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Just as Stephen Amell (for the title role of Arrow (2012)) and Grant Gustin (for The Flash (2014)), Melissa Benoist was the very first of a thousand actors to audition for the role of Supergirl.
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The Supergirl costume was designed by Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014). She had previously designed the Superman outfits that would be used in the failed film "Superman Lives" which would star Nicolas Cage in the title role.
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Reunites Helen Slater, who played the title character in Supergirl (1984), and Dean Cain, who portrayed Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Both also have previously appeared in Smallville (2001), where Laura Vandervoort portrayed Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. Additionally, Teri Hatcher, who portrayed Mon-El's mother Queen Rhea, played Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and later Ella Lane in Smallville (2001). Lastly, Kevin Sorbo, who portrayed Mon-El's father Lar Gand, was set to star with Teri Hatcher in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993), but ended up losing the role to Dean Cain.
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Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman) went to prom with Katie Cassidy who portrays DC Comics character Dinah "Laurel" Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren in Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014).
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The sound effect used in Supergirl for her X-ray vision is the same one used in Smallville (2001).
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In Supergirl: Myriad (2016), Cat Grant says to tell "Harrison Ford she is flattered but she does not date older men, especially when they're married." Calista Flockhart, who plays Cat Grant, is 22 years younger than her husband Harrison Ford.
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In addition to acting, Melissa Benoist, Chris Wood, Jeremy Jordan, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Laura Benanti all can sing. According to Melissa Benoist, the idea of a musical episode became "a kind of a running joke" among the cast due to this. A crossover musical event was announced in 2016 between this show and The Flash (2014), starred by Grant Gustin who is also a singer. Melissa and Grant have both appeared on Glee.
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In late 2014, various reports suggested that this project, planned for CBS, could tie into the shared universe of two other hit superhero shows, Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014), which air on The CW but are also co-owned by CBS. This was later confirmed, when it was announced in February 2016 that Grant Gustin from The Flash would be appearing in a crossover episode as his character. Later still, in 2016, reports were made of the show moving "properly" to CW for season 2, with further crossovers to be expected.
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Kara keeps her name and assumes the surname Danvers after she is adopted. In the comics, however, Kara assumed the full name of "Linda Lee Danvers" after she was adopted.
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In an early episode, it is mentioned that Metropolis was destroyed during one of Superman's fights as a nod to Man of Steel (2013). A comic book prequel for that film revealed that Kara Zor-El does exist in that universe.
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Blake Jenner, who played Adam Foster, was married to Melissa Benoist when he guest-starred. Benoist has filed for divorce in December 2016.
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The series makes occasional indirect references to Batman, including the mentioning of Gotham City, and Kara, James and Winn talking about a scary masked vigilante "with a lot of gadgets and a lot of issues" that works with Superman.
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In the comic books, Mon-El has the same powers as the modern era Supergirl and other Kryptonians, however here his abilities are considerably reduced and resemble the original power level of Superman when the latter was created in 1938. This includes comparatively weaker super strength, an inability to fly, and no super senses.
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Tyler Hoechlin was cast without auditioning for the role of Clark Kent/Superman.
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Helen Slater (who starred as Kara Zor-El in Supergirl (1984)) also portrayed Kal-El's birth mother Lara in Smallville (2001). She now appears as Kara's adoptive mother Eliza Danvers.
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The project went through a long and intensive casting process in order to find an actress to play the title character. In January 2015, it was announced that Melissa Benoist had been cast as the lead. Benoist had long been considered a favorite for the role. Other actresses who were considered include Claire Holt, Gemma Atkinson and Elizabeth Lail.
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Several episodes make allusions and references to another DC comics property, "The Legion of Superheroes". These includes the appearance of a Legion flight ring in the Fortress of Solitude, the mentioning of various alien races and planets that figure prominently in the Legion storylines, the introduction of Mon-El, and the name-dropping of that character's alternate identities, "Lar Gand" and "Valor (Val-Or)". The Legion are a teenage superhero team founded in the 31st century that was inspired by the exploits of Superboy. Through various types of time travel, Supergirl, Superman, and Mon-El all became members of the Legion.
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Laura Benanti, who's portraying Alura Zor-El in the series, is 9 years older than her TV daughter Melissa Benoist, and Erica Durance, who replaced Benanti, is 10 years older than Benoist.
