For some reason, translating a female superhero onto a big or small screen seems to be a task that is especially daunting for even the mightiest of network executives. What works for heroes such as the Flash and Arrow, is oftentimes perceived to be impossible for any super-powered person who happens to be wearing a skirt.
And that’s exactly what you’re going to see in this first look at Supergirl, in a short film that has just been released as a first look into the upcoming CBS series:
It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man. It’s Supergirl. In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities and becomes the hero she was always meant to be. This Fall on CBS.
I’m not going to lie: That is a terrible, terrible cut of what to expect in Supergirl. The cliches are all there: The attractive best friend that Supergirl is completely unaware of, the horrible Mills and Boone romance music, Supergirl being undervalued because she’s a gurl and on and on we go around this rabbit hole. Make no mistake, this is going to be one show that is going to need to be faster than a speeding trope, more powerful than a cliche and able to jump tall moments of duh in a single leap. It’s essentially the Black Widow sketch from SNL, scene for scene:
And yet, there’s plenty there that I do like about the series, once I look past those flaws. Michelle Benoist looks like an absolute delight as Supergirl, switching from her secret identity to the girl of steel almost effortlessly. The sets look fantastic, the special effects aren’t bad for a series that needs to match a $250 million film and the costume looks fantastic in action. Despite that horrendous trailer above, I want to give the show a chance when it debuts later this year.
Last Updated: May 14, 2015