Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SUPERGIRL Casts Emma Caulfield as Cameron Chase

You just knew if the D.E.O. was in play, so was Chase.

The Mary Sue reports that the hit CBS series Supergirl has cast Emma Caulfield as DC Comics character Cameron Chase.  

According to the article, Chase is described as "After her father’s violent murder, Cameron Chase decided to dedicate her life to law enforcement.  Now a stern, no holds barred FBI agent, Chase’s weapons of choice are manipulation and manpower.  With little sympathy, and plenty of suspicions, she pursues her targets with ruthless determination."

Caulfield, 42, is best known as Anya Jenkins on the WB series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has appeared on a number of television series, including Once Upon a Time, Leverage, Prime Suspect, Robot Chicken, Monk, Nash Bridges, General Hospital, Beverly Hills 90210, Silk Stalkings, and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Created in 1998 by Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III, Cameron Chase first appeared in Batman (vol.1) #550 as an agent of the Department of Extranormal Operations tasked with monitoring and neutralizing metahuman threats to national security.  A New York City resident and former private detective, Cameron was actively recruited by Director Bones, head of the DEO's Northeastern division.

Cameron was the eldest daughter of Walter Chase, a little known hero known as the Acro-Bat.  While Walter's family believed he was teaching night school, he was in reality roaming the rooftops of New York as the leader of a team called the Justice Experience.  When Cameron was about seven years of age, a scientist named Larry Trapp lost his girlfriend Caroline Anders, who was caught in a public battle between the Justice Experience and their archenemies, the House of Pain.

Trapp blamed her death on both the heroes and the villains, and decided to take his revenge on them.  His first target was the Acro-Bat.  Doctor Trap, as he was named, discovered the real name and address of the Acro-Bat, and ambushed Walter as the hero returned from patrol.  He used a pair of steel jaws he made to rip out Walter's throat, and left the body on the kitchen floor, where it was found by Cameron.  Her father's murder deeply scarred Cameron, and left her with a deep hatred of superbeings.

Over the years, she developed an affinity toward computers, learning all the tricks to cracking into systems.  Cameron attended Berkeley University in California, and she kept her college Internet account active after graduation.  She stayed in California, becoming a private detective.  Her experiences as a PI introduced her to Knob, a homeless man interested in the occult and supernatural.  On their first case together, they assisted Klarion the Witch Boy in finding his body, held by the Cult of the Broken Circle.  Klarion could have killed the two, but decided to let them continue living in case he ever needed them in the future.  Chase and Knob would encounter the cult numerous times after that, including a case involving the disappearance of Air Wave, the cousin of Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Cameron's experiences with various superbeings brought her to the attention of the D.E.O., the government agency that oversees metahumans. Chase was assigned to the office in New York City, and had to move out of California to NY.  While driving to the city, she was sidetracked by the DEO to handle a case in Gotham involving the Claything. While there, she met the Batman, and the two quickly disliked each other.

In the current New 52 continuity, Director Bones sent Chase to Gotham City in order to capture Batwoman, who was being investigated by the D.E.O. for possible connections to a terrorist cell.  Chase attempted to arrest Batwoman during a confrontation at the Gotham waterfront, but Batwoman escaped after breaking's one of Cameron's arms.

Supergirl airs Monday nights on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

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