TV Review: CBS Supergirl Trailer First Impressions

OK, so let’s talk about the new Supergirl trailer…

CBS debuted an extended trailer for the new series from DC Comics, premiering in November this week, and I think it’s fair to say that this one strikes out for new ground.

Supergirl is the story of Kara Zor-El, played by Melissa Benoist (Glee), whose cousin Kal-El is the famous Superman. At twelve years old, Kara was also sent from Krypton to Earth, just like her infant cousin, and spent twelve more years keeping her powers a secret. The trailer checks in with Kara at 24, as a personal assistant to Cat Grant, a role performed by Calista Flockhart, who seems to be channeling Meryl Streep from The Devil Wears Prada. Kara is goofy, quirky, and trying to find her place in the big city.

A huge portion of the trailer taps into the typical romantic comedy tropes we’ve come to know so well. Kara gets tongue tied when she meets Grant’s latest hire, the new art director James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks). She has a blind date thaat requires her foster sister’s fashion knowledge. But underneath all this Kara is tired of leading a double life, and soon she gets the chance to show the world just what she can do.

The effects in the piot triler are nothing short of spectacular, especially when you figure in that this is for a television program. Hopefully, Supergirl hasn’t blown its budget on the pilot, but that plummeting airplane might just be worth it.

No doubt comic book nerd-dom might be put off by the sunnier approach and playful tone of the trailer. For those guys, I have to say: first, this is just the pilot. Lots of elements can change drastically between the shooting of the pilot and the season order. Secondly, it’s time for a little sun and fun in what has increasingly become the gritty, dour world of DC Comics’ forays into live action. While it seems DC won the television coin toss against Marvel, the only win in my opinion is The Flash. Gotham spun its wheels too much for me and I haven’t tried Arrow just yet. There’s jokes, fun, romance, and most importantly, a strong female lead character: new ground for these shows. Let’s just hope CBS doesn’t force the show to conform to their patterns.

Overall, I’m still lukewarm toward the trailer, but that’s mostly because it’s difficult to rush to judgement until I can see more. What I can tell you is this: I showed this trailer to my thirteen year old daughter and she was transfixed. Afterward, she exclaimed “It’s everything I like in my favorite shows, but finally with girls!” So, obviously, Supergirl is doing something right.

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