On October 26, there’s a new superhero in town, and she’s helping save all the other heroes on TV and Netflix. I’m talking about Supergirl.
The latest trailer for DC and CBS’s Supergirl went up this weekend, and the subtitle “Her Story” couldn’t be more accurate. Melissa Benoist plays a chipper and unassuming 24-year-old who accepts her destiny as one of the last Kryptonians. But, trendy glasses and superhero identity aside, she’s a woman.
In an industry saturated with male superheroes, Kara Zor-El AKA Supergirl will be one of the first heroines to take center stage in her own show, giving girls the voice they need to prove that they, too, can save the world. Marvel fans weren’t happy about Black Widow’s depleted role in the last Avengers, and in an age where movie studios are throwing new superhero movies at us left and right, there isn’t an equal representation of the sexes by any means. Sometimes, it feels like only X-Men give us the superwomen we want and need.
We can only hope that Supergirl delivers a respectable representation of this new heroine and becomes a show that audiences can take seriously. While there still seems to be a male-heavy cast, I’m happy to see Calista Flockhart as the sexy and sassy media mogul Cat Grant. In fact, Flockhart’s potential role as an older sex symbol helps alleviate an even bigger issue: judging by her conservative Supergirl costume and her awkward, girlish character, there doesn’t appear to be a major emphasis on Benoist’s looks when it comes to this show. This could be a huge step forward for female superheroes in terms of shifting the focus from their looks to their real powers.
If it’s anything like the previews we’ve seen so far, though, I’m certain that Supergirl will be exactly what the superhero industry needs right now: some serious girl power.
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