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Katie McGrath jokingly suggested Bruce Willis for the role of Lex Luthor.
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Ironically, DC Comics canceled the Supergirl comic book title close to this series' premiere in 2015. The title later returned as part of the "DC: Rebirth" event (as "Supergirl: Rebirth"), incorporating many elements from this series such as the costume, Supergirl working with the D.E.O., the civilian identity of Kara Danvers, original characters Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers and National City.
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Melissa Benoist is the second Glee (2009) cast member to star as a DC comics superhero. Grant Gustin portrays the title character in The Flash (2014).
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David Harewood publicly expressed dissatisfaction in playing Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman. He felt the writers gave the character no depth.
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Melissa Benoist read the New 52 "Supergirl" comic in preparation for her role, and reportedly some of them were used in her audition. She was then told by the producers that the TV series would go in a different direction.
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Chyler Leigh is eight years older (34 years old) than her character (26) in this series. In contrast, 28-year-old Tyler Hoechlin portrays the 36-year-old Superman.
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Brenda Strong portrays Lillian Luthor; Strong is best known for playing Sue Ellen Mischke on Seinfeld (1989). On that series Jerry refers to Sue Ellen as Elaine's "Lex Luthor", referring to them being arch enemies. Lillian is Lex Luthor's mother on "Supergirl".
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Kara and Siobhan Smythe/Silver Banshee become enemies from the moment they meet in this series, while in the "New 52" continuity, they become best friends and later roommates. Siobhan turns out to be the only being on Earth able to understand Kara's Kryptonian speaking due to her Silver Banshee nature, and the first to recognize her as a hero.
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Melissa Benoist had an eye injury and wore an eye-patch when she put on the Supergirl outfit for the very first time, describing her look as "kind of embarrassing".
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Initially, while Superman does make brief appearances (played by an uncredited Kevin Caliber) his face is always obscured or off-screen and his voice not heard, with Kal-El only appearing as a child, and the guise of Clark Kent never seen at all (but still communicating with Kara, via text messages). Then, with the show's move from CBS to CW after the first season, it was announced that a 'proper' outing of the character would follow in subsequent seasons with Tyler Hoechlin in the role.
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According to Brandon Routh on Twitter, the "bulletproof coffee" Cat mentions in the third episode was used by writer Andrew Kreisberg after Routh's "obsessive" use of the term. Routh, of course, played the title character in Superman Returns (2006) and stars as The Atom in Arrow (2012) and its spin-offs.
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To reduce costs, filming has changed from Los Angeles to Vancouver, as the series itself has moved from CBS to The CW alongside Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016).
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Erica Durance replaced Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El in season three after Benanti was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York. Durance starred as Lois Lane in Smallville (2001).
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The Midvale High School scenes are filmed at the Vancouver Tech School, the same building used as Smallville High School in Smallville (2001).
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The character of Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) was killed by Wonder Woman in the comics. Eventually he was resurrected in the crossover limited-series "The Brightest Day".
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According to Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh and herself think the character of Alex Danvers could make a "really good" Batgirl.
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The neon pink statue of the cat sitting in the foyer near Cat Grant's office is the exact same model of the two cats that perch at the top of the clock tower in the Back to the Future (1985) trilogy.
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Andrew Kreisberg confirmed on Twitter that Kara's ears were pierced when she was still on Krypton. For a brief second, it is possible to see that young Kara's ears are pierced indeed, when she is in her pod.
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It took 4 hours to apply Roulette's snake tattoos on Dichen Lachman.
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The universe this series is set is designated Earth-38 as a reference to the year "Action Comics" #1, Superman's first appearance, was published, 1938. In the comics, Earth-38 is a world wherein the heroes (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc) appeared early in the 30s and aged normally, passing on their legacies to their respective descendants. In this world, Supergirl is Lois and Clark's 16-year-old daughter Kara Kent.
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Melissa Benoist dyed her natural brunette hair blond before she was cast, and reportedly when she was not really expecting to get the part. This is the opposite of Christopher Reeve, who dyed his natural blonde to be brunnete for Superman (1978).
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Colleen Atwood designed the House of El coat of arms to be looked at "in flight". Melissa Benoist laid on a table during costume tests "to make sure that it looks good horizontally".
