CBS has hopped onto the superhero TV show bandwagon. Their new series Supergirl is taking flight this fall, and they couldn’t be more excited. Recently, they have been releasing trailers and sneak peaks, and the cast came to Comic-Con to talk about the show. Here’s what we know.
What to Expect
Kara Zor-El, the older cousin of Clark Kent/Superman, is the main character of this new series, produced by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Kara (Melissa Benoist) comes to Earth and is adopted by the Danvers family. When she grows up, she begins working in National City as a personal assistant for Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), a media magnate. However, she struggles with the fact that she’s not living up to her true superpowered potential, as she has been hiding her Kryptonian abilities for many years. One thing leads to another, and she embraces her power, becoming Supergirl and getting her own hashtag. Along with her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), a friend of Superman, Kara will begin to discover what she is capable of.
A big goal for this TV show right now, according to the cast, is for it to be fun. It won’t be as brooding and dark as some other superhero TV shows (*cough* Arrow). Instead, it will focus on the idea of a young woman finally coming to terms with her identity, embracing it, and using her abilities to help people. Supergirl will be a series about self-discovery, self-doubt, potential, and secrets coming into the light.
Supergirl will place a lot of emphasis on female empowerment, though that’s probably pretty obvious. It’s all about a woman taking control of her life and being confident in herself. More and more TV shows are creating and developing strong female characters, but CBS is going the distance by making a superhero TV show in which the main character is a young superheroine in her mid-twenties. From what has been revealed, Kara is a quirky, strong, lovable character who wants to help people and live up to her potential, both of which she is quite capable of doing.
Of course, you can’t have a TV show about adults without getting into the nitty-gritty details of their relationships and different personalities. Kara will have a circle of confidantes that will likely form her “team.” These people will probably include her adoptive sister Alex, her coworker Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy Jordan), and photographer and Superman confidante James Olsen. Undoubtedly, there will be some love conflict and tension, because romantic relationships always make things more interesting and give viewers something else to root for. This plot element will be interesting to observe, because instead of a woman pursuing a male main character, it will be the other way around. Also, Kara’s family relationships will develop and change as she discovers that her sister works for a covert organization called the Department of Extranormal Operations. Coincidentally, the DEO will likely serve as an opportunity for Kara to use her powers, as well as being a way to introduce supervillains.
Supergirl looks like it will be fun to watch when it premiers on Monday, October 26. So get ready to go up, up, and away this fall with TV’s latest superhero(ine)!