SUPERHERO STARS MELISSA BENOIST (“SUPERGIRL”) AND CRESS WILLIAMS (“BLACK LIGHTNING”) LIGHT UP THE COVERS OF THE SPECIAL JULY/AUGUST COMIC-CON ISSUE OF WATCH! MAGAZINE

Features Include a Guide to Television’s

Can’t-Miss Comic Book Characters and Superhero Stars, and

the “Star Trek: Discovery” Production Designer, Costumer Designer and Prop Master Revealing What Goes into Creating a Universe that’s Both Familiar and Unexpected

NEW YORK – July 19, 2018 – The July/August edition of CBS’ Watch! magazine, a Comic-Con-inspired ode to television’s comic book superheroes and science fiction/fantasy genre series, features covers with superhero stars Cress Williams (BLACK LIGHTNING) and Melissa Benoist (SUPERGIRL). The issue, which is on newsstands as of Tuesday, July 24, includes a guide to the heroic comic book characters who are saving the world on television each week; insights from the creative team members behind the look of the STAR TREK: DISCOVERY universe; the magazine’s usual mix of fashion, beauty and travel tips; and chats with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars.

During her Los Angeles-based cover shoot with Watch! director of photography Christopher Ross, Benoist was asked to channel her “inner villain” while wearing sleek styles selected by Ashley Zohar. It’s a very different look and outlook from Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers, the title character she plays on the hit series SUPERGIRL (which begins its fourth season on Oct. 14 on The CW). During her interview with Fred Schruers, Benoist chats about being a middle child; her first acting break while still in college and her subsequent role on “Glee”; portraying the wife of the just-slain Boston Marathon terrorist bomber in the film “Patriots Day”; playing a “squeaky clean” Kryptonian on SUPERGIRL; and feeling comfortable weighing in on her character’s lines. “I have to feel right about it as a woman that’s experiencing it…whether it’s about relationships or about feeling empowered or about how you treat other people. I do, within reason, have some power, some leeway to control what the conversation is.”

Cress Williams was shot by photographer Derek Blanks in Atlanta, where Williams’ hit series BLACK LIGHTNING (which returns to The CW for its second season on Oct. 9) is filmed. Williams electrified the set in an eclectic mix of relaxed attire and semi-casual tailored wear styled by Christina Pacelli. In his print story, written by Oliver Jones, Williams reveals how he switched from thinking of portraying a superhero as “more of a kid fantasy than a career goal” to actively seeking such parts, despite the dearth of black superhero roles. He also talks about why BLACK LIGHTNING satisfies his need to make a difference via his craft as an actor; how his faith and religion played an important role in transforming his life; and why, with his fifth-year anniversary to his wife and their second child on the way, adding to his two children from a previous marriage, “everything feels like a second chance” to him in his personal life and career. “Not to say I completely blew my first chance, but I made some mistakes both career-wise and personally…But I feel like the lessons that I’ve learned are the only things that I’m taking with me. There is no baggage that I have to drag along and dispel.”

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