Now that all of its friends are playing, CBS is ready to get into the superhero game and has decided to play a risky card by bringing Supergirl to the small screen. Supergirl, while being the cousin of Superman, really isn’t the most beloved character in the DC stable, which means that not many people are expecting much out of the show. Others are just happy to have a female centered superhero show to sink their teeth into. Whichever camp you happen to live in, there are some new details being revealed about the upcoming series that may sway your feelings a bit. Specifically, some new plot details and characters seem to be drawing away from the source material. That’s right. Believe it or not, there will be some changes to a comic book property before it hits the small screen.
Now that you are over your shock at the prospect of a network changing the origins of a comic book character a bit, it’s time to discuss just what will be changing about Kara Zor-El (aka Linda Lee Danvers) when she hits the small screen. First, it appears that Supergirl’s new name will be…Kara Danvers. Here is a bit of background on the new television incarnation of the character:
Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.
The second piece of information that has been uncovered is the inclusion of a whole new character, Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, who is described as “Kara’s gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster sister”. Here is a bit more about the character:
Growing up, Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super.
Can you believe they are straying so far from the source material?!? It’s an outrage and how dare CBS make so many changes from the comic book origins?!? Just kidding. All joking aside, if you are a fan of the character, you will quickly realize that there isn’t much being changed when it comes to the story. Having the Kryptonian go by the moniker of “Kara Danvers” isn’t a game changer or a deal breaker, and giving her a sister, who will presumably be another strong female character, isn’t earth shattering. However, there are some who feel that these changes indicate that the show is already going to hell in a hand basket. To those people who absolutely must find something to complain about, I offer you this: the pilot was penned by Ali Adler, who you may remember also wrote for the ill-fated No Ordinary Family. Adler, of course, has written some great stuff, including eight episodes of the wildly popular series Chuck, but we will ignore that for a moment to let haters hate.
Honestly, I am excited at the prospect of this show. The last time we saw a female led superhero pilot, it was David E. Kelley’s absolutely horrible Wonder Woman adaptation, so it is high time audiences are presented with an awesome superheroine. While there is NO guarantee that Supergirl will be the show that fans deserve, at this point we also haven’t heard anything that should worry fans of the character either. Then again, I had hoped that the 1984 Supergirl movie would be awesome.
Give me a break – I was 6 when this trailer first hit and had no idea a Superman spinoff could be horrible. I openly admit I was wrong.
Are your hopes for the series dashed with the new information? Are you looking forward to seeing Kara Zor-El, sorry, Kara DANVERS on the small screen?