The first episode of CBS's forthcoming Supergirl series has leaked online a full six months before it was scheduled to air. Two versions of the 46-minute episode (one in full HD and another in lower resolution) made their way onto torrenting sites late last week, with BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak describing the leak as a "complete surprise" to the pirating community. As seen in the six-minute trailer for the series released earlier this month, the pilot shows former Glee star Melissa Benoist as Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El (known as Kara Danvers to us humans), struggling to get to grips with both her newfound powers and the harrowing trial that is life in New York City.
Less damaging than the Game of Thrones leak
The pilot is reportedly free of any watermarks or warnings that might distinguish it as an advanced screening copy, leading some to speculate that the supposed leak is actually a marketing ploy by CBS to generate positive buzz. Unlike the leak of the first four episodes of Game of Thrones season five last month (which HBO blamed on early screeners), this incident isn't likely to affect Supergirl's viewing figures simply because the show's debut is still so far away. Early responses to the pilot have also been broadly positive — good news for CBS after a mixed reaction to the frothy, Devil Wears Prada feel of the show's trailer.