For as iffy as some of its upcoming films look, DC Comics’ TV shows are doing great. Will that continue with Supergirl? Here’s the first look…
As the host of Cape Crisis, I sometimes get accused of being anti-DC and a Marvel fanboy, but I’ll be the first to say DC’s TV shows have been great lately, especially Flash and Arrow. Both ditch the winks and nods of Smallville, and are just full-on, serialized super shows. Characters have wild powers, they have to deal with secret identities, they have slowly growing rogues galleries. It’s great. And from the look of this extended trailer for the Supergirl series, that looks to continue that (and be way better than her shitty old movie)…
What are some of my immediate thoughts?
– I’m shocked it actually takes place in a world where Superman exists. Usually the big three Justice League stars are ignored on TV, but not here. Obviously it’d be hard to have a Supergirl without a Superman, but I assumed the Warner movie folks would excise the Man of Steel from TV.
– Speaking of which, this clearly isn’t in the same universe as Snyder’s film. There’s a different Jimmy Olsen, people aren’t talking about millions dead in Metropolis, and Krypton looks very different.
– I’m very happy Kara Zor-el’s lineage to Superman is kept in tact, and I like her as TV news assistant that has to balance life with a secret identity. Even saying that her S shield is repping the same family crest is a fantastic touchstone.
– I like that Cat Grant is a regular on the show, as she’s a supporting character DC doesn’t do enough with. Can Steve Lombardi be far behind.
– Just who is she going to fight? Superman has a pretty weak villain line-up aside from Lex and Darkseid, and Kara’s isn’t much stronger.
– The flight and super stuff looks great on a TV budget.
– One of my few complaints about The Flash show is that so many people know his secret identity, and that’s looking to start early with Supergirl. Her male friend, her sister, James Olsen. Will Gloria know before the end of season 1?
– I’m a sucker for Krypton mythology and hope to see more of it on the show.
In general, I’m at least going to be watching to see if the full pilot can deliver on this early taste in the fall. For so long, CBS has been the channel I never watch – no thanks CSI/Big Bang/old people shows – but this feels so outside their wheelhouse that it seems worth Hulu viewings (it had better be on Hulu).
By the way, let me remind you Laser Time’s brand new commentaries for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 are now available on the Laser Time Bandcamp page, and you can buy them if you want to help while I’m in-between jobs.
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