Our post-millennial magnificent obsession with Superheroes, be they Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, has led to a pretty awesome sub-genre of cool superhero chicks. We fanboys have been panting or drooling over “superhotties” like Mrs. Fantastic, Black Widow and, yes, most definitely Storm, for over a decade now.
But it wasn’t until CBS announced a new series for this fall that we started thinking about Supergirl for the first time in years, which we think is crazy because, simply put, she is absolutely the greatest of all time female hero. Honestly, no other lady character even comes close to matching her achievements.
Sure, Mrs. Fantastic has got a pretty amazing contortionist act going on (which might be fun in bed, but as a long term super-power seems pretty weak). Black Widow doesn’t even have a superpower; at the end of the day she’s just a kick-ass spy. Mystique is wicked awesome but, seriously, not only is she a villain but even Magneto seems scared of her crazy ways. And please don’t get us started on classic pretenders to the throne like Bat Girl or the MC2 parallel universe’s Spider Girl. Not. Even. Close.
No. In the pantheon of awesome “Super Chicks” there can be only one. Her name is Supergirl and here’s why.
10.The Superman Connection
If we’re talking about the classic Supergirl of the comics, the most enduring iteration of the hero created in 1959, then we’re not sure how anyone can argue with this one. First of all, most comic book fanatics know that Superman is the greatest superhero. It stands to reason, then, that his little cousin is pretty damn awesome, too. She is family after all. She’s from the same world. She’s got the same genes. She can do just about everything Superman himself can do – a fact that she will be happy to share with you. Yeah, that’s right; Supergirl’s got an attitude too. All of this means she’s basically a hot version of the guy who puts all other superheroes to shame. In fact, as the two of them have shown more than once, this is definitely one family you don’t want to mess with.
9. Supergirl Has the Coolest Alter Egos
Just like her older and more famous cousin, Supergirl is forced to life live under an alias to hide her true powers and origin. First as orphan Lana Lee, then as high schooler Lana Lee Danvers, the original Kara Zor-El masks her true identity until assuming the mantle of herohood. Then things get fun. Because DC killed her off only to bring her back we get lots of alternate Supergirls. There’s the awesome Matrix, a protoplasm created by Lex Luthor (the ‘good’ Lex Luthor) and full of Supergirl’s memories. There’s Cir El, who claims to be the daughter of Superman and Lois Lane. Someone called Powergirl who is really Supergirl running around in one of the DC universes (again, don’t ask). She shows up fighting evil in a mini “Bottle City” as Flamebird. There’s even a battle royale between two versions of Supergirl at some point; just don’t ask us when. What other female Superhero can say that?
8. Supergirl Saved Superman
For a seemingly invincible character, Superman sure does run into his fair share of trouble. Since he is the gold standard of superheroes, it’s a good thing his little cousin often seems to be around to help him out of a jam. It only seems like Supergirl saved Superman in every issue of every comic she was ever in that feature the Man of Steel. However, she did sacrifice herself to save him from Kryptonite meteor in her very first appearance ever in the DC comics universe. In her last appearance (in the Infinite Crisis universe) she saved him again and seemingly sacrificed herself permanently. It doesn’t get much more hardcore than that for a super hero. Fortunately, as in all comic book/super hero movie universes, dying in one story line doesn’t necessarily mean you’re really dead. Supergirl would come back to save Superman again later in her career.
7. Supergirl Always Saves The World
It’s one thing to save your big cousin. But you’re usually not much of a superhero until you’ve saved the world. Or at least a city or two. It’s pretty hard to beat Supergirl in this category if you’re a run of the mill female character. For Supergirl, just like her more famous relation, saving people, planes, cities, worlds and even the occasional cat in a tree is all in a day’s work. Back in the Silver Age of comic books, Supergirl saved the world plenty of times. But really, who needs to look further back than the 1984 Supergirl movie when she saved us all from an evil Faye Dunaway as the witchy “Princess of Earth.” Thank you, Supergirl, thank you.
