Supergirl (TV series)

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Supergirl
Supergirl Intertitle.png
Title card for the second season
Genre
Based on
Developed by
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes117 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Sarah Schechter
  • Ali Adler
  • Andrew Kreisberg
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Robert Rovner
  • Jessica Queller
Producers
Production locations
Cinematography
  • Michael Barrett
  • David Stockton
  • Jeffery C. Mygatt
  • Shamus Whiting-Hewett
Editors
  • Andi Armaganian
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Harry Jierjian
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 26, 2015 (2015-10-26) 
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows Arrowverse
External links
Official website
Production website

Supergirl is an American superhero television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino with Melissa Benoist in the title role. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is Superman's cousin and one of the last surviving Kryptonians. The series is the third series set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the franchise.

Contents

The series was officially picked up on May 6, 2015, after receiving a series commitment in September 2014 and received a full season order on November 30, 2015. Since the second season, the series has aired on The CW. The show has received generally positive reviews from critics, who have praised the creative direction, the performances, and the themes addressed. In January 2020, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season, which premiered on March 30, 2021 and it will serve as the series' final season.

A spin-off titled Superman & Lois premiered in February 2021.

Series overview

Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth from Krypton as a thirteen year old by her parents Zor-El and Alura. Kara was meant to protect her infant cousin, Kal-El, but her spacecraft was knocked off course and sent into the Phantom Zone, where it stayed for 24 years. By the time the spacecraft crash landed on Earth, Kal-El had grown up and become Superman. The series begins twelve years later when Kara is learning to embrace her own superhuman powers as a Kryptonian and has adopted the superheroine alias "Supergirl". [1]

In the first season, Kara is forced to reveal her powers, and becomes National City's protector. [2] In the process, she discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother imprisoned are hiding on Earth, including her aunt Astra and Astra's husband Non. Kara works with her adoptive sister Alex Danvers to fight these criminals, alongside the Green Martian J'onn J'onzz, her cousin's friend James Olsen, and tech genius Winn Schott.

In the second season, Kara and her allies deal with feuds between Earth's native populace and extraterrestrial community, and investigate the shadowy organization Project Cadmus, masterminded by Lillian Luthor, mother of Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Kara befriends Lillian's adoptive daughter, Lena Luthor, the new CEO of LuthorCorp, and struggles with romantic feelings for recent Earth arrival Mon-El, a princely survivor from Krypton's neighboring planet Daxam, whose parents wish to reclaim him. James becomes the masked vigilante Guardian; Alex begins dating Maggie Sawyer; and J'onn befriends a younger Martian, M'gann, from the White Martian race that killed his people.

In the third season, Kara struggles with the loss of Mon-El after he is forced to leave Earth. When Mon-El returns, he reveals that he has time-traveled to the 31st century and founded the Legion, as well as married Imra Ardeen. J'onn discovers his father M'yrnn J'onzz is alive and Alex deals with her heartbreak after breaking up with Maggie. Kara and Alex's new friend, Samantha Arias, discovers she is also a Kryptonian survivor, and begins a transformation from a loving single mother into the world-killing weapon known as Reign.

In the fourth season, Kara deals with a new wave of anti-extraterrestrial prejudice secretly instigated by Lex Luthor from prison, forcing her to fight for the civil and political rights of aliens. Ben Lockwood, a former college professor who suffered a series of personal tragedies at the hands of extraterrestrials, forms a human-first group called the Children of Liberty to end all aliens. Meanwhile, in the nation of Kasnia, a clone of Kara dubbed "Red Daughter" is trained by its military to fight Supergirl at Lex's request. Kara and Alex clash with the DEO's new addition, Col. Lauren Haley, who was sent to monitor the DEO's progress under Alex's direction. Col. Haley and the President try to force Supergirl to reveal her identity, and causing the feud to escalate when she refuses.

In the fifth season, CatCo. gets a new editor-in-chief in the form of Andrea Rojas. Kara and her friends find themselves facing a new threat known as Leviathan. Following a multiverse-destroying Crisis, Kara adjusts to her new life on the newly created "Earth-Prime", while being forced to work under Lex as Leviathan continues their covert operations under Gamemnae.

In the sixth season, Lex attempts to finish what the Anti-Monitor started after the latter failed in conquering the multiverse. He successfully imprisons Kara in the Phantom Zone as her friends figure out a way to bring her back out. Kara discovers her father in the Phantom Zone. After their rescue, Supergirl's group must contend with the 5th Dimension Imp Nyxlygsptlnz who also escaped the Phantom Zone.

