LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Mehcad Brooks has joined the cast of Supergirl.
Supergirl will follow Kara, who escaped the destruction of Krypton and was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers. The superhero is cousin to Kal-El/Superman, and the series will see her embrace and begin to use her powers.
In the DC Comics, Olsen is a photojournalist at the Daily Planet and close friend to Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman. The character will act as a love interest for Kara on the television adaptation, and work as a photographer at media company CatCo.
CBS gave Supergirl a series commitment in September 2014, with Greg Berlanti and Allison Adler as co-writers and executive producers. The pair previously collaborated on ABC superhero series No Ordinary Family.
Brooks is known for portraying Matthew Applewhite on ABC drama Desperate Housewives, and Eggs on HBO series True Blood. He most recently starred as Terrence King on USA Network sports drama Necessary Roughness.