Given that it’s now 2017 and the world has progressed a bit beyond the classic paranoia and dislike of LGBTQ people and issues, it’s somewhat surprising to learn that a former fan of The CW’s Supergirl felt it necessary to complain on Twitter regarding the show’s recent revelation and coming out of a main character. Unfortunately, that’s what went down just a few days ago when Twitter user @TaronYoung complained to a Supergirl Twitter page about having to explain homosexuality to his 7 and 10-year-old children.
Believe it or not, but a simple text can save the entire world. Of course, that text should probably include the “S”/ Superman / Supergirl symbol (“S” = hope) for the brainwashed masses of National City – locked into mindless drone mode by a Kryptonian weapon, Myriad – to shake it off and become their beautifully individual, idiosyncratic selves all over again. All of that happens within the first ten minutes of Supergirl’s stirring, emotion-lade season ender, “Better Angels.” All it takes is Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) – inspired by one of Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) seemingly endless supply of pep talks – giving a heartfelt speech to the Kryptonian-controlled citizens of National City about the paramount value of individuality, hope, and the “everyone is a hero” thing for Myriad’s hold over National City’s citizens to break, if only temporarily (temporarily because we still have 30-odd minutes to go in the season finale). (more…)
Poor, poor Emily. We hardly knew her. Actually, no one knew her. It was a slight, modest shock when Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) name-checked poor Emily, a red-haired co-worker who takes a deep, fatal dive off the open balcony of CatGo Worldwide Media’s HQ. Supergirl doesn’t save Emily from the fall. She’s too busy saving James “Stop Calling Me Jimmy” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) And Winn Schott Jr. (Jeremy Jordan) when they simultaneously take deep dives of their own from adjacent balconies. No, Olsen and Winn haven’t joined a death cult – a grim-dark development too grim and too dark for the infinitely sunnier, brighter Supergirl – but they are under the influence of a mind-control weapon co-created and operated by Season 1’s Big Bad, Non (Chris Vance), a Kryptonian criminal and Kara Zor-El’s uncle.
While the Snyderverse and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice divides critics (to put it mildly) and entertains moviegoers (if this weekend’s box office is any indication), DC fans can turn to their HDTVs for brighter, more colorful, and ultimately more fun superheroes (the CW’s Nolanized Arrow excepted), specifically The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow (not necessarily in that order). Over less than two seasons, The Flash has brought wonder and awe, but mostly, camp-free fun that’s drawn generations of comic-book readers, moviegoers, and TV viewers to DC and Marvel’s bigger-than-life superheroes. While Marvel does the whole shared superhero universe across movies and TV, DC’s gone a different route, the multiverse route, with the big-screen, big-budget films in one shared universe, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow (all on the CW) in another, and Supergirl on CBS in a third. A superhero crossover might not have been inevitable (different networks and all), but it was certainly welcome, not to mention highly anticipated by The Flash and Supergirl’s overlapping fanbases (quick, someone draw up a Venn diagram). (more…)
We’re still a week a week away from quite possibly one of the most anticipated superhero team-ups on or off the big or small screen – no, not that (i.e., Batman v. Superman, coming to a multiplex near year in two or three days), but the other one – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the Flash (Grant Gustin) in “World’s Finest,” Supergirl’s 18th episode. In the meantime, viewers will have to settle for not quite the next best thing, the Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw’s (David Harewood) origin story in the spot-on titled “Manhunter.” Stuffed with flashbacks typical of uber-producer Greg Berlanti’s other superhero-centered TV shows (i.e., Arrow, The Flash), “Manhunter” not only fills in the details of the Martian Manhunter’s origin (the last survivor of a Martian genocide), but also his connection to the Danvers clan, including both Jeremiah (Dean Cain, TV’s Lois & Clark) and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) agent and Henshaw’s second-in-command, along with glimpses into young Kara’s difficult adjustment to life on Earth.