Episodes

Overview of Supergirl seasons
SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast airedNetwork
1 20October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26)April 18, 2016 (2016-04-18) CBS 399.81 [3]
2 22October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)May 22, 2017 (2017-05-22) The CW 1293.12 [4]
3 23October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)1542.82 [5]
4 22October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19)1691.67 [6]
5 19October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)1181.58 [7]
6 20 [8] March 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)TBATBATBA

Cast and characters

Melissa Benoist stars as the series' titular character, Supergirl. SDCC 2017 - Jeremy Jordan, Melissa Benoist and David Harewood 01 (cropped2).jpg
Melissa Benoist stars as the series' titular character, Supergirl.

Production

Development

By September 2014, Warner Bros. Television was looking to create a television series centered around Supergirl. Executive producers for the series include Greg Berlanti (also a creator/producer for Arrow and The Flash ), Ali Adler, who are both writing the script, and Berlanti Productions' Sarah Schechter. DC Comics' Geoff Johns is also expected to be part of the project. Titles under consideration for the series included Super and Girl. [43] Berlanti confirmed the show shortly after, and stated it was in development and had yet to be pitched to networks. [44] Berlanti's take on the character was based on the actress Ginger Rogers, who he felt "had to do everything Fred Astaire did but backward and in heels"; this comparison "really resonated" with executive producer Sarah Schechter. [45] On September 20, it was announced that CBS had landed Supergirl with a series commitment, [1] with an expected premiere in 2015 of the 2015–16 television season. [26] In January 2015, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler revealed the show would be a procedural, saying, "There will be [crime] cases, but what [executive producers] Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti pitched was a real series arc for her. The beauty of it is now with shows like The Good Wife and Madam Secretary , you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She's a crime solver, so she's going to have to solve a crime." [46]

In January 2015, it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Melissa Benoist would star as Supergirl. [47] Benoist later revealed that auditioning for the part "was a long, drawn-out, three-month process"; [48] she was the first actress looked at for the role, [49] although Claire Holt and Gemma Atkinson were also considered. [50] [51] In March 2015, Blake Neely, composer for Arrow and The Flash, revealed he would be composing for Supergirl. [52] The show was officially picked up to series on May 6, 2015. [53] It was originally set to premiere in November 2015, [54] before being moved up to October 26, 2015. [55] The pilot episode was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 on July 8 and 11, 2015. [56] In July 2015, Adler spoke on how much influence Superman would have on the show, saying, "Our prototype is the way the president is seen on Veep . It's certainly [inspired by] so much of what Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character goes through. Ultimately, this is a show about Supergirl and we really want to see it through her lens." [57] On November 30, 2015, CBS ordered an additional seven episodes of Supergirl, for a full season of 20 episodes. [58]

On May 12, 2016, Warner Bros. Television announced that the series had been renewed for a second season of 22 episodes and would move to The CW. [59] [60] The season debuted in October 2016. [61] With the move of the production to Vancouver, it was unclear if Calista Flockhart would remain with the series, as her original contract stipulated that she work near her home in Los Angeles. The CW president Mark Pedowitz said Flockhart wanted to remain with the series and that "We're in ongoing discussions... we're happy to have her in [in whatever capacity] works out." [62] Flockhart ultimately reached a deal to be recurring in the second season, with the production flying her to Vancouver every few weeks to film material. [63]

On January 8, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a third season, [64] which debuted on October 9, 2017. [65] The third season saw Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner become the series' executive producers and co-showrunners along with Kreisberg until his firing, following Adler's departure; Adler will remain an executive consultant for the series. Both Queller and Rovner joined Supergirl midway through the first season as co-executive producer and consulting producer, respectively, with Rovner promoted to executive producer ahead of the second season. [66]

On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on October 14, 2018. [67] [68] On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season. [69] The fifth season premiered on October 6, 2019. [70] On January 7, 2020, the CW renewed the series for a sixth season, which premiered on March 30, 2021. [71] [72] On September 22, 2020, it was announced that the series would conclude after its upcoming twenty-episode sixth season. [73]

Design

Supergirl's design was intended to be a modern take on the classic look of the character. BenoistSupergirl.jpg
Supergirl's design was intended to be a modern take on the classic look of the character.

