|oh my gosh, they brightened her up. what the heck, DC?|
Kara Zor-El is not supposed to be targeted at me or my demographic. She was the younger cousin/ little sister allegory for Superman, and her adventures back in the 1950's were every bit as bananas as the most bananas of Silver Age tales (let's talk Comet the Super Horse sometime).
But, I'm a fan of Supergirl, nonetheless. Sure, the 90's tried to make that really hard with the "Matrix" concept, but I still enjoyed at least the far end of that run when it was Linda Danvers in a t-shirt hopping around around 2002. But I really like the insanely perky version from the 60's and the go-getter Bronze Age version who couldn't get through a day at university without an alien plot spoiling her lunch break.
But, I also know, hey, maybe a 40 year old dude is not who they think of as the current target audience for the story of a Supergirl.
So, much as I like The Flash on the CW, I also know that is a show aimed at people half my age and mostly not of my gender. And Supergirl has taken that up a notch.
I'm not sure how far I'll make it after the initial episodes. And that won't be a comment on whether I think the show is successful or not, but I'm barely hanging in there with Flash, which is low enough on the radar where it can be more of a show I'd watch than, say, CBS, which will require millions of eyeballs and isn't currently putting out any programs I watch, and hasn't for years. Whether it is "true" to Supergirl or not, the veneer of a CBS show is painted all over just the few minutes you see here, and that isn't necessarily a positive in my eyes. Network TV has been not just surpassed but lapped by what happens on cable and Netflix these days, and some of that was always going to rub off on the Supergirl TV show. I don't think the fact that I can read the entire show from the first three minutes of the preview is a necessarily a plus, even if it makes it easier to digest.
It is also solidly not aimed at me, which is okay. I would like nothing more than a planet full of people who know Supergirl's Kryptonian name running around. And it still looks fun-ish. If I were a kid, I'd probably be all about this show.
I'm also thrilled to see that CBS was able to separate itself from the Zack Snyder dark-nerd version of Superman and Batman and embrace the overlit world of a CBS show. The first pics of the costume showed up in dull, Man of Steel colors, but not just the costume is bright and cheery - they've clearly skipped the anger-management problem of the recent comics and seen the potential of the Sterling Gates take on the character - that felt a whole lot more like the original vision of Kara Zor-El that ran from the late 50's to the mid-80's than it felt like recent attempts at edginess.
So, cautiously optimistic, I guess. Let's see that first episode and see how it goes from there.
I will also note - I grew up feeling my little heart go pitter-patter for Helen Slater, but the 1980's Supergirl movie is a "movie" only in that it is a thing that can be shown that runs for a certain length of time if you string it through a projector and there are moving things on the screen. It is, otherwise, a horrendously assembled film with nothing like a script, bad FX, bad use of well-known actors, and a story that makes less sense than an Axe Cop story dictated by a 5 year old with a 104 degree fever.
So let's not pretend that movie was a point of comparison for anyone.
Further, let's not celebrate the many really weird Supergirl moments on Smallville, none of which did anything but make Superman make no sense as a character and seemed to be pandering to an audience that was not there.
So, this is a great opportunity. Let's see what they do with it.