Calista Flockhart, best known for Ally McBeal, is returning to television. Flockhart is the latest addition to the cast of CBS’ upcoming series ‘Supergirl,’ and will be playing Catherine “Cat” Grant.
Unlike her character in the comics, this Grant is described as:
“The founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
Grant’s first appeared in “The Adventures of Superman” #424 back in 1987 as a gossip columnists for The Daily Planet. Cat Grant has appeared on television. Actress Tracy Scoggins played her on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-94) and Keri Lynn Pratt played Grant on Smallville (2010-2011).
The Hollywood Reporter shares details on the pilot:
“Kara feels disempowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. But an unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city, and they soon take notice. She’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.”
Flockhart joins Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Lauren Benanti as Kara/Alura Zor-El.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, the project, from Warner Bros. TV, studio-based Berlanti Prods. and writers/executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Ali Adler (Glee, The New Normal), centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Since arriving on Earth, the Krypton-born Kara has 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.
‘Supergirl’ is expected to premiere later this fall.