Supergirl (2015- ) is an American action/adventure drama series developed by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg. Based on the character published by DC Comics. Starring Melissa Benoist as “Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl”, Mehcad Brooks as “James Olsen”, Chyler Leigh as “Alex Danvers”, Jeremy Jordan as “Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Jr”; with David Harewood as “Hank Henshaw” and Calista Flockhart as “Cat Grant”. The series premiered on CBS on October 26, 2015.
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) 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. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photographer James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve 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.
Girls, guns or zombies? Speeding bullets, tall buildings and Supergirl!
Watch the CBS “First Look” here …
My thoughts… I love CBS’s new Supergirl for two reasons. First, I love female superheroes! American network television hasn’t had a comic book superheroine taking the lead in a series since, well, ABC/CBS’s Wonder Woman (1975-79)! That show was way too silly for me, but Supergirl‘s more serious, but still light-hearted, tone is perfect! Second, Melissa Benoist is the best Supergirl ever! Of course, the only other reference I have is Helen Slater in the (really bad) 1984 movie! Slater, by the way, has a cameo in this new series as Kara’s foster mother, and Dean Cain, who played Clark Kent/Superman in ABC’s Lois & Clark (1993-97), cameos as her foster father. Melissa Benoist, who played Marley Rose on Fox’s Glee, is insanely adorable as Kara Danvers and supremely sexy as Supergirl! However, unlike Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl is more than just a fantasy for fanboys – she’s an awesome role model for aspiring fangirls! Kara Danvers is a smart, ambitious woman while Supergirl is a strong, selfless hero. Oh yeah, and she kicks ass, too! Supergirl’s all that, for sure, but Benoist’s enthusiasm for that role is what makes Supergirl even more special! She is just delightful to watch! I would still love to see my favorite stuntwoman/actress Amy Johnston play Supergirl in a fan film, but Melissa Benoist is the new standard for the role. Hopefully, Gal Gadot will do the same for Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017)!
OK, so I love CBS’s Supergirl! That’s obvious. However, I’m not sure that it has the staying power of a series like The CW’s more dramatic Arrow (2012- ) or even ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013- ), especially since most comic book fanboys don’t easily embrace solo female superheroes, but I will be watching the series as a Supergirl superfan until the very end – be it a single season or many!
11/12/15 – So, we’re three episodes in and I’m amazed at how much different Kara Danvers looks than Supergirl! If Kara worked in my office, I would never guess that she was actually Supergirl! The same can’t be said of Clark Kent!
11/18/15 – “Livewire” is my favorite episode to date! I love supervillain Livewire especially since she’s played by Brit Morgan who starred as Lacey Thornfield on ABC Family’s awesome short-lived TV series The Middleman (2008)! Supergirl’s climactic fight with Livewire delivered some much appreciated girl-on-girl action! All the character stuff was cool, too! Here’s a few of my favorite (out-of-context) lines from the episode:
“Excuse me, Agent… Mulder is it?”
“Cool – it’s like Ghostbusters!! Sounds like a plan.”
“… a cat. Yes, congratulations, you have the wit of a Youtube comment.”
12/3/15 – I may be one of few, but I’m still loving Supergirl! Here’s the best (out-of-context) line [from “How Does She Do It?”] to date:
“Winn, you’re getting killed,” Cat’s son says. “Everyday, kid,” Winn grins
Season One (2015- )
S1:E1 – “Pilot” (45:21). 10/26/15. Teleplay by Ali Adler. Story by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler & Andrew Kreisberg. Directed by Glen Winter. “After 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.” Special guest stars: Dean Cain, Laura Benanti & Helen Slater. Guest starring Chris Vance, Rich Ceraulo, Justice Leak, Eric Steinberg, Malina Weissman.
S1:E2 – “Stronger Together” (43:58). 11/2/15. Teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Ali Adler. Story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg. Directed by Glen Winter. “When Kara’s attempts to help National City don’t go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she – and the city’s media – has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz. Also, Cat pressures James to use his connection to Superman to get her an interview with Supergirl.” Special guest stars: Peter Facinelli & Laura Benanti. Guest starring Owain Yeoman, Farin Tahir, Ben Begley, Robert Gant, Derek Mio.
S1:E3 – “Fight or Flight” (43:55). 11/9/15. Written by Michael Grassi & Rachel Shukert. Directed by Dermott Downs. “Kara’s superpowers are put to the test when Reactron, a powerful enemy of Superman, appears in National City and sets out to destroy Supergirl; meanwhile, Kara learns that Cat is planning to publish an exposé on Supergirl.” Special guest stars: Peter Facinelli & Jenna Dewan Tatum. Guest starring Chris Browning.
S1:E4 – “How Does She Do It?” (43:58). 11/23/15. Written by Yahlin Chang & Ted Sullivan. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. “Kara struggles to juggle her two identities when Cat tasks her with babysitting her son and Supergirl is called is called to prevent a series of bombings; James id torn when his former girlfriend, Lucy Lane, tells him that she wants to get back together.” Special guest stars: Peter Facinelli, Levi Miller & Jenna Dewan Tatum. Guest starring Scott Michael Campbell, Rich Ceraulo, Tristin Mays.
Note: Postponed due to Paris terror attacks on 11/13/2015.
S1:E5 – “Livewire” (43:50). 11/16/15. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Caitlin Parrish. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen. “Kara’s foster mother arrives in National City for Thanksgiving, and tensions arise when she voices her disapproval of Kara’s new role as a superhero; an unstable CatCo employee transforms into the supervillain Livewire following a traumatic event.” Special guest stars: Dean Caine, with Jenna Dewan Tatum and Helen Slater. Guest starring Brit Morgan, Malina Weissman.
S1:E6 – “Red Faced” (43:57). 11/30/15. Written by Michael Grassi & Rachel Shukert. Directed by Jesse Warn. “When Kara becomes overwhelmed by stress, she goes to extremes with a military cyborg commissioned by Lucy Lane’s father; Cat is unnerved when her mother pays a visit; Alex seeks the truth about her father’s death.” Special guest stars: Peter Facinelli & Jenna Dewan Tatum. Guest starring Glenn Morshower, Iddo Goldberg, Luke MacFarlane, Joan Juliet Buck,