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Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers / Supergirl) is the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
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Reunites Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, who starred as the title characters in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).
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The fact that Hank Henshaw is African-American in the show, unlike the comics, as well the design of the cybernetic implants he has on his face, including the faceplate he wore over his cybernetic eye in the episode "Medusa" gives him a closer resemblance to Victor Stone, aka the superhero Cyborg, than his original comic book counterpart.
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The series takes place in National City (a fictional community). DC Comics, from which Supergirl is a character, was previously known as "National Comics" (amongst other company names).
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Winn Schott is one of two Arrowverse characters that have become the Dollmaker in the comics. The other is Barthon Mathis, portrayed by Michael Eklund in Arrow (2012). However, in the comics, the Toyman's son is named Anton Schott.
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The opening credits state that the series is "based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster." However, neither of Superman's creators had any involvement with the creation of Supergirl, who made her first appearance in Action Comics #252 (May 1959). The creators of Supergirl were Otto Binder and Al Plastino. Other than Superman himself, the only characters created by Siegel and Shuster to appear in the series are James Olsen, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.
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Throughout the series, Supergirl and Superman are depicted as being somewhat paranoid about kryptonite, with Superman refusing to work with the DEO until they turn over their supply of the substance, and Supergirl being personally offended that Lena Luthor has a supply and can also synthesize it. This attitude is not consistently kept, however, as Oliver Queen and Alex Danvers are both shown using kryptonite weapons, supposedly after Superman confiscated all the kryptonite. Neither is ostracized or confronted for doing so.
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Briana Venskus who portrays Agent Vasquez in the first season also appeared as Agent Piper on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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The "alien code" that Wynn is attempting to read in the episode 'Solitude' is the Kryptonian language used in Smallville (2001), the only difference being the characters scroll top to bottom/bottom to top instead of left to right/right to left.
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Cat repeatedly addresses Kara as "Kyra." Kara stopped trying to correct her after the second episode.
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In May of 2015, a source of the entire pilot episode was leaked on the internet, 2 weeks after the first trailer was released, and 6 months before the show's premiere.
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Prior to being cast as Clark Kent/Superman, Tyler Hoechlin was considered to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), but that role ultimately went to Ben Affleck.
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Tyler Hoechlin appeared on Teen Wolf (2011) alongside Dylan Sprayberry, who portrayed the young Clark Kent on Man of Steel (2013). Furthermore, "Teen Wolf" stars Tyler Posey and Ryan Kelley appeared in episodes of Smallville (2001).
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Italia Ricci (Siobhan Smythe) is married to Robbie Amell who portrays Firestorm in The Flash (2014).
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Lynda Carter has admitted that she based her performance as President Olivia Marsdin on Hillary Clinton.
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Melissa Benoist cited Susan Sontag and Gloria Steinem as inspirations for her portrayal of Supergirl. A feminist, Steinem was notably a huge fan of Wonder Woman.
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The first episode directed by Kevin Smith is titled "Supergirl Lives", after "Superman Lives", the infamous movie he wrote, which would star Nicolas Cage in the title role (see The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015).) Smith joked he wanted Supergirl to fight a giant spider, referencing the infamous battle scene proposed for that film.
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Tyler Hoechlin reportedly felt difficult to suit up as Superman. "I started to think that Superman's greatest power was actually being able to just jump into [the suit] as quickly as he does, because it's not quite as smooth the first couple of times you do it."
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Creator and producer Andrew Kreisberg described this version of Superman as being in a "bit more traditional way", with bits of Christopher Reeve's portrayal and the versions from Superman: The Animated Series (1996), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Super Friends (1973).
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While National City was originally created for the show, it first made its appearance in the comics with Action Comics #51 of the Action Comics New 52 series (after being first mentioned in Batman/Superman #31) when a dying Superman (New 52 version) tracked down Supergirl and found her at the D.E.O. and mistakenly thought she was being held prisoner. National City would be officially shown as Supergirl's home starting with the relaunch of the Supergirl comic book series in the DC Rebirth event not long after.
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David Harewood has stated that he was initially cast to play a straightforward version of Hank Henshaw for the pilot, with the possibility of the character turning into his villainous alter ego, Cyborg Superman at some point. However, while watching the completed pilot, one of the producers said that it was a shame that Harewood was already playing Henshaw, because he'd make a great J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter. This is what lead to the decision to make Henshaw really J'onzz in disguise, with the real Henshaw/Cyborg Superman appearing further down the track, also played by Harewood.