The costume for Supergirl was created by Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for Arrow and The Flash. [46] Benoist stated that she is aware of the costume worn by Kara in more modern depictions of the comics, and expressed that the "micro-mini hemline" of the skirt in the version created by Michael Turner could be "a little daunting ... but that's good. I like being pushed." [12] Promotional photos of Benoist wearing Atwood's design were released on March 6, 2015. Atwood indicated that she wanted to "embrace the past ... but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today." [74] [75] Atwood later revealed details about the costume such as the cape being fastened to an undersuit so as not to pull the costume and that the fabric used was Eurojersey. [76] The reveal of the Martian Manhunter costume in "Human For a Day" was created through visual effects, though a physical version was created to appear in later episodes, with it proving to be one of the most challenging costumes for the costume team. [24]

Reception of the Supergirl costume upon its reveal was mixed. Entertainment Weekly 's Natalie Abrams commented that the new look of the costume looks and feels different in a good way. The new costume avoids exposing the character's midriff, as it does in the Michael Turner version of the costume from the comics, as well as having Benoist wear stockings underneath the skirt with over-the-knee boots. Abrams compared the texture of the costume to that worn by Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel , as well as the positioning of the cape on the suit, and the decision to do away with the bright blue and red color scheme. [77] Andrew Dyce, from Screen Rant, found the new costume to perfectly balance itself between classic nostalgia and modernism. [78] The Washington Post noted that Atwood's design was successful, praising her ability to take "cartoon-y tints" and moving them to darker tones. [79]

E! Online was less impressed with the design, negatively comparing it to a "cheap Halloween costume", with washed out colors, and not buying into the "gritty, 'street style'" look Atwood was intending. [80] TV Guide questioned Atwood's design, and noted that although the promotional image has Benoist trying to appear as a powerful hero, the thigh-high boots and pleated skirt comes across as a "model advertising a moderately-priced Halloween costume". [81]

The suit was redesigned in season five to include pants rather than the traditional skirt. [82]

Filming

In February 2015, it was announced that Andrew Kreisberg, co-creator of Arrow and The Flash, had joined the series as a writer and executive producer; [15] and Arrow / The Flash and Smallville alum Glen Winter was announced to be directing the pilot. [83] Principal photography for the pilot took place from March 4 [84] to March 29, 2015. [85] Filming locations included the Warner Bros. lot, where Lois and Clark was shot. [86] Each episode cost approximately $3 million to broadcast, which is one of the highest license fees ever for a first year show. [87]

The second season was filmed in Vancouver, rather than Los Angeles where the first season was shot. This was done to reduce the high production costs of the series, one of the issues that made CBS wary to renew the series on their network. [59] Filming for the third season began in Vancouver on July 6, 2017, and ended on April 28, 2018. [88] On March 12, 2020, Warner Bros. Television shut down production on the series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [89] Season six was scheduled to begin filming on September 28, 2020 and conclude on April 5, 2021, [90] but has been temporarily postponed because of delays in receiving COVID-19 test results for the cast and crew. [91] [92]

Broadcast

In Canada, Supergirl aired in a sim-subbed simulcast on Global with the American broadcast in the first season; [93] the second season saw it move to Showcase in the same arrangement. [94]

The series premiered on October 29, 2015, in the United Kingdom on Sky One. [95] The series premiered in Australia on December 6, 2015, on FOX8. [96]

Reception

Critical response

Critical response of Supergirl
Season Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 92% (72 reviews) [97] 75% (38 reviews) [98]
2 92% (20 reviews) [99] 81% (4 reviews) [100]
3 78% (15 reviews) [101] N/A
4 87% (7 reviews) [102] N/A
5 92% (8 reviews) [103] N/A

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 92% approval rating from critics with an average rating of 7.53/10, based on 72 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Melissa Benoist shines as Superman's plucky little cousin in Supergirl, a family-friendly comic-book adaptation that ditches cynicism for heart." [97] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, reported "generally favorable reviews" with an assigned score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 38 critics. [98] Cliff Wheatley of IGN gave the pilot episode a 7/10, praising Melissa Benoist's performance as Kara and the fun take on the Superman mythos. [104]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the second season a 92% approval rating from critics with an average rating of 7.88/10, based on 20 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "The arrival of the more famous cousin in Supergirl does nothing to detract from the show's lead, who continues to deliver strength, action, and relatability." [99] Metacritic reported "universal acclaim" with an assigned score of 81 out of 100, based on reviews from 4 critics. [100]

