When CBS issued a series order for Supergirl earlier this month, it came as no surprise, since the show has been talked about steadily ever since it was first announced last year. There certainly seems to be an audience for the show, since more than 11 million viewers have already watched the Supergirl trailer after it was released last week. Today we have word that the full pilot episode has already leaked online to several different torrent websites.
The first pirated copies of the pilot hit the web around 3 AM PST this morning. The episode was uploaded to the web in full 1080 HD, and there are no explicit watermarks on the video. The piracy-tracking firm Expicio has estimated that, as of 9:30 AM PST today, the pilot episode has been downloaded more than 120,000 times. When the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 leaked earlier this year, those videos came with watermarks, indicating they were screener episodes sent out to the press ahead of the show's debut, but since the leaked Supergirl pilot doesn't feature any watermarks, it could make tracking down the culprit even more difficult. The pilot was distributed by two piracy "Scene groups" known as DiMENSiON and LOL, but it isn't known how they obtained the episode.
It's incredibly rare for a pilot to leak online so far ahead of its premiere, since CBS is planning to air Supergirl in November, but it remains to be seen if the leak will lead to poor ratings, or if it will actually build positive buzz for the show. After all, even after the first four episodes leaked, Game of Thrones debuted to record ratings when the new season debuted in April. CBS declined to comment on the leak, so it remains to be seen what their response may be.
"I just had this injury so I had this eye patch on. It was kind of embarrassing... But the second I put it on, something shifts inside of me. It's kind of impossible not to feel strength and empowerment and positivity and hope. It really is pretty surreal."
She also talked about the enormous scope of the show, and how she doesn't exactly "recognize herself" during scenes where she's wearing the costume.
"I don't recognize myself when I see those scenes. It's kind of insane. The sheer scope of all of it, it's so epic that it's kind of mind-blowing to see it all put together."
Even though Supergirl will air on CBS, there have been plenty of rumors of the show crossing over with CW's DC Comics shows Arrow and The Flash, since all three shows are executive produced by Greg Berlanti. While nothing is official about these shows crossing over, Melissa Benoist hopes it will happen.
"I hope so!"
Supergirl also stars Mehcad Brooks (Jimmy Olsen), Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant) Laura Benanti (Alura Zor-El), Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers), David Harewood (Hank Henshaw, a.k.a. Cyborg Superman), Jeremy Jordan (Wynn Schott, a.k.a. Toyman) and Helen Slater and Dean Cain in unspecified roles. What are your thoughts about the Supergirl pilot leaking early? Let us know below, and stay tuned for more on Supergirl, debuting this November on CBS.