Supergirl casting news has been blowing up all over the interwebs this week, and today saw one the biggest announcements yet. Long time “super” fans will geek out to hear that the Superman for the better part of the 90’s, Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and the original big screen Supergirl from 1984, Helen Slater, have joined the pilot episode.
The roles for both actors are currently unspecified and apparently being kept quite secret, which most likely means they will have some sort of significance to fans who know the overall mythology. One role we can confirm Slater will NOT play is that of Kara’s mother Alura Zor-El, who has already been cast with actress Laura Benanti.
Perhaps Cain and Slater are playing Kal-El’s biological parents Lara and Jor-El? It wouldn’t be the first time for Slater, since she played that very same role on Smallville. Cain also made an appearance on that show, but as an unrelated character named Curtis Knox that was originally intended to be Vandal Savage. Surely Kal-El’s parents would have to show up on any Krypton flashbacks involving Kara’s parents, since their stories are so intertwined. And wouldn’t this be cool casting?
The last bit of casting news (whew) to be announced is the addition of Chrysler Leigh as Alex Danvers (Kara’s foster sister) and David Harewood as Cyborg Superman himself Hank Henshaw. But don’t get too excited as Henshaw’s role in the show will be as Department of Extra-Normal Operations and with the ethnicity switch of the actor, it’s unlikely he’s going to be donning the red and blue tights as an evil cyborg version of Superman.
The Warner Bros TV produced Supergirl would air this Fall on CBS if the pilot gets a series order from the network.