Amazing Kids! Magazine

CBS’s New TV Show Supergirl to the rescue!

By Sarina Patel, the Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor, age 12, Florida

 

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Supergirl?

After almost 30 years of hiding behind the scenes in D.C. comics, the female counterpart of the beloved Superman is ready for her close-up.

Recently, CBS has been making waves with the announcement that they would be broadcasting the pilot episode of Supergirl later this year, on October 26. With all the money that acclaimed superhero TV-shows have been making—ranging from ABC’s Agent Carter (a Marvel comic) and The CW’s The Flash (a D.C. comic)— it’s no surprise that CBS has decided to jump on the bandwagon. The real surprise, however, is that Supergirl was chosen when there were so many other, older, superheroes CBS could have picked. Which begs the questions: Why did they pick the Kryptonian powerhouse Kara Zor-El? What exactly inspired the resurrection of Supergirl?

The wheels that would eventually propel Supergirl into D.C.’s empire of comic stardom started turning early on, back in December 2014. According to www.screenrant.com, “CBS had already made a screen commitment to the….superhero TV show.” And fans aren’t the only group who will benefit from the choice to produce this TV show. “This movie finally gives CBS its own horse in the comic book adaptation race…” the website says.

One of the best things about Supergirl is that she’s a newcomer to TV. Since this is the first time she will have her own TV show, the producers have a lot of room to be creative and original with her. The producers of the TV show want to take Supergirl in this direction: Some years ago, Kara-Zor-El was a 13-year-old girl who only ever knew her home planet, Krypton. But one thing led to another, and she found herself on the doorstep of the Danvers’ family. For 9 whole years, Kara-Zor-El pretended to be a normal girl by hiding her powers. Life was good and everything seemed fine…until she turned 24 years old and had to use her untapped abilities in the wake of a spontaneous disaster. Now that she is a young adult, this superheroine must learn to step up in order to save the world.

Fans have high expectations for the first episode. They expect to see the producers deliver that same creativity and ingenuity when the pilot airs on October 26th. Although some fans intuitively know that the pilot episode is destined for greatness, others aren’t as sure. The concern that most fans have is: will Supergirl stand out among the many other superhero TV-shows that exist? As www.screenrant.com continues to point out, “…There’s certainly room for Supergirl to stand out from the rest of the pack. After all, it’s a female superhero series…Kara’s powers and opponents are unlike most any other on television…and the Berlanti Productions team has become synonymous with quality superhero TV-show storytelling.” Being one of 3 shows propelled by a female lead, Supergirl has already made a name for herself. Thankfully, there’s some hope for this show yet.

While Supergirl may be a newcomer to the stratospheric world of TV production, she is no comic novice. The superheroine was originally designed in 1959 by D.C. comic-book writer, Otto Binder, and a D.C. comic-book artist by the name of Al Plastino. She vanished in the limited-edition 1985 maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths—and stepped back into the limelight 29 years later, with CBS’s proclamation that she would get her own TV show.

It became apparent that Supergirl held (and still holds) a lot of promise as a TV show even one full year before the news was released to the public. In general, comic-to-show adaptations have always been embraced by fans, but it’s amazing how far the tendrils of popularity now extend to. The TV shows that have taken notes from the likes of Marvel and D.C. are now reaping the rewards.  “The premiere of ABC’s Agent Carter (a Marvel comic) averaged 6.9 million total viewers. Their second season premiere topped Marvel’s other hit TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with 5.98 million views,” TV Line reports. And TV By The Numbers says, “The Flash scored…4.5 million viewers…That was enough to make it the highest-rated season premiere The CW has landed since their adaptation of 90210 in 2008…” These promising shows are now reaching a level of success one may call “superhero status”.

Melissa Benoist—an actress who came to prominence in the worldwide phenomenon Glee —was cast as the superheroine. She, of course, is no stranger to success. When TIME Magazine asked what her goals were when playing Kara Zor-El on Supergirl, she responded, “…I want to do right by women. I want to portray someone they can relate to and look up to…I want her to be complicated and flawed. I guess I just want all women to feel like they could be Kara and Superwoman as well…I want it to be grounded and human. That goes for anybody…It doesn’t matter if it’s women or men that I inspire, I just want to inspire people in general to realize their strengths and their potential, and that you can do the things that you feel are impossible to accomplish.”