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Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn, was born on November 20, 1984, just one day before the theatrical release of Supergirl (1984).
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Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl), Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord), and Blake Jenner (Adam Foster) all worked on Glee (2009).
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Greg Berlanti has described Melissa Benoist as the Annie Hall (1977) of superheroes.
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In separate episodes, Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, and Jeremy Jordan have all appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). After leaving the series in 2011, leading man Christopher Meloni had a supporting role in the Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013).
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The fiftieth episode happens to be the crossover event Supergirl: Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1 (2017) in which Melissa Benoist portrays both Supergirl and Overgirl, her evil, Nazi counterpart from Earth X.
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Supergirl battled five Worldkillers in the comics: Reign, Deimax, Flower of Heaven, Worldkiller-1 (as a Red Lantern) and Perrilus. In this series, they are Reign, Purity and Pestilence who, like Perrilus, has the abilities of poison generation and virus dissemination.
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Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor) previously played Lex's nephew, Lenny Luthor, in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).
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Kara's foster parents are named Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers, a change from the previous comics in which the Danvers first names were Fred and Edna. In Peter David's run, Linda's parents were Fred and Sylvia Danvers. However, when the 2016 Supergirl comics were released as part of DC Rebirth, Kara's foster parents were given the same names as the ones in the show as that series would adapt a number of elements from the TV series.
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Plastino Chemicals and the Otto Binder Bridge in National City are, of course, references to Otto Binder and Al Plastino, co-creators of Kara Zor-El/Supergirl. However, only Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are credited.
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Presidential candidate Jeb Bush made headlines after commenting Melissa Benoist "looked pretty hot" in a TV promo for this series premiere.
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The first superhero television drama to feature a transgender superhero played by a transgender actor.
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When a picture of guest-star Laura Vandervoort from V (2009) was used to make fake ID passports as part of an international identity-theft ring, she was immediately recognized by an FBI agent who happens to be a fan of Smallville (2001) wherein she portrayed Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.
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Alex Danvers does not exist in the comics and was created for the series. She notably resembles Linda Danvers/Supergirl, the character created by Peter David after Kara Zor-El was wiped out of comic book continuity.
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This is the second time Chyler Leigh has played a character with a name that derives from "Alexander." On Grey's Anatomy (2005) she played Alexandra ""Lexie" Caroline Grey and on Supergirl (2015) she plays Alex Danvers.
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One of two concurrent television dramas based on Superman comics on air in 2018, the other being Krypton (2018). At the time, both featured Coluan/Brainiac main characters - the heroic Brainiac 5 on "Supergirl" and the villainous Brainiac on "Krypton".
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For the exterior shots of Lord Technologies headquarters, a shot of Berlin/Germany's Central Station with a mounted Lord logo is used.
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Dean Cain who portrayed Jeremiah Danvers also played the character with same last name of Danvers in Vendetta (2015) as Mason Danvers.
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Glenn Morshower (General Sam Lane) had a role in X-Men: First Class (2011) with Michael Ironside, who played General Lane in Smallville (2001).
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Jay Jackson appears as a newsreader in the show. He is known for playing the newsreader and reporter Perd Hapley in Parks and Recreation (2009).
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As a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003), Melissa Benoist received from Ellen DeGeneres Superman-themed costumes for each of her dogs. One of them is named Otis, same name of Lex Luthor's assistant in the Superman (1978) films.
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Much for production designer's Seth Reed's "heartbreak", the Fortress of Solitude set used in the first season was torn down after production moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Reed explained that "it's heartbreaking because you put a lot of care into something and it's all for the sake of capturing it on film".
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Season three introduces a noticeable change in the show's main musical theme, both at the start and end, where the brass melody has been more or less removed from the music.
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Sarah Douglas (Ursa of the Zod Triumvirate) guest stars in one episode. She lobbied for a Smallville (2001) appearance for years like other Superman (1978) actors but was never invited.
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Melissa Benoist is a natural brunette. In the first season, Kara is depicted in a darker hair tone in comparison to her blonde hair in the comics. However, it appears brighter each season.
