Get Your First Look at Supergirl With This 6-Minute Teaser

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Get Your First Look at Supergirl With This 6-Minute Teaser

Supergirl follows the adventures of Kara Danvers - AKA Kara Zor-El - a 24 year-old Kryptonian struggling with her budding superpowers.

Supergirl, first announced back in September 2014, is coming to CBS this year, and now we've gotten our first decent look at it. As part of it's Upfront event, CBS has debuted a 6-minute trailer focusing on highlights from Supergirl's pilot episode. The series follows the adventures of Kara Danvers - AKA Kara Zor-El - a 24 year-old Kryptonian cousin of Superman struggling with her budding superpowers.

Arrow and The Flash's Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are among the new series' executive producers, which is set to premier this November. The trailer shows Kara struggling with her boring office job, as well as dishing out punishment in her Supergirl alter-ego.

The reaction among the internet has been mixed, with many irate fans comparing it to Saturday Night Live's intentionally sexist Black Widow parody, while others applauding the decision to make a show focused entirely on a female superhero.

When we first saw Supergirl's costume, it was also revealed that Helen Slater and Dean Cain, who played Supergirl and Superman respectively in other film and TV projects, had been cast for the pilot, though at the time we didn't know what roles they would be playing. Now, we know that they will be Fred and Sylvia Danvers - Kara's adoptive human parents.

Source: CBS

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Really the only thing that makes this similar to the Black Widow parody is the job/boss situation she's portrayed as having. It barely has any romantic aspect, certainly not on the same level as the Ultron joke. Also she actually does superhero stuff.
Between those large discrepancies I'd say the comparison is unfair, though on the surface it is unfortunatelyvery tempting to compare them regardless. And people will complain about anything given the opportunity.

Looks cool overall to me. Traditional comic stuff, a bit of chick flick stuff, even the effects don't look too bad.

I don't know where to stand on this one, but overall I did not enjoy this preview. I get this is a female superman, but I don't know why they had to play the girl comedy show angle so hard. Maybe it's just the preview but the tone seems all over the place and it bothers me. I'm not asking for a Dark Knight, but they should have gone for a more serious tone.

It's really tough to get a read on this. A lot of hit, a lot of miss. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

The superhero bits look fun, not sure about the rest of it

I am so disappointed. I just don't even.

They can't even say her name properly. The costume design is terrible and they should've used the New 52 costume.

She does not have the proper body type, she is not athletic at all, where is the muscle?

Supergirl is supposed to be a "cool" girl, this girl is the polar opposite.

Don't even get me started on the plot itself.

*Sigh*

I cringed so much that I had to stop watching after she said "oh, come on!" Only the magician named Gob can pull that line off!

That was just eurgh. Why do they keep hinting at Superman the entire time, its distracting and takes away from Kara's spotlight I feel. The tone jumps around but I will wait until the show because they may just want to showcasing a wide variety of things. It also feels like they are taking every single female comedy trope in the book and we will wait to see how it turns out. That being said I am not the target audience with this, females are. So if I don't enjoy this series but women do, then there is no issue.

That lesbian line though. Really. I really hope that character ends up being a total sleeze ball later and not just some lame ass trying to get out of the 'friend zone'.

I can't believe that guy is accusing her of being a lesbian.

I hope the show is good, because I'm pretty excited to watch it. Definitely reminds me of the Black Widow SNL stuff, but hopefully we can get a really strong Supergirl that anyone can appreciate.

"Intentionally HILARIOUS" Black Widow parody, you mean.

And yes, it's kind of similar. But then, what do people expect from gender-flipping Clark Kent? That's all this seems to be, with added sister for some of that sisterhood. And obnoxiously po-mo wink-wink "knowing" about it too.

See, this is what happens when people go "Why can't character X be a GIRL for a change?" and some clueless network exec takes them at their misguided word. As opposed to creating a superheroine in her own right. It ain't super.

Yan007:
I don't know why they had to play the girl comedy show angle so hard.

Might have something to do with the negative backlash the recent Superman movie generated.

008Zulu:

Yan007:
I don't know why they had to play the girl comedy show angle so hard.

Might have something to do with the negative backlash the recent Superman movie generated.

