First things first. Television isn’t the same without Kyrptonians. It’s nice to have them back. Second, this is awesome.
I didn’t want to talk about trailers two days in a row. I had nice book review all lined up. Original research, academic rigor, violent German feminism. But the last one was a movie; this one’s television. And it feels more like an intervention.
Listen, internet. I love you but we need to talk. It’s okay to like things. It’s even okay to like problematic things. I thought we’d talked about this. Check out the first look trailer for CBS’s Supergirl.
Are there a lot of clichés? Yes. Yes there are. Superman codified or created nearly twenty storytelling conventions all on its own. Including the super hero. Television’s an ideal place to work a little bit of reconstruction magic.
When Kara Zor-El bumps into somebody on the street, they’re using a romantic comedy trope to deliver Melissa Benoist’s Clark Kent. I’ve watched a lot of Superman on TV. She embodies the character like nobody since Christopher Reeve.
There’s a lot to love in those six minutes. Nerds get a glimpse of Toyman and Cyborg Superman. Calista Flockhart’s takes a turn as Perry White via The Devil Wears Prada.
And the opening sequence is a direct homage to perhaps the most iconic version of the origin story: All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely:
This is the Super
mangirl I want. Not the blackwashed murderers from the recent films. I don’t want the superficial disposable morality of The Flash. I don’t want the sadistic Daredevil where torture works. This is like sunlight through a stormcloud, hitting all the best beats of Smallville and Superman Returns with a little Greatest American Hero thrown in. It looks fun.
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El , Superman’s 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, 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, who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen, as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, 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.