10:30pm PT by Aaron Couch
Comic-Con: 'Supergirl' Casts Peter Facinelli as DC Favorite
Twilight alum Peter Facinelli is soaring into CBS' Supergirl.
He will play Maxwell Lord, a green tech billionaire who is fascinated with National City's newest citizen: Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). He also has a friendly rivalry with Kara's boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). In comic book lore, Maxwell Lord has wavered between being a good guy and a bad guy. He helped The Justice League get together, hoping to profit from the use of metahumans.
Facinelli, who played the patriarch of the Cullen clan in the Twilight films, is engaged to Blindspot star Jaimie Alexander. Blindspot, like Supergirl, is produced by Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV.
Facinelli made a surprise appearance during the Supergirl Comic-Con panel after the announcement. He is repped by APA and attorney Barry Littman.
The panel acknowledged that getting a female-driven superhero show off the ground has been something Hollywood has had trouble with. But showrunner Ali Adler said that her protagonist being a woman was in some ways beside the point.
"Her gender doesn't really matter. She's a badass," Adler said.
Supergirl centers on Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El, who comes to embrace her Kryptonian roots and become the hero she was destined to be. It's not easy, with her juggling her demanding boss Cat and her relationship with her adoptive sister Alexandra (Chyler Leigh), who knows her secret. During the pilot, she forms an easy alliance with the U.S. military, who have a section dedicated to extraterrestrial threats (naturally they view her with suspicion) — and gets a little help along the way from Superman pal Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks).
The Supergirl news was revealed during a massive DC/Warner Bros. TV panel also featuring Fox's Gotham, and The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and animated spinoff Vixen.
To sign up for Live Feed TV alerts for news and scoops on your favorite shows, please go to THR.com/FeedNews.