Supergirl is undeniably an iconic hero, both in comics and on screen. The superhero is best known for being Superman’s cousin and one of the last surviving Kryptonians. Being almost as strong as Superman makes her one of the strongest superheroes in the DC comic universe.
DC comic superheroes are some of the most iconic superheroes of all time and it is safe to say Supergirl in good company. Some of DC’s other superheroes include Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Aquaman, Black Canary, The Green Arrow, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Raven, Zatanna, John Constantine, and Vixen.
Supergirl’s powers include invulnerability, freezing breath, flight, superhuman strength, longevity, X-Ray vision, speed and extrasensory powers.
Who Is Supergirl?
Supergirl, a.k.a Kara Zor-El, is Superman’s cousin as previously mentioned. The character was first introduced in 1959. Since then the character has been rebooted several times and has had different backstories and origin stories.
However, the most prominent iteration of the character is the version that has been seen in recent live-action series whereby Kara Zor-El was put in a spaceship by her parents during the final moments before the destruction of Krypton, (Kara’s home planet). She was supposed to vacate Krypton with her infant cousin Kal-El (Superman). However, during their escape, her ship got knocked off course and she became trapped in the phantom zone, where time stands still. By the time she manages to escape the phantom zone and make it to earth, searching for her cousin – Kal-El had already grown up to become Superman, meanwhile, Kara has not aged a day – making Superman many years her senior.
After finding his cousin and realizing he is not the last Kryptonian, he takes her under his wings and teaches her how to become a superhero and she evolved to the iconic superhero she is today, Supergirl.
A different version of this story was featured on the hit prequel series Smallville and also on the CW show, Supergirl. Some of the actresses who have played the live action version of the superhero include Helen Slater, Melissa Benoist and Laura Vandervoort.
Who Plays Supergirl?
While many actresses have played the iconic superhero, the most famous version is the version played by Melissa Benoist for the 2015 series, Supergirl. Melissa is an American actress who is also known for her role in the FOX television series, Glee. She has also appeared Patriots Day, Whiplash, Billy Boy, Sun Dogs, Danny Collins, Lowriders and Longest Ride.
Prior to becoming Supergirl the actress grew up in Littleton, Colorado. Her parents – Jim and Julie Benoist – got separated when she was still young. She has two other siblings – Kristina who is an ecological scientist and Jessica, who is a novelist.
Melissa began taking dance classes when she was three and she started acting when she was four. As she grew up, she became involved with musical theatre. She also performed in local plays including Bye Bye Birdie, Evita and Cinderella.
She attended the Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, where she graduated from in 2007. She also attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts in 2011.
When Does Supergirl Return
From its debut, Supergirl the television series begins each of its new seasons in October. The first season debuted on the 26th of October, 2015, the second season debuted on the 10th of October 2016 and the third season debuted on the 9th of October, 2017.
So if Supergirl is on a break now, you can be rest assured that it will be back on your television screen shortly. The show is known to only take short breaks between episodes during the course of the season. The only time it takes a long break is after a season finale giving the cast and crew time to work on the new forthcoming season.
What Channel Does It Air On?
Though Supergirl premiered on CBS, it was moved to the CW from its second season where it officially became part of the CW’s Arrowverse – a small collection of television series based on characters from DC comics.
Other television shows on the CW include Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Jane The Virgin, iZombie, Black Lightning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Originals, Dynasty, The 100 and Riverdale.