6. The Archetypal “Girl Next Door”
Everyone knows that the girl next door is the coolest and hottest cliché ever. It’s appropriate, then, that our heroine absolutely nails that one. Born on Krypton with the suitably alien name Kara Zor-El (sound familiar, Superman fans?), she arrives on Earth as Linda Lee where she spent her early years in a National City orphanage. Yes, the innocent, helpless orphan actually lived in a place called National City. How fitting. Later adopted by a rocket scientist Dad – shocking, we know – Linda becomes Linda Lee Danvers and soon smites the hearts of the boys at National City High School with her long, blonde hair and natural charm. The best part of all this backstory is that, in every teenage fanboy’s ultimate fantasy, that girl next door is really from…wait for it… outer space. Cue awesome theme song.
5. The Best Super Powers
So… if Supergirl is related to Superman then she’s probably got similar super powers, right? Right. In fact, she’s got exactly and particularly the same powers as the Man of Steel; powers she’s not afraid to use on anyone who gets in her way; powers no one else on Earth or beyond can even dream of having. Okay, maybe some people, like Lex Luthor or Batman, dream all the time about having them but you know what we mean. Powers like: Flight, Super Speed (Supergirl can move so fast it seems like she’s standing still), X-ray vision, Heat Vision, Freeze Breath and a little something called Superhuman Strength. You think Storm is cool because she can, like, control the weather? Supergirl controls gravity. Pretenders like Mrs. “I’m super-flexible” Fantastic don’t stand a chance. Oh yeah, just in case all of that wasn’t enough, she also has a power called Invulnerability. Kind of hard to top that one. Just saying.
4. Superhero Fashion Sense
We all know the best fashion statement is sometimes the simplest – think classic black tie. Well, in the world of superheroes, there really isn’t something more classic than that big red “S” emblazoned across Superman’s chest. Everyone knows what that means. Only crazies want to mess with it. Talk about branding; the Superman logo is known everywhere. No wonder, then, that Supergirl would simply appropriate the same costume. Why mess with a good thing? The Bat can keep his leathers and Spidey can keep his spandex. Heroes from Krypton roll with red capes, red boots and a whole lotta style.
3. Supergirl Cannot Die
Though DC decided to kill Supergirl off back during the Crisis on Infinite Earths days (which were just as awesome as they sound) and focus on Superman as the only survivor from Krypton, but our heroine couldn’t be rid of that easily – no way! Instead, tons of different would-be heroes like the Matrix and Cir-El stepped into the void her death created and claimed to be Supergirl. She proved to be such an endearingly popular character that the “Girl of Steel” was formally reintroduced into the DC universe in the 2000’s (please don’t ask how) and the new CBS TV show is even contemplating sending her into crossover territory with the Arrow and Flash series. Long Live Supergirl!
2. Supergirl Story Strong Through The Years
We don’t know about you but we have a soft spot for classic superheroes. Supergirl’s been around since the Silver Age of comics and she has never stopped being relevant to the DC Universe. Unlike lesser characters who stick around only in side stories (Batgirl again) or who even gain notoriety for a while (think Black Canary), she’s been an integral part of the Superman/DC story line since her beginnings. And, yes, there’s plenty of modern superheroes and anti-heroes floating around in today’s graphic novels but Supergirl’s an OG. She deserves her claim to fame because she’s put in the time and effort to enjoy it.
1. Invincible And She’s Only A Teenage Girl
This is the ultimate reason why Supergirl is the greatest superhero of all time. She is, for a lot of her existence, just a teenage girl. Has anyone met a teenage girl recently? Talk about people who suffer from mood swings, random acts of craziness and an insane amount of poor critical-thinking choices. Your average teenage girl’s decision-making process often seems about as normal as those of your average arch-villain. Couple that sort of behavior with the fact that Supergirl has more legitimate super powers than the entire rest of the League of Justice combined and chew on that for a while. Would you tell her she couldn’t go to the mall? Or that curfew was before midnight? Would anybody in their right mind do or say anything to piss off Supergirl? We think not. Not if you wanted to avoid the world’s worst meltdown. Fortunately for comics and TV fans everywhere, master criminals usually aren’t quite sane either.
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