In a geeky bit of meta casting, CBS has added two former Kryptonians to the cast of its upcoming Supergirl series. According to TVLine, Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the cast in “top secret” guest roles.
Cain is of course known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the campy but fun series that ran from 1993 to 1997. Slater is even more on-the-nose casting, as she played Supergirl in the eponymous 1984 film.
As their roles are being kept under tight lock and key for now, we’re left to speculate what on who these Superman mythos alums are playing. While I noticed some speculation that they could be playing Kara Zor-El’s Kryptonian parents, Nashville‘s Laura Benanti has already been cast as Kara’s birth mother, Alura Zor-El, so that’s out of the cards. Perhaps they’re playing Kara’s foster parents on Earth? After all, I can think of no better parents to raise the Last Daughter of Krypton than two former members of the Super family.
Oh, and just imagine all of the angsty dramatic irony that will come oozing from the script when Kara says things like, “You guys have no idea what I’m going through!”
We’ll have more news on who Cain and Slater are playing when more news becomes available. The duo join a growing cast that currently includes Melissa Benoist (Glee) as Kara/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) as Jimmy Olsen, Benanti as Alura Zor-El and Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant.
Supergirl has a series commitment from CBS, and is expected to air this fall.