Young Kara Cast: Malina Weissman
We have a young Kara! And yes, she’s adorable. Newcomer Malina Weissman has been cast in the role of 12-year-old Kara. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that she will guest-star in the pilot. Weissman previously played the young version of April O’Neil in 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This casting confirms that the show will feature flashbacks of Kara’s childhood (was there ever any doubt?), at least in the pilot.
The previously leaked audition tapes included a scene of Kara on Krypton as she said goodbye to her parents, and a second scene with her new mom Mrs. Danvers, where she describes how hard it is having to pretend to be less than she is just to be socially accepted (i.e. a not so thinly veiled metaphor for being a girl on this planet).
Young Kara: There, Corona Borealis. So close to my bedroom window when I was little. Its light kept me awake.
Mother Danvers: I can’t see it, it’s a billion light years from here.
Young Kara: Sorry.
Mother Danvers: I got my doctorate when I was 19. I was always the youngest woman with the right answer in a room full of smart men. I know what it feels like to not fit in.
Young Kara: I used to belong, up there.
Mother Danvers: I know sweetheart but you’re not up there anymore.
Young Kara: Do you know what it’s like [sigh] to have to hide what makes me so special on this planet? People laugh at me.
Mother Danvers: You know, people have a tough time making sense of extraordinary things.
Young Kara: Them not believing, I mean it makes me want to prove to them what I’m capable of.
Mother Danvers: Someday you’ll use those powers for greatness, but for now, how about you just get used to being the new kid in town.
Young Kara: Just because you can’t see Corona Borealis, doesn’t mean its not there.
I’m still a bit disappointed that they aren’t going with Kara being 15 years old when she arrives and already as confident and clever and self-assured as her Silver Age progenitor. That’s what made Silver Age Kara so awesome and unique. A teenage Supergirl seems a lot more empowering than a 24-year-old who’s unsure of herself, bossed around by Cat Grant, and morbidly afraid of using her superpowers.
Plus I really wanted to see Alura creating Kara’s Supergirl suit based on the family crest and colors, with coincidentally similar results to, but not based on, Superman’s costume.