The third season holds an 78% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The critical consensus states: "Heavier themes lead to higher stakes, but Supergirl gives its eponymous heroine and her fellow supers plenty of room for growth, creating a well-balanced, engaging third season." [101]

The fourth season reports an 87% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.27/10 based on 7 reviews. The website's critic consensus reads: "Though it's a little tonally inconsistent, Supergirl's fourth season still soars thanks to strong, relevant writing brought to life by its charming cast." [102]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Supergirl
SeasonTimeslot (ET)NetworkEpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
DateViewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
1 Monday 8:00 pm CBS 20October 26, 2015 (2015-10-26)12.96 [105] April 18, 2016 (2016-04-18)6.11 [106] 2015–16 399.81272.4 [3]
2 The CW 22October 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)3.06 [107] May 22, 2017 (2017-05-22)2.12 [108] 2016–17 1293.121151.0 [4]
3 23October 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)1.87 [109] June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)1.78 [110] 2017–18 1542.821200.9 [5]
4 Sunday 8:00 pm22October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)1.52 [111] May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19)1.07 [112] 2018–19 1691.671470.5 [6]
5 Sunday 9:00 pm19October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)1.26 [113] May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)0.65 [114] 2019–20 1181.581130.5 [7]
6 Tuesday 9:00 pm [115] 20 [73] March 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)0.73 [116] TBATBD 2020–21 TBDTBDTBDTBD

    Accolades

    Awards and nominations received by Supergirl
    YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
    2015
    Critics' Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series SupergirlWon [117]
    2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama SupergirlWon [118]
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Melissa Benoist Nominated [119]
    Best Guest Starring Role on Television Laura Benanti Nominated
    Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series SupergirlNominated
    Best Supporting Actress on Television Calista Flockhart Nominated
    Breakthrough Performance Melissa BenoistWon
    Teen Choice Awards Breakout Series SupergirlNominated [120]
    2017 GLAAD Awards Outstanding Drama SeriesSupergirlNominated [121]
    Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show – Family ShowSupergirlNominated [122]
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on a Television SeriesMelissa BenoistWon [123]
    Best Guest Performance on a Television Series Tyler Hoechlin Nominated
    Best Superhero Adaptation Television SeriesSupergirlWon
    Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Mehcad Brooks Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Chris Wood Nominated [124]
    Choice Action TV ActressMelissa BenoistWon
    Choice Action TV ShowSupergirlNominated
    Choice LiplockMelissa Benoist and Chris WoodNominated
    Choice TV ShipMelissa Benoist and Chris WoodNominated
    Choice TV VillainTeri HatcherNominated
    2018 People's Choice Awards The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018SupergirlNominated [125]
    Saturn Awards Best Actress on a Television SeriesMelissa BenoistNominated [126]
    Best Superhero Adaptation Television SeriesSupergirlNominated
    Best Supporting Actress on Television Odette Annable Nominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV ActorChris WoodNominated [127]
    Choice Action TV ActressMelissa BenoistWon
    Choice Action TV ShowSupergirlNominated
    Choice Scene Stealer Katie McGrath Nominated
    Choice TV VillainOdette AnnableNominated
    2019 GLAAD Awards Outstanding Drama SeriesSupergirlNominated [128]
    Saturn Awards Best Superhero Television Series SupergirlWon [129]
    Best Actress on Television Melissa BenoistNominated
    Best Supporting Actor on Television David HarewoodNominated
    Best Guest Starring Role on Television Jon CryerNominated
    Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV ActressMelissa BenoistNominated [130]
    Choice Action TV ShowSupergirlNominated
    Choice TV VillainJon CryerNominated
    2020 GLAAD Awards Outstanding Drama SeriesSupergirlNominated [131]
    People's Choice Awards The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2020SupergirlNominated [132]
    2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Superhero SeriesJon CryerNominated [133]
    Best Actress in a Superhero SeriesMelissa BenoistNominated
    GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama SeriesSupergirlNominated [134]

    Critics' top ten lists

    2015 critics' top ten lists [135]

    2016 critics' top ten lists [136]

    • No. 5 Cinema Blend

    Arrowverse

    In November 2014, Berlanti expressed interest in Supergirl existing in the Arrowverse, the same universe as his other series Arrow and The Flash , [137] [138] and in January 2015, The CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed that he was also open to a crossover between the series and networks (due to Berlanti executive producing all three and The CW being co-owned by CBS). However, CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler stated that month that "those two shows are on a different network. So I think we'll keep Supergirl to ourselves for a while." [139] In August 2015, Tassler revealed that while there were no plans at the time to do crossover storylines, the three series would have crossover promotions. [140]

