Last week we received the surprise announcement that The Flash producer Greg Berlanti has teamed with his frequent collaborator Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns for a Supergirl television series. They’re currently pitching the show to various studios, and describe it as “a new interpretation of the character and her story.”
This won’t be the first time that Kara Zor-El – Superman’s young and sometimes reckless cousin – has made the transition from page to screen. Helen Slater played Supergirl in the eponymous and infamous 1984 film, while Laura Vandervoort portrayed Kara for three seasons on Smallville.
With no plot or character details given, and no clue about where Supergirl will fit within the expanding DC cinematic universes (which include Man of Steel and the 10 upcoming DC films, the Arrow and Flash TV universe on the CW, Gotham on FOX, and Constantine on NBC), it’s hard to predict exactly what this show will end up being… assuming it gets made at all. We’ve seen several DC TV shows fail over the years (both Aquaman and Wonder Woman never made it past their pilot episodes), so there’s no guarantee that Supergirl will see the light of day, even with the DC TV renaissance we’re currently experiencing.
Still, that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating, theorizing, and daydreaming about what may be. I myself immediately began thinking about how the show could tie into the events of Man of Steel, or what it may look like if it’s solely a standalone affair. I also began thinking about who could play the Kryptonian superheroine on the small screen, and have devised a list of 5 actresses that I think could fit the role well.
There are plenty of actresses in Hollywood that could handle the part, so I tried narrowing my scope a bit and thinking about those most likely to take on a role like this, based on their previous work and whether or not their primary career goals have focused on television shows at all.
So, without further ado…
5. Amber Heard
Amber Heard’s star has been on the rise for several years now, and though she’s currently starring in more films than television shows, she’s shown that she’s not opposed to moving from the silver screen to the small screen. Her filmography includes movies like Zombieland, Drive Angry, The Rum Diary, The Informers, and 3 Days to Kill; which are all not-so-stellar films that Heard stood out in. Her TV credits include the CW’s Hidden Palms and the ill-fated NBC series The Playboy Club.
Heard is beautiful, she has acting chops, and she’s shown that she can not only look the part, but portray Kara Zor-El’s unpredictable side.
4. Dianna Agron
We’ve seen several actors on teen primetime dramas sign on to play DC roles, including The Flash himself, Grant Gustin (Glee, 90210), Arrow‘s Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Arrows Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Supernatural) and Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) – who will play Firestorm on The Flash, so the idea of Dianna Agron going from Glee to Supergirl isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Agron certainly looks the part, has demonstrated that she can actually act, and could pull off a variety of Kara’s attributes as needed. She could be the rebellious teenager or the conflicted young adult; or even a mixture of the two, depending on what the show requires.
3. Caity Lotz
Caity Lotz has kicked ass on Arrow as “The Canary,” but my guess is she won’t survive the third season. They teased in the season two finale that she would one day pass the torch to her sister Laurel (Katie Cassidy), who is the actual alter-ego of Black Canary in the comics.
Lotz has a working relationship with Supergirl executive producer Greg Berlanti, and has shown that she can hold her own against DC villains like Deathstroke and the League of Assassins. Plus, with Supergirl not expected to air on the CW, there should be no conflict of interest or confusion if she were to jump from one roll to the other.
2. Alexandra Daddario
Warner Bros. may have an affinity for picking actors and actresses from CW series or other primetime shows like Glee and 90210 to fill their DC roles, but with no guarantee that Supergirl will end up on primetime television, there’s always the chance that the studio look elsewhere. Namely, at more adult-oriented and higher quality cable television.
Enter Alexandra Daddario, the jaw-dropping actress from HBO’s True Detective.
Her resume includes a big mix of primetime and cable television, showing that she’s willing and talented enough to jump from one to the other. After True Detective her star is on the rise, however, so WB would have to act quickly to get her to land the coveted Supergirl role. However, if they succeeded, I would have no doubt about her ability to handle the role and give it a memorable stamp all her own.
1. Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer is another actress on the brink of superstardom, with film roles like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, Rush, and Captain America: The First Avenger. She’s also got a substantial amount of TV work under her belt, in shows like Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Elementary, and Silk.
Dormer is likely too busy for the role of Supergirl, but she’s shown that she’s willing to try her hand at the genre, is a fantastic actress, and will undoubtedly prove in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay that she’s a formidable badass as well.
What do you think of this list? Do you have any actresses in mind for Supergirl? Let me know in the comments!