It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane and it definitely isn’t Superman. It’s Superwoman! CBS’s new superhero show comes this fall with an interesting take on Superman’s cousin.
[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]his past Wednesday CBS dropped the official trailer for Supergirl. In less than a half hour the internet went into a complete frenzy about the trailer. There hasn’t been a reaction to a superhero-themed show like this since the trailer for The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was released. Supergirl was the number one subject trending on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter ,and with very good reason. You can see the trailer for yourself below.
The trailer is surprisingly long, just over six and a half minutes, and it gives you an in depth look at what the first season of Supergirl has to offer. Unlike past superhero shows like the CW’s Arrow and The Flash, Supergirl gives off a completely different tone. Arrow and The Flash have strong male leads who have decided to become a superhero/vigilante in order to save their city and those who live in it. It is from here that Supergirl differs from these two shows.
Supergirl is an action-adventure/drama based on the DC Comic’s Kara Zor-El. Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist, is Superman’s cousin who spent 12 years of her life keeping her powers a secret on Earth. After her adopted sister’s life is put in danger, she finally decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (Arrow).
I’m very optimistic that Supergirl could become immensely popular and air for several seasons. It also seems to be exactly what the fans of strong, female lead shows like Peggy Carter, have been asking for. I’m sure that Supergirl, if successful, could bring about a calling for more female leads in comic book adaptations. Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El isn’t part of a team, she isn’t answering to anyone, and she isn’t looking for true love. Kara Zor-El is looking to be herself, to stop hiding who she is and it’s long overdue that we have a character like that.
Supergirl arrives this November, 2015 on CBS.