    Pedowitz regretted passing on the series when presented it in mid-2014, saying, "We hadn't launched The Flash yet, we weren't ready to take on another DC property. In hindsight we probably should've gone that direction...Sometimes you lose great shows." [141] In January 2016, during the Television Critics Association press tour, he said that The CW was still interested in a crossover with Supergirl if the producers could find a way to do it, [142] and Berlanti added that while no official conversations had taken place, internal ones had concerning how a crossover would work. He also noted that for a crossover to happen during Supergirl's first season, it would have to be figured out "in the next month or so". [143] Glenn Geller, Tassler's successor at CBS, then stated on the matter, "I have to be really careful what I say here. Watch and wait and see what happens." [144]

    On February 3, 2016, it was announced that Grant Gustin, who appears as Barry Allen / Flash on The Flash, would appear in the eighteenth episode of the first season, "Worlds Finest". [145] While no plot details on the episodes were released at the time, Ross A. Lincoln of Deadline Hollywood noted that "the in-universe reason" for the crossover was due to Barry's ability to travel to various dimensions, thus implying that Supergirl exists on an alternate Earth to Arrow and The Flash in a multiverse. [146] The Flash episode "Welcome to Earth-2" confirmed this, showing an image of Benoist as Supergirl during a sequence where characters travel through that multiverse. [147] The earth that the series inhabits is Earth-38 in the Arrowverse multiverse, [148] and has been informally referred to as "Earth-CBS" by Marc Guggenheim, one of the creators of Arrow. [149]

    During the second season, Supergirl appears in "Invasion!", a crossover episode of The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow , [149] [150] when she's recruited by Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon at the end of "Medusa" to help fight off an invasion by the Dominators. [151] Supergirl and The Flash also featured in a musical crossover, featuring several covers of existing songs along with two original numbers. [29] Similar to "Invasion!", the crossover begins at the end of the Supergirl episode "Star-Crossed" and primarily takes place during The Flash episode "Duet", featuring the Music Meister as the antagonist who puts both The Flash and Supergirl in a shared hallucination. [152] After "Invasion!", Guggenheim felt "If there's an appetite for it from the fans and from the network," the crossover next year could be "a proper four-part crossover." [153]

    At the 2017 Paleyfest event, Kreisberg reiterated the creative team's intention to do a full four-way crossover the following year. [154] At San Diego Comic Con 2017, it was confirmed that another four-way crossover would take place, with Supergirl playing a larger role than the previous season. The four-way crossover event, titled "Crisis on Earth-X", took place on November 27 and 28, 2017, across Supergirl and Arrow (on the first night) and The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow (on the second night). [155] [156]

    In May 2018, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfronts that the next Arrowverse crossover would feature Batwoman and Gotham City. The crossover, titled "Elseworlds", aired in December 2018, ahead of a potential 2019 solo series for the character. [157] [158] Supergirl was confirmed to have a participating episode in August, which closed out the three-part crossover, trading nights with The Flash just for the event. Therefore, the show's participating episode aired on Tuesday, December 11. [159] The end of "Elseworlds" teased the next crossover event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths". [160] Supergirl's episode opened the five-part crossover on December 8, 2019, with the final two installments airing on January 14, 2020. [161] At the end of the event, the new Earth-Prime was formed, which saw Earth-38 merged with the former Earth-1 and Black Lightning 's earth, creating a fictional universe where all of the CW series exist together. [162]

    Spin-off

    In October 2019, The CW and Warner Bros. Television announced development on a spin-off series titled Superman & Lois, with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch reprising their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. [163] In January 2020, Superman & Lois was ordered to series. [164] The series premiered on February 23, 2021. [165] [166]

    Other media

    Comic books

    In July 2015, a four-page preview comic entitled Sister Act, written by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg was released digitally online, and then a day later in the September 2015 issue of TV Guide. [167]

    Beginning in January 2016, DC Comics launched a 13-issue, bi-weekly digital comic, Adventures of Supergirl. Written by Sterling Gates and drawn by a rotating team of artist including Bengal, Jonboy Meyers, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Emma Vieceli, the comic, while not directly tying into the show, tells stories set in the universe of the show. [168] The digital series was collected in print as a six-issue series published twice a month from May to July 2016, [169] and as a complete graphic novel in September of that year. [170]

