Does the Timeline for CBS's Supergirl Confirm Separate TV and Cinematic Universes?

Friday, 19 June 2015 - 3:54PM
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Friday, 19 June 2015 - 3:54PM
Does the Timeline for CBS's Supergirl Confirm Separate TV and Cinematic Universes?
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The world premiere of CBS's Supergirl may technically be happening at San Diego Comic Con in a few weeks, but that leaked copy of the pilot spoiled many of the details of the show's universe and its connection (or lack thereof) to DC's cinematic universe. Screenrant has constructed a timeline from all the exposition in the pilot episode, and it reveals the convoluted explanation for Kara being younger than Clark, as well as inconsistencies with Man of Steel that might confirm that Supergirl will not be part of DC's Cinematic Universe.

In the comics, Kara Zor-El is several years older than Superman when he's sent to Earth as a newborn. Judging from the pilot, the show seems to be maintaining that part of the canon, but does some complicated twists and turns in order to ensure that Kara is only 24 while Superman is in his thirties. 

Here's the timeline:


Planet Krypton Explodes
Planet Krypton's shockwave causes Kara (13yrs old) to fly into the Phantom Zone
Kal-El (newborn) lands on Earth

[24 years later]


Kara (13yrs old) lands on Earth
Superman (24yrs old) – not Clark Kent – delivers Kara to her adoptive parents, scientists Fred and Sylvia Danvers
Phantom Zone (Port Razz) crashes into Earth, prisoners escape.

[10 years later]


Port Razz prisoners come out of hiding, attack Earth.


Superman (35yrs old) is saving Metropolis
Supergirl (24yrs old) is saving National City.

On the one hand, it seems that Henry Cavill's Clark Kent can't possibly be the same Superman referenced in the TV show, as Clark was meant to be 33 in Man of Steel when he first became Superman, while the show's Clark was already donning the cape when he was 24. Plus, Warner Bros. has set a precedent for separating their television and cinematic universes, as The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham are all entirely disconnected from the films. 

But on the other hand, these plot contortions seem unnecessarily complicated, unless they're determined to allow Superman to be exactly 35 while Kara can be 24 (because it's against Hollywood rules to make a TV show about a woman over 30). I can't think of why they would need Superman to be older than Kara when there don't seem to be any plans to bring him on the show anytime soon, unless they were trying to leave the door open for a connection to the cinematic universe.

Supergirl's pilot will be screened at San Diego Comic Con on July 11, and will air on CBS on October 26.
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Timeline for CBS's Supergirl: Separate TV and Cinematic Universes?