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Jesse Rath reportedly "stole" the Legion Ring from the art department to use it at the "Supergirl" 2018 San Diego Comic-Con panel.
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It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2018 that they would introduce first transgender superhero in season four. Transgender actor Nicole Maines has been cast as Nia Nal, who will come to the fictional National City in the show's fourth season and receive guidance and training from the title character.
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Bruce Boxleitner replaced Brent Spiner as Vice President Baker in season four due to a family matter.
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Carl Lumbly guest stars as J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter's father M'Yrnn J'onzz. He starred as the Martian Manhunter himself in Justice League (2001). In the comics, M'Yrnn was killed by J'onn's evil twin brother Ma'alefa'ak/Malefic.
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Supergirl's Colleen Atwood original costume had no alterations or updates for four seasons, differently from the Green Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014)'s original suits, which had been changed by the time both shows reached Season 4.
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Features the characters of Non (Chris Vance), Otis (Robert Baker) and Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks) which were created by screenwriter Mario Puzo for Superman (1978), famously portrayed by Jack O'Halloran, Ned Beatty and Valerie Perrine respectively. The witch Selena is a character created for Supergirl (1984), played by Faye Dunaway.
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The series' starting point is loosely inspired by the 2010 Sterling Gates-Jamal Igle comic run which had Kara assuming the identity of Linda Lang (with a nerdy, Clark Kent-like attire), developing a sister-like relationship with Lana (Alex), and had Cat Grant as a recurring character. In the same arc, Supergirl and Cat confronted the Dollmaker, a villain revealed to be Anton Schott, the estranged son of the Toyman (Winn).
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Creator Dan Jurgens spoke against the changes made on Benjamin Lockwood/Agent Liberty in this series. In the comics, the character was a hero rather than the villain depicted in the show.
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Sam Witwer who played Ben Lockwood / Agent Liberty on the show also played Superman villain Davis Bloome / Doomsday on Smallville (2001).
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Producers wanted a "Jennifer Lawrence type" to play Supergirl.
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Andrea Brooks auditioned for the role of Maggie Sawyer before being cast as Eve Teschmacher.
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Over the course of the series, it is mentioned that Jimmy Olsen has been turned into a giant turtle, referencing the character's famous comic "The Giant Turtle Man!" in "Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen" Vol. 1 #53 (1961).
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Elizabeth Tulloch asked production for purple clothing for Lois Lane as soon as she learned the character often dresses in purple in the comics. It is also the color of her eyes in some adaptations.
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Elizabeth Tulloch revealed on Instagram that she had an acting teacher who told her to watch a screen test of Margot Kidder for the role of Lois Lane in Superman (1978). As Tulloch recounted, "She was having so much fun with it ... and there was a joie de vivre in every one of her choices. Not only did she have moments of gravity and furiousness and fear ... you could just tell she's having fun."
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Jon Cryer (Lex Luthor) is only five years younger than Brenda Strong who plays his mother (Lillian Luthor).
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Despite going by "Supergirl", Kara was 24 years old in season one. While common decades ago, modern grown-up female superheroes in live-action television and movies tend to avoid going by "girl" as a superhero name. Characters like Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass (2010) and Stargirl in Smallville (2001)/DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016) are portrayed as minors. While Imra Ardeen (Saturn Girl) on Smallville and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) in X-Men (2000) go by their real names. This makes Kara Danvers a rarity among grown-up super-heroines in live-action movies and television shows.
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Kara's second costume is heavily influenced by the Injustice 2 (2017) and the New 52 suits. Melissa Benoist said of the costume update which drops the famous skirt, "I just think it's more adult. Part of my goal in this whole series for whenever the show ends, I just want there to be a very clear arc for this character that she evolved as a woman and found her femininity and her adulthood, just a self-discovery."
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Jon Cryer described his iteration of Lex Luthor as a sociopath, "but he does have a link he can't break with h[Lena Luthor]. And also, to some degree, he gets she has an incredible gift as an intellect and a scientist. His narcissism kicks in, and he can find that to love about her: 'She's like me.' He understands she's a formidable person, and his really twisted family history does come into play."
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As revealed by Chyler Leigh at the ClexaCon in Las Vegas, many "Sanvers" scenes were filmed but never aired.