    Novels

    In November 2017, Abrams Books began publishing a new trilogy of Supergirl novels, written by Jo Whittemore, aimed at middle-grade readers in tandem with a similar trilogy of The Flash novels. [171] The first, Supergirl: Age of Atlantis, was released on November 7, 2017, and features Supergirl dealing with a surge of new powered people in National City, as well as a mysterious humanoid sea creature captured by the DEO who is seemingly attracted by the new superpowered people. [172] A sequel, Supergirl: Curse of the Ancients, was released on May 1, 2018, [173] with a third novel, titled Supergirl: Master of Illusion, released on January 8, 2019. [174]

    Guidebook

    A guidebook for the series, published by Abrams, was released on March 12, 2019. Supergirl: The Secret Files of Kara Danvers: The Ultimate Guide to the Hit TV Show features "detailed profiles on characters and super powers, a heroes and villains gallery, episode guide, and more" from the first three seasons of the series. [175]

    Video games

    The video game Lego DC Super-Villains features DLC inspired by Supergirl in the "DC Super Heroes: TV Series DLC Character Pack". The DLC pack includes Supergirl as a playable character. [176]

    Home media

    Home media releases for Supergirl
    Complete
    season
    DVD release datesBlu-ray release datesAdditional features
    Region 1Region 2Region 4Region ARegion B
    1August 9, 2016 [177] July 25, 2016 [178] July 27, 2016 [179] August 9, 2016 [177] July 25, 2016 [178]
    • 2015 Comic-Con panel [180]
    • Deleted scenes
    • Gag reel
    • Featurettes
      • The Man From Mars
      • Krypton: A World Left Behind
    2August 22, 2017 [181] August 21, 2017 [182] August 23, 2017 [183] August 22, 2017 [181] August 21, 2017 [182]
    • 2016 Comic-Con panel [184]
    • A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith
    • Supergirl Lives Audio Commentary featuring Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith
    • Did You Know facts for fans
    • Featurettes
      • Supergirl: Alien Fight Night
      • Aliens Among Us
    3September 18, 2018 [185] September 17, 2018 [186] September 19, 2018 [187] September 18, 2018 [185] September 17, 2018 [186]
    • All four episodes of the Crisis on Earth-X crossover
    • 2017 Comic-Con panel [188]
    • Deleted scenes
    • Gag reel
    • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
    • Featurettes
      • She Will Reign!
    4September 17, 2019 [189] September 23, 2019 [190] September 23, 2019 [191] September 23, 2019 [192]
    • All three episodes of the Elseworlds crossover (Blu-ray)
    • The Best of DC TV's Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018
    • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds
    • Gag reel
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes
      • Villains: Modes of Persuasion
    5September 8, 2020 [193] September 8, 2020 [194]
    • Deleted scenes

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    The Arrowverse is an American media franchise and a shared universe that is centered on various interconnected television series based on DC Comics superhero characters, primarily airing on The CW as well as web series on CW Seed. The series were developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, Ali Adler, Phil Klemmer, Salim Akil, Caroline Dries and Todd Helbing. Set in a shared fictional multiverse much like the DC Universe and DC Multiverse in comic books, it was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast and characters that span seven live-action television series and two animated series.

    <i>Legends of Tomorrow</i> American superhero television series

    DC's Legends of Tomorrow, or simply Legends of Tomorrow, is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer, who are also executive producers along with Sarah Schechter and Chris Fedak; Klemmer and Fedak originally served as showrunners, while Keto Shimizu became co-showrunner with Klemmer starting in season 3. The series, based on the characters of DC Comics, airs on The CW and is a spin-off featuring characters introduced in Arrow and The Flash along with new characters, set in the Arrowverse, the same fictional universe. It is the fourth series in the Arrowverse, after Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. The series premiered in January 2016. In January 2020, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season, which premiered on May 2, 2021. In February 2021, The CW renewed the series for a seventh season which is set to premiere on October 13, 2021.

    Pilot (<i>Supergirl</i>) 1st episode of the first season of Supergirl

    The pilot episode of the television series Supergirl premiered on CBS on October 26, 2015. It was written by series developers/creators Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Glen Winter.

