The Best and Worst Moments of the New 'Supergirl' Trailer
DC continues its television onslaught. In addition to its apparent takeover of the CW, the comic book brand is also headed to CBS this fall with Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist as Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El. The network has released a whopping six and half minute trailer for the show, but does it look any good? Here are our thoughts.
The real standout moments in the trailer are the action shots, when it actually feels like a show about superheroes. Kara rescuing a plane, stopping an 18-wheeler, and falling off a building only to acrobatically fly back up all look amazing, and are some of the best special effects we've ever seen on a TV show.
Kara's reaction to her superpowers
Even though it played a little cheesy, we liked Kara's excited reaction to seeing herself praised on the news after she rescued the airplane. Why? Because it felt different, and in an industry that's currently being overrun by superheroes, being different is a huge bonus.
The fact that we finally have a female-centric superhero
The superhero boom has been almost entirely male-driven, no one can question that, so seeing a woman finally take center stage is a wonderful thing. Despite the trailer's shortcomings (see below), Supergirl is at least breaking through that barrier and will hopefully usher in a more diverse crop of superheroes in upcoming movies and television.
The rom-com feel
Haven't we seen enough of the smart and very attractive girl who's lacking in confidence because she wears glasses and her boss is mean? No? How about if we also make her literally the strongest and most amazing woman on the planet, does that make her struggle easier to identify with? Still no? Well, too bad, because Supergirl is super worried about her blind date in the beginning of the trailer even though she can basically do anything.
Why is she wearing glasses? We know Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise after he becomes Superman, but Kara is wearing glasses in the trailer before she becomes Supergirl. We know those can't be prescription lenses, so maybe it's a fashion statement?
The coffee callback joke
After already establishing herself as Supergirl, Kara offers her help against some superpowered villains to a military officer. His response? "You want to help? Go back to getting someone's coffee." Yeah! That makes sense! She could destroy your entire base, but obviously all she's good for is fetching coffee, which you somehow know because you... watched the beginning of the trailer? The joke falls flat and isn't even a little believable, which is a problem in a show about an unbelievable character.
The weird anti-feminist feminist vibe
The trailer tries hard to convince us that this is a feminist show about a strong female protagonist, but seems to have the opposite effect at certain points. Kara should have a problem with the name "Supergirl" because she is a woman, not a girl, and so is Calista Flockhart for that matter. Also, Kara refusing to fight crime in one skimpy outfit only to swap it out for a different skimpy outfit made little to no sense. Superman doesn't wear a skirt, why should Supergirl?