cost somewhere in the region of $14 million to shoot, gave away some details about what exactly we can expect from the new series. The plot will focus on the 24-year-old Kara Zor-El finally deciding to take up the mantle of Supergirl and become a hero after spending her entire life hiding her powers from those around her.
Greg Berlanti will act as executive producer after taking the same role in both Arrow and The Flash. He will be joined by several of the cast who were involved in the pilot, including Glee star Melissa Benoist in the title role. Other cast include Mechad Brooks, Chyler leigh, Calista Flockhart, Dean Cain as well as Helen Slater who played the original Supergirl.
Supergirl follows a recent explosion in the number of television series based on comic superheroes. After the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and the Dark Knight trilogy, networks have picked up a number of high-profile shows. CBS sister channel The CW has already broadcast several DC comic properties in the form of The Flash and Arrow. Fox have also produced Gotham while a variety of shows based on Marvel characters have made it to television, including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC in addition to Daredevil on Netflix.
We’ll likely see more crossovers and origin television series in the future as the critical reception and commercial success of current shows proves there is an appetite for them. You can also look forward to some other Marvel series coming in the near future, with shows based A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders all set to release in the next two years.