It’s red kryptonite time on episode 16, “Falling,” of TV’s Supergirl. Not to be confused with its far more well known cousin, green kryptonite (the krpytonite that saps Superman and his fellow Kryptonians of their superhuman strength, in effect making them mere mortals, however temporarily), red kryptonite has an entirely different effect on the affected Kryptonian. It might turn a Kryptonian into a thief of high-end electronics, compel him (or her) to wear a leather jacket, and even ride a motorcycle with a helmet or a regard for speed limits. In short, red kryptonite can bring out a Kryptonian’s inner (family friendly/PG-rated) bad boy or bad girl. In Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) case, it brings out the worst in her, making her not only her own worst enemy, but the enemy of National City too. Under the influence of red kryptonite, she’s bitter, resentful, and petulant, eager to throw off her benevolent, unselfish, world-saving persona for an unfiltered, self-indulgent, egotistical one. (more…)
The title of this week’s super-special Supergirl episode, “Solitude,” gives more than a hint about the heavy-handed theme Supergirl’s producers will inflict on patient, understanding viewers. Kara Zor-El, aka Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) has to relearn an early season, Oprah-lite life lesson, that Supergirl might be super-strong on her own, but that “stronger together” isn’t just a motto; it’s a way of (superhero) life. With her close friends, family, and the might of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), she’s all but unstoppable – or at least should be – in the alternate Earth/alternate universe (not to be confused with the DC Cinematic Universe or DCCU) where her much more famous cousin, Kal-El (aka Superman) never makes an appearance, except the occasional text or the use of the Fortress of Solitude, not at Superman’s behest, but Jimmy Olsen’s (Mehcad Brooks) express invitation. (more…)
In “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” the 14th episode of Supergirl’s uneven first season, a new super-powered player suddenly arrives in town. He doesn’t call himself the “Master Jailer,” but the promos – not to mention his comic-book origins – certainly do. It’s an incredibly unimaginative name for the Supervillain of the Week, but who are we to argue with a character’s comic-book origins? But if we look at him another way – as judge, jury, and executioner – he looks and sounds remarkably not like another DC or Marvel character, but Judge Dredd, the British import who’s made two two middling big-screen appearances in the last two decades. Armed with future-tech, including power gloves and literal chains, the Master (Blaster) Jailer captures and executes the alien prisoners who escaped the Fort Rozz prison ship. He shows no mercy, using a space-age guillotine to separate the criminals’ heads from their bodies. (more…)
Everybody’s super-excited about the super-crossover between Supergirl and The Flash, but that’s hardly the first, or even the latest major superhero character to appear on the former’s television program. Indeed, no shortage of Superman and Supergirl bad guys have turned up on Supergirl, and a fairly big one is winding up to be a thorn in the side of the Girl of Steel. The Silver Banshee, as you know, has been a not infrequent threat in the Superman family of comics, and if you’re at all familiar with the character, or even just glanced at the photo above, you will surely be impressed with Italia Ricci‘s transformation. (more…)
Death comes to Metropolis. Actually, death comes to National City, the in-all-but-name Metropolis stand-in on TV’s Supergirl. It’s veering into spoiler territory which character exits stage left, never to be seen again (except possibly in flashbacks or twinning of some sort), so look away now while you have a chance. All will be revealed below the fold. For now, however, we can talk about tonight’s very special “family” episode (by one conservative count, characters use the word “family” at least 157 times), “For the Girl Who Has Everything.” That girl, of course, is Supergirl and the everything describes her current double life as twenty-something executive assistant by day to Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart), National City’s most powerful women/CEO of CatCo Worldwide Media, her friendships, most notably Jimmy “Please, Please Call Me James” Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and the permanently friend zoned Winn Schott, Jr. (Jeremy Jordan), and Supergirl/Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), and second-in-command at the Department of Extra-Nornal Operations to Hank Henshaw/Martian Manhunter (David Harewood).