CBS’ Supergirl will be one of the various comic book properties on TV this fall, but this first trailer looks it could be ahead of the pack.
Here’s the official description for the series:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
The show looks like it would fit in well with the world of Arrow and The Flash (its more Flash than Arrow in tone), but it seems unlikely Supergirl will join their universe. President of CBS Nina Tassler expressed some doubt about having them crossover and while it is not set in stone, what is clear is that CBS’ Supergirl exists in a world where Superman is both active and very well known. It just seems unlikely that Oliver Queen and Barry Allen have been fighting crime and meta-humans all this time without even hearing about the famous Man of Steel.
Whatever the case may be, Supergirl seems to embraces its comic-book nature and looks fun (the sun actually shines here and looks brighter than on any other superhero show). However, some have begun comparing it to the trailer for SNL‘s recent Black Widow movie parody, where Scarlett Johansson’s deadly spy is given the rom-com treatment because she’s a woman and girls like that stuff, right? While it does look kinda similar, I’m optimistic it can be more than that. Tassler herself even dared to call it the f-word: feminist!
We’ll see if it can live up to our unfairly high expectations for a decent female superhero show when Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. this fall on CBS.