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Promo for “SUPERGIRL” (2015)

written by Dominick Cappello

Okay, I recall seeing “Supergirl” (1984) when I was younger and being none too impressed. Maybe I was just disappointed because there was no appearance by Superman himself? Christopher Reeve refused to make a cameo after the debacle that was “Superman III” (1983). So, I think it is wise that the over six minute long promotional teaser for the upcoming Girl of Steel television series gives us a brief glimpse of her Kryptonian cousin early on, then quickly shifts focus to Kara Zor-El, promising us something that will not be a retread of an origin story we’re all overly familiar with.

Kal El left Krypton as a baby and had no memory for his home planet or his people whereas Kara leaves – what I must assume is the city of Kandor – as a preteen, so she will have strong emotional ties to her birth parents. I know that there is plenty of griping about the whole “single female superhero” concept of the show, but to be honest, I’ve never really watched a “single female anything” show, so I don’t know if I would be adverse to the concept. Who knows? I might really enjoy it.

Melissa Benoist plays our titular hero. She has previously appeared on “Glee” (2009 – 2015). Well, I didn’t watch that show either, but I found her to be super-charming in this extended trailer. Mehcad Brooks plays Jimmy Olsen. Oh, excuse me, it’s James Olsen. This guy seems to be playing it a bit too cool for a character like Jimmy Olsen, but that’s no big deal. Kara takes flight for the first time so to save her foster sister, who is on an airplane in peril. That reminds of “Superman: The Movie” (1978) when the Man of Steel saved Air Force One. Heck, the one good scene in “Superman Returns” (2006) also involved an airplane.

Kara is now exposed to the world and the media outlet where she is employed dubs her Supergirl even though she feels that Superwoman would have been more empowering. Her bitchy boss, Cat Grant played by Calista Flockhart, tells her to lighten up and not to be so politically correct. After deciding to become a superhero, Kara tries out a few variations of her costume, not wanting to show off too much skin. Clearly, the intent of the show is not to portray her as sex symbol. The final addition to her outfit if the “S” shield. Just as in “Man of Steel” (2013), we are reminded that it’s not an “S”, it’s her family’s code of arms. The House of El. However, no mention of it also being a symbol of hope.

The routine of Jimmy Olsen passing Kara messages from Superman may wear a bit thin, but I’ll reserve judgment. I always enjoyed how “Smallville” (2001 – 2011) would incorporate actors from previous incarnations of the Superman mythos. Dean Cain, who of course played Superman in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993 – 1997), and Helen Slater, the original Supergirl from 1984, will appear in the pilot as Kara’s foster parents. The first season of “Gotham” (2014 – ) was quite disjointed to say the least and I am only a casual fan at best of “The Flash” (2014 – ), but I will give “Supergirl” a chance. It looks like harmless fun as apposed to other more melodramatic superhero live action television.

– Dr. Rochester

Author: Dominick

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