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Despite being portrayed as a teenager in the comics and throughout media, Kara Zor-El/Supergirl is a young woman in this series. This is similar to the Peter David run in which Linda Danvers/Supergirl is a young adult.
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Peter Facinelli portrays leader Keith Raniere in Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter (2019), about the title cult and Allison Mack's involvement in it. Mack became famous for the her role on [Smallville (2001) as Chloe Sullivan - a character confirmed to exist in the "Arrowverse" as well.
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According to costume designer Victoria J. Auth, producers wanted to cover Melissa Benoist's Season 5 haircut with a wig but changed minds once they saw her in the new suit. The haircut was Benoist's personal decision.
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The second Supergirl costume took nearly four months to complete. According to costume designer Victoria J. Auth, it originally had more red coloring but Melissa Benoist reportedly "started to look a little bit like a band leader".
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It is established in a handful of episodes that National City is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. By coincidence, there actually is a National City located in California, just south of San Diego.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Laura Vandervoort portrays Indigo, a DC Comics character later revealed to be Brainiac 8. In Smallville (2001), Vandervoort, portraying Kara Kent, was possessed by Brainiac.
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In the comics, the character of Lucy Lane assumed the alter ego of Superwoman (who had a costume bearing a field that simulated Kryptonian powers), and was eventually confronted by Supergirl in the story arc "Who Is Superwoman?". Lucy is one of several characters to take the Superwoman mantle, along with Kristin Wells, Lana Lang and Lois herself.
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The Martian Manhunter is friends with Jeremiah Danvers and is granted the mission to protect his daughters Kara and Alex. In Smallville (2001), the opposite happens: the Martian Manhunter is friends with Jor-El and is granted the mission to protect his son Kal-El/Clark on Earth.
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Winn thinks Kara is a lesbian when she is about to reveal her secret identity as Supergirl. In the comics, the Danvers had the same conclusion before their daughter Linda "comes out" as Supergirl to them.
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In this series, James (Jimmy) Olsen assumes the mantle of the Guardian, a Golden Age vigilante created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, also the creators of Marvel's Captain America. In the comics, James Harper is the original Guardian, and does appear in this series as well, in his live-action debut.
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Lex and Lena Luthor's mother is Lillian Luthor, a name that was conceived for Smallville (2001). In the comics she was originally named Arlene Luthor, later renamed Letitia Luthor. Lex mentions an aunt named Lillian in "Superwoman" #6.
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When David Harewood was told that he was actually playing Martian Manhunter, he reportedly thought "I'm going to be playing Shrek (2001) for the next seven years".
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Live action debut of several DC Comics characters such as Doctor T.O. Morrow, the White Martians, Miss Martian, Dreamer, Hank Henshaw, the Monitor, the Elite (Manchester Black, Menagerie and the Hat), Midnight, Malefic, Hellgrammite, Red Tornado, Dream Girl, Agent Liberty, James Harper, Mon-El, Draaga, Psi, Reign, the Guardian, Cameron Chase, Indigo/Brainiac 8 and the Bizarro Supergirl.
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Chyler Leigh portrayed Dr. Lexie Grey (sister of the title character) who died after an airplane crash in Grey's Anatomy (2005). In this series, she is again the sister of a title character, and is saved by her from perishing in an airplane crash in the Pilot. Also she tells Sam Arias that she had a job as a doctor in Seattle.
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Martian Manhunter's human disguise is Hank Henshaw. In the comics, Hank Henshaw is the name belonging to Cyborg Superman, one of the four Supermen to appear after Superman fell in battle with Doomsday.
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The main story arc in season 1 has Kara accidentally releasing Phantom Zone prisoners which she then has to track down. The same story arc features in season six of Smallville (2001).
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Cat Grant becomes the White House Press Secretary in the third season. In the comics, she worked as President Lex Luthor's Press Secretary until Lex was impeached.
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In the comics, the character of Maggie Sawyer goes in a romantic relationship with Batwoman (2019). The characters were supposed to marry each other but DC vetoed this idea. Maggie's character is replaced by Sophie Moore as Batwoman's love interest in her series.
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Several aspects of the Superman mythos featured in this series are taken directly from Smallville (2001) such as the Red Kryptonite effect on Kryptonians, Clark and Lex growing up as friends before taking on different sides, Lena Luthor being born from an affair of Lionel Luthor, the Luthor family itself and the original character of Chloe Sullivan.
