CBS has released a new ‘Supergirl’ trailer! Melissa Benoist will star in the title role. An interesting debate was brought up yesterday at the TCA presentation: why “Supergirl” rather than “Superwoman”? The character in the show is 24 years old, after all.
Executive producer Ali Adler said:
“[Superwoman is a] different character. She’s Supergirl because she’s Supergirl.”
Executive producer Greg Berlanti, who’s also an executive producer for ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ added:
We knew going in that Supergirl might imply a younger audience, but we felt we could take a powerful word back and participate in introducing that to a new generation and say that doesn’t just mean young or inconsequential. It should be strong and bold. That was our goal. One of the blessings of what we get to do is to introduce it to a new generation and that means changing key elements of the character and still keeping true to the core DNA of the character.”
Supergirl, who’s name is Kara Zor-El, is not impervious to everything but kryptonite like her cousin, Superman. She’s still learning and developing her powers, which gives the stories more dramatic potential. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained:
[The producers’ goal was] to put her in situations where she isn’t all-powerful so you can root for her. There’s a tendency with Superman to make him so powerful that there isn’t really any danger. There are plenty of things besides Kryptonite that can take her down. It’s not to diminish her, it’s to make it feel like there’s actual jeopardy to the show.”
That makes sense. I wonder if the issue of Superman being “all powerful” was part of what hampered the latest big screen Superman reboot (with Henry Cavill in the title role). ‘Man of Steel’ was the grimmest Superman story I’ve ever seen; I suspect the filmmakers were trying to find the dramatic potential there, too. I have high hopes for ‘Supergirl,’ however: both ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ are fantastic! Here’s the new trailer: