New Action-Packed Supergirl International Trailer Avoids the Black Widow SNL Comparisons

Friday, 26 June 2015 - 4:25PM
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Friday, 26 June 2015 - 4:25PM
New Action-Packed Supergirl International Trailer Avoids the Black Widow SNL Comparisons
The first Supergirl trailer was somewhat promising, but also looked suspiciously like a typical rom-com, which would do a disservice to the first female superhero to grace our televisions. The focus on Kara's love life and the questionable brand of "girly feminism" made many uncomfortable, and drew unfavorable comparisons with that Black Widow SNL sketch. This new trailer has much more straightforward action, for better and for worse, and confirms that slightly convoluted rumored timeline:



The beginning of the trailer is entirely new, and provides some background on Kara's origin story. Like Superman, she was launched in a spaceship when her home planet, Krypton, was destroyed, and a shockwave knocked her pod into the Phantom Zone for 24 years, where she went into an ageless hibernation, explaining why she is approximately ten years younger than her baby cousin, Kal-El. 

The rest of the trailer is mostly typical superhero fare, focusing on the heat vision, flight, super-strength, and hidden (or not-so-hidden) identity. On the one hand, it does do the show more justice if it doesn't seem like a stereotypical romantic comedy, and I don't exactly miss the girly feminism. But on the other hand, superhero shows should be able to be character-driven, and cutting down on the girly feminism means cutting down on the feminism in general. Honestly, I can't tell if they're trying to avoid accusations of sexism and comparisons to the SNL sketch, or if they're trying to appease the sexist Youtube commenters who think the show looks too "girly" to be a legitimate superhero show.

But one thing I definitely liked more about this trailer was the commentary on her moniker. In the first trailer, Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant tries to justify it with girl power, but I'm not having any of it, and I hope Kara isn't either. There's a reason Superman isn't "Superboy," am I right?

Supergirl will have its world premiere at San Diego Comic Con, and then will debut on October 26 at 8pm on CBS.
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