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The character of Mon-El, introduced in the second season, was originally a mysterious space explorer that crash landed on Earth without his memories. Since he had kryptonian abilities and was found on a Monday, Superboy dubbed him Mon-El. It was later discovered that Mon-El had a hyper-sensitivity to lead poisoning, and after a fatal exposure, Superboy was forced to exile his friend to the Phantom Zone to save his life. 1000 years later, the Legion of Superheroes were able to release Mon-El and cure his lead poisoning, and he was reunited with Superboy and Supergirl when they time-traveled to the future and joined the Legion. In the comics, Mon El's real name is Lar Gand, and he does not have a romantic relationship with Supergirl. Rather, the Legion member who saved him, Brainiac 5, is Supergirl's love interest.
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Odette Annable originally auditioned for the role of Alex Danvers. She was later cast as Samantha Arias/Reign in the third season.
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Supergirl's Earth-X counterpart Overgirl is killed by overexposure to solar radiation. This is taken from the acclaimed "All-Star Superman" series, wherein Superman's cells are overwhelmed with solar radiation, leaving him with one year left to live.
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The series deepens Supergirl and Mon-El's romance which was a mere flirt in the comics. Querl-Dox/Brainiac 5 is one of Supergirl's longest relationships in the DC Comics universe.
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Cat Grant is a mother of two in this series. In the comics, she had a young son who was accidentally killed by Winslow Schott, the Toyman.
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It is revealed in the third season that Argo City survived Krypton's destruction. In the comics, Kara is originally born and raised on Argo City (after Krypton's explosion) from where she was sent to Earth. Subsequent reboots have Kara being sent from Krypton along with Kal-El as depicted in this series.
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The Martian Manhunter is an ally of Supergirl in this series. In the comics, the Supergirl known as Matrix, a character created to replace Kara Zor-El, had powers similar to his - shape-shifting, telepathy and telekinesis.
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Guest star Erica Durance portrays FBI agent Noel Neill, a reference to actress Noel Neill who starred as Lois Lane in Adventures of Superman (1952). Durance herself starred as Lois in Smallville (2001).
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This series' take on the DC villain Reign is strongly similar to Doomsday's storyline in Smallville (2001): both live on Earth as ordinary, benevolent humans until they discover their true evil nature as beings sent to Earth alongside Kal-El and Kara Zor-El to destroy it. Furthermore, Sam Witwer who played Davis Bloome/Doomsday also guest stars.
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In episode 12 of season 3 Alex mentions to Samantha that she was a doctor at a hospital in Seattle and was going into research. In Grey's Anatomy Chyler Leigh protrayed Lexie a doctor who worked at fictional Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle Washington.
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"Elseworlds", the crossover with Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014) in season four, features the series' first appearance of Lois Lane.
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This series marks the live-action debut of Lex Luthor's trademark warsuit which his mother Lillian dons.
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Silver Banshee is portrayed as a villain like her classic, Pre-New 52 iteration (Siobhan McDougal) but is named after the New 52 version who was Supergirl's friend, Siobhan Smythe.
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Katie McGrath was originally against the idea of Lena Luthor knowing of Kara's superhero identity.
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The heroic costume Alura Zor-El dons at the end of the third season was designed referencing one the character is seen in during the "New Krypton" saga in the comics.
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Live-action debut of Brainiac 5 in his more traditional Coluan appearance from the comics. He was depicted as a shapeshifter AI of human appearance on "Smallville", played by James Marsters.
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The character of Mercy Graves was originally created for Superman: The Animated Series (1996).
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Lex Luthor's phrase during his trial, "Superman made me do it", is directly taken from the "All Star Superman" mini-series.
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Supergirl and Reign's first battle in downtown National City, in which Supergirl is defeated, references the famous Superman story arc "The Death of Superman" in which Superman kills Doomsday and dies.
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The Krytponian's heat vision is blue in this series. Reign's heat vision, however, is red as the ability is more traditionally depicted in comics and throughout media.
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The fourth season blends the famous comic book mini-series "Superman: Red Son", the 2005 "Dark Supergirl" story arc (in which Lex Luthor duplicates Kara with Black Kryptonite) and the "Red Daughter of Krypton" saga, in which Supergirl becomes a Red Lantern.
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