Unless you’ve been living in the Phantom Zone the past few months, it has been almost impossible not to know that Supergirl is coming. Well, the leaked, Comic-Con previewed, hyped and heavily promoted Warner Bros Television-produced series is almost here – and, as my video review above says, Supergirl is a bounding, deceptively breezy and eminently watchable addition to both the superhero universe and primetime. You really should check out the strong and smart series that finally put a woman in the lead in this latest age of superheroes.
Debuting on CBS on October 26 at 8:30 PM — up against fellow WBTV show Gotham on Fox before moving to 8 PM as of November 2 — the series developed by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg adroitly handles issues of contemporary feminism, family dynamics – which already are pretty complicated when your technically younger cousin is Superman – and a cascade of villains. Part of the strength and smarts of Supergirl comes solidly from its lead, Melissa Benoist. Casting the Glee actress as that other Krypton survivor Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers was a near-perfect notion as Benoist is able to stealthily balance all the insecurities, ambitions and sheer wonder of a 24-year-old stepping forward to be the hero she was destined to be.
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While it’s good but not yet great TV, what makes Benoist and Supergirl all the more impressive is that not only does the show play with Berlanti’s well-established formula on other WBTV/DC Comics properties such as The Flash and Arrow, but it also carries the weight of heavy expectations. Unlike the often-plodding 2013 movie Man Of Steel, Supergirl leans in toward the empowerment and quality of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series – a gold standard in many ways.
While the shadow of the never-seen demigod of Superman lingers too much, there is — from what I’ve seen — an abundance of earnestness. However, a good supporting cast and a stellar, sharp performance from a long-missed Calista Flockhart as Kara’s media mogul boss Cat Grant unveils a series prepared to leap glass ceilings and more in an long-term bound. For more, check out my video review of Supergirl and tell us what you think. Will you be watching on October 26?
Editors Note: This review originally ran October 15.
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