Anyone that’s even heard of a comic book knows about Superman. He can bend steel, he can fly, and if Man of Steel is any indication, he’s also a terrible actor. Less is known about his kin beyond his biological and adopted parents. This is where Supergirl enters. Supergirl is actually Superman’s cousin and has come to Earth escaping the havoc on Krypton. In the new CBS series, her character’s been revived to wreak havoc on the baddies in today’s modern age.
Generally, Supergirl is just another superhero trying to just live her life as quietly as she can while keeping National City clean. She’s kind of like one of those fugitives living in Switzerland who act normal, but could kill everyone in the room in just a few minutes. Fortunately for the entire world, she is committed to protecting people from villains who use their powers for evil.
Even without Superman in the picture, Supergirl has the moxy, skills, and ability that helps her deliver on her vision of a better world. The new series is destined to be a game-changer in the superhero genre because it infuses a modern look at an old classic. So, before getting started in that series and losing consecutive Monday nights this fall, get a primer on the 10 things you didn’t know about Supergirl.
10. The New Supergirl Series Is Already A Hit
Most of the other superheroes with their own television shows kind of fit the same mold. The Flash, Daredevil, Arrow, and countless other superhero shows on network television don’t exactly spouse diversity. The heroes are almost uniformly young, white males dashing through the night to save cats out of trees… well, that’s not true, but the point has been made. CBS knew that audiences were hungry for a different kind of superhero and this bet was right on the money. Supergirl’s premiere on October 26 ended up being the fall’s most watched television show. Who knew Krypton was a hotbed for acting talent? Eat that, Hollywood.
9. She’s an Alien, just like Superman
Just like her cousin, Superman, Supergirl also came from the planet Krypton when the whole place was getting just a little too war-torn for her to stay. The biggest difference between her and Superman though is that Supergirl came to Earth when she was 12 years old and not a baby. Like other 12-year-olds from foreign lands, she has some difficulty making that transition and she has a tendency to get into a bit more trouble than her goody-two-shoes cousin. Wouldn’t it be interesting if some immigration officer asked her for her papers to prove she’s a citizen and not an alien? That interaction when she laser blasts him into outer space for asking such a dumb question would be amazing.
8. Supergirl Has Crazy Powers
Supergirl can do anything that Superman can do. She can fly, she has super strength, super speed, and is completely indestructible. Imagine what it would be like to have Supergirl as a friend. Unlike Superman, who is like that one friend who is caught up in his own drama all of the time, Supergirl is probably a little more reliable in a fight. Superman is highly concerned with “saving lives” and “being a hero” and all that nonsense. Supergirl is down for whatever. If more people knew she was an ally, they would start a lot more fights in bars.
7. She’s Been Around For 60 Years
It’s easy to forget that Supergirl isn’t a new phenomenon that showed up only recently. It’s not as if she was cooked up in the back of a limo by television executives on their way to a brothel in 2005. She also wasn’t the result of years of market research and some internet company didn’t wonder about what her digital footprint would be in foreign markets. She was just a comic book character made up by comic book nerds. When did Supergirl make her first appearance to the entire world? 1959.
6. Her Villains Have Amazing Powers
Wouldn’t it be nice if Supergirl only had to deal with shoplifters or putting out fires? Instead, Supergirl has to put up with villains that are probably worse than every dictator put together. Some of them are human, like General Sam Lane, who doesn’t trust neither Superman nor Supergirl. The rest of them have powers like superhuman strength, can leap incredible distances, or take on an amorphous shape. There’s even a guy whose whole body is basically one, giant nuclear reactor. Would that guy use his abilities to power homes and reduce America’s reliance on fossil fuels? Of course not. If anybody can beat them though, Supergirl can.
5. CBS’ Supergirl Is The First Live-Action Production In 30 Years
The original Supergirl movie has plenty of similarities to CBS’ version, but there are some big differences. In the movie, Supergirl (Helen Slater) comes from Krypton and is Superman’s cousin. Nothing out of the ordinary. Supergirl had all of the same powers as her cousin, too. That definitely follows the character’s history. The biggest difference was that the movie was a total flop. It had a $35 million budget, but only pulled in around $14 million at the box office. Remember, this is the days before Netflix ate into movie profits and before video cameras were small enough for pirates to go to work. The new show is much more promising for advertisers, CBS, and fans.
4. She’s A Working Stiff
For anyone over 40, they remember Calista Flockhart as the lawyer with some serious personal problems on Ally McBeal. For anyone under 40, they must just be wondering why hasn’t anyone given that poor girl a hamburger. Nonetheless, Flockhart makes a comeback as Kara Danvers’ (Supergirl’s) boss at a media company. Apparently, she pushes Danvers’ around, looking to get the scoop on Supergirl, completely misunderstanding that her employee is a superhero. It just might be easier to deal with a horrible boss when a wave of a finger could obliterate her to smithereens. If Supergirl does that though, who’s going to sign her checks?
3. She’s Immortal
In the original comic book series, Supergirl gets into all kinds of trouble with supernatural baddies all across the galaxy. She’s attacked and captured throughout the original series and her fate almost becomes sealed near the end of its run when she’s launched into the sun like the world’s garbage will be in 1,000 years when there’s no room for it. Everyone thought she was a goner, but, lo and behold, she survives and it’s revealed she’s immortal. The only question is whether the Social Security Administration is prepared to pay her for the next 50,000 years. It’s a safe bet it’s not.
2. Her Character Has Gone Under Multiple Transformations
This latest version of Supergirl isn’t the first one. In fact, it’s not even the 10th one. Supergirl has evolved well beyond just comic books and movies. Her character has shown up in video games and even a number of songs that make reference to her. Even with the comic book series itself, the writers have fluctuated a lot. Early on, they made her a female version of Superman, then to what could only be described as a Halloween costume, and finally to something feminine and fierce in the new CBS series. If they run out of ideas, maybe they can make her a young girl in the big city with boy problems. That’s never been done before… wait, yes it has.
1. Her Future Is Unlimited
Most comic book characters have some sort of shelf life. Multiple actors have played questionable versions of Batman and, eventually, people will stop being able to relate with a one-percenter with identity issues. The Flash has one main superpower so he’s completely limited. Spiderman is a brooding hipster and God knows nobody likes them. Supergirl, however, has unlimited powers, immortal life, and her cousin is kind of a big deal. Plus, whether it’s to heat up their burritos with their eyes or save other humans, people will always ponder what supreme abilities is like. Supergirl is not just a character, but an ideal, in a kicky outfit.