    Invasion! (Arrowverse) Comic book crossover event

    "Invasion!" is the third annual Arrowverse crossover event, with episodes of the television series The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, and is inspired by the 1989 comic miniseries Invasion!. Events at the end of the Supergirl episode "Medusa" on November 28, 2016, marked the beginning of the crossover, which began on November 29 with The Flash, continued on Arrow on November 30, and concluded on Legends of Tomorrow on December 1. Each of the main three episodes were titled "Invasion!". In the crossover, Barry Allen recruits Kara Danvers / Supergirl from Earth-38 to Earth-1 to help his team, Oliver Queen and his team, and the Legends to defeat the alien race known as the Dominators.

    Duet (<i>The Flash</i>) 17th episode of the third season of The Flash

    "Duet" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of The CW television series The Flash, which aired on March 21, 2017. The episode was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and was directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. The episode features a musical crossover with Supergirl and reunites Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist with their former Glee co-star Darren Criss, who portrays the Music Meister. Jesse L. Martin also reunites with Jeremy Jordan, with whom he previously worked in the 2012 musical film Joyful Noise. The story begins at the end of the Supergirl episode "Star-Crossed", which aired on March 20, 2017, which saw Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Benoist) hypnotized into a coma by Music Meister, with Mon-El and J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter bringing her to Earth-1 in hope that Team Flash can save her.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 1) Season of television series

    The first season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl / Kara Zor-El, a costumed superheroine who is the cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 2) Season of television series

    The second season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl / Kara Zor-El, a costumed superheroine who is the cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.

    Alex Danvers Fictional character

    Alexandra Danvers Ph.D. M.D., also known as Sentinel, is a fictional character from the Arrowverse television series Supergirl, portrayed by actress Chyler Leigh. Created by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, the character was introduced in the pilot episode as the elder adoptive sister of protagonist Kara Danvers / Supergirl. Alex is a bioengineer, physician, scientist and a field agent of the DEO, a secret government agency that works to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial threats. She later becomes the director of the organization at the end of season three, after having been J'onn's second-in-command for years, and remains so through season five. Alex is also featured in the show's digital tie-in comic book series, Adventures of Supergirl, as well as the 2017 four-part Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X", with Leigh reprising her role across The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.

    Elseworlds (Arrowverse) Arrowverse crossover event

    "Elseworlds" is the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event that features episodes of the live-action television series The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl on The CW. The crossover event began on December 9, 2018, with The Flash, continued on Arrow on December 10, and concluded on Supergirl on December 11. "Elseworlds" introduces the characters Batwoman and Lois Lane, and the fictional Gotham City, to the universe. In the crossover, Green Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl are drawn to Gotham City to confront Dr. John Deegan over his work at Arkham Asylum.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 4) Season of television series

    The fourth season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, premiered on The CW on October 14, 2018. The season follows Kara, a reporter and superpowered alien who fights against those who threaten Earth, and the fallout of her use of mysticism and time traveling. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment, with Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller serving as showrunners.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 3) Season of television series

    The third season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl / Kara Zor-El, focuses on a costumed superhero who is the cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.

    Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrowverse) Arrowverse crossover event

    "Crisis on Infinite Earths" is the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover event and features episodes of the television series Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW. The Supergirl, Batwoman, and The Flash episodes aired in December 2019 while the Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow episodes aired in January 2020. The events of the Black Lightning episode "The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis" and a two-issue comic book with characters and concepts unused in the live-action episodes also tied into the event.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 5) Season of television series

    The fifth season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El / Supergirl, premiered on The CW on October 6, 2019, and consisted of 19 episodes. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment.

    <i>Supergirl</i> (season 6) Season of television series

    The sixth and final season of the American television series Supergirl, which is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El / Supergirl which premiered on The CW on March 30, 2021 and will consist of 20 episodes. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment, with Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner serving as showrunners.

    Kara Danvers (Arrowverse) Fictional character in the Arrowverse franchise

    Kara Danvers, also known as Kara Zor-El on her homeworld, is a fictional character in the Arrowverse franchise, mainly the television series Supergirl. Created by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, the character was introduced in the pilot episode as the adopted younger sister of main character Alex Danvers. Kara Danvers is portrayed by Melissa Benoist as an adult, and Malina Weissman and Izabela Vidovicas a child. After her planet, Krypton, was destroyed, Kara and her Cousin Superman came to Earth. There, she became the adopted sister of Alex Danvers, and, later, after deciding to use her powers, equal to Superman's, to help others under the persona of Supergirl, she discovers that her sister is part of a massive underground organization called the D.E.O.

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