by Gene Turnbow, Station Manager
I am bouncing up and down in our chairs. CBS has released a six minute trailer for Supergirl, the new fantasy series to make its debut this fall on Mondays at 8/7c.
They didn’t hold anything back. They’re not playing games with us, they’re just giving us what we want to see. Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) is trying to fit in as a normal human being on Earth, working for the multimedia conglomerate CatCo – owned by Cat Grant,(Callista Flockheart). She’s vulnerable, fresh, and still learning what it takes to be a superhero from another world.
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We see Kara’s departure from Krypton. She grows up with her foster family, the Danvers, and we fast forward to today where she’s living in National City with her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh). We see her debut act as Supergirl, saving her sister from dying in an airline accident – along with the rest of the occupants of the plane, and whomever else the plane might hit on its way down – and standing triumphantly outlined in the searchlights from the helicopters . We see her go through the iterations on her costume, and become the hero she was meant to be, all in six minutes.
There have been so many reboots of the Supergirl myth that it would have been impossible to predict which one they’d use, and they surprised us by creating a fresh one. Jimmy Olson isn’t a fresh-faced red-head with a bow tie. In this incarnation he’s a smoothly handsome black actor Mehcad Brooks, as CatCo’s recently hired new art director. Other characters pull from the Superman mythos as well, and while we don’t see Superman in the trailer his presence is felt when Olsen gives Kara her first Kryptonian-made cape.
Another plot explosion waiting to happen is that there is a super-secret agency whose purpose is to protect the world from super-powered threats, and that the head of this organization is none other than Hank Henshaw (played by David Harewood), whom fans will remember from the Death of Superman story arc as the malevalent Cyborg Superman. They wouldn’t have named him this unless they were planning to exploit this story line later in the series, so I’d be looking for at least some hints of that toward the end of the first season.
It’s a calculated risk, dumping this much of the story out for everyone to see this far in advance – but I think it’s going to work. Audiences are jaded at this point, and we’re starting not to respond as well to being teased with little bits and flashes. We want to see what the show or movie really has to offer, and I can say that in this case Supergirl will not disappoint.
Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (Arrow).
You will believe a girl can fly.
I already believe.
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