This, combined with the fact that The Flash all so has a lighter, slightly comedic bent to it and has been pulling in over 3.5 million on the CW suggests people want more light-hearted superheroes.

Overall I enjoyed the trailer. Found bits of it pretty funny and really glad it looks as if they're skipping the whole "keep secret from friends" crap that drags these stories down. Will definitely keep an eye out for it in the autumn.

I don't read DC, but people who do have said this is actually tonally faithful to the comics. Although, she's apparently going under the name Kara Danvers instead of Linda Danvers (comic alias) which should cause for some confusion when Captain Marvel comes out.

StatusNil:
"Intentionally HILARIOUS" Black Widow parody, you mean.

And yes, it's kind of similar. But then, what do people expect from gender-flipping Clark Kent? That's all this seems to be, with added sister for some of that sisterhood. And obnoxiously po-mo wink-wink "knowing" about it too.

See, this is what happens when people go "Why can't character X be a GIRL for a change?" and some clueless network exec takes them at their misguided word. As opposed to creating a superheroine in her own right. It ain't super.

You know supergirl has been a character for about six decades, right?

I might watch a few episodes but it does not look like it's targeted at me.

I applaud the risk and "investment" they're making into stereotypical female viewers to get them into the DC scene.

If it works, it'll be great... if it fails, be prepared for even more status quo.

I mean, this is WB trying REALLY hard to pander to females. If it doesn't pull through I don't know how long it'll be until another company attempts similar.

mrverbal:

StatusNil:
"Intentionally HILARIOUS" Black Widow parody, you mean.

And yes, it's kind of similar. But then, what do people expect from gender-flipping Clark Kent? That's all this seems to be, with added sister for some of that sisterhood. And obnoxiously po-mo wink-wink "knowing" about it too.

See, this is what happens when people go "Why can't character X be a GIRL for a change?" and some clueless network exec takes them at their misguided word. As opposed to creating a superheroine in her own right. It ain't super.

You know supergirl has been a character for about six decades, right?

Nope, in my ignorance I thought it was more like five and a half decades. Which I don't think is particularly relevant to what this show is obviously doing, which pretty much amounts to a "what if Clark Kent was, like, a total GIRL?" thing. That's old comedy cliche territory.

Did anyone notice that they kinda avoided saying the word "Superman" in that trailer? Is this going to be like in Flash and Arrow where they just danced around the fact that Batman might exist in the same universe?

Captcha: the extra mile

Indeed, captcha.

I'd call this playing it too safe and "been there, done that" on TV dramas
Would rather have seen a PowerGirl series or the Huntress.

It looked fun. I'll give it a watch.

murrayb67:
I don't read DC, but people who do have said this is actually tonally faithful to the comics. Although, she's apparently going under the name Kara Danvers instead of Linda Danvers (comic alias) which should cause for some confusion when Captain Marvel comes out.

Kara was the original Supergirl who was killed off in Crisis on Infinite Earths (and later revived blah blah blah comics are weird things happened).

Linda Danvers was a new Supergirl introduced in the late 90s, fused with a Supergirl created by Lex Luthor, named Matrix, from an alternative universe, unfused, meet the Kara Supergirl, things happened and she was basically put on the shelf until a short appearance later on in another unrelated series and hasn't been heard from since. COMICS!

CrazyBlaze:

murrayb67:
I don't read DC, but people who do have said this is actually tonally faithful to the comics. Although, she's apparently going under the name Kara Danvers instead of Linda Danvers (comic alias) which should cause for some confusion when Captain Marvel comes out.

Kara was the original Supergirl who was killed off in Crisis on Infinite Earths (and later revived blah blah blah comics are weird things happened).

Linda Danvers was a new Supergirl introduced in the late 90s, fused with a Supergirl created by Lex Luthor, named Matrix, from an alternative universe, unfused, meet the Kara Supergirl, things happened and she was basically put on the shelf until a short appearance later on in another unrelated series and hasn't been heard from since. COMICS!

Ha, thanks!

Was that before or after Superboy Prime punched reality? That's pretty much when I gave up on DC.

I actually quite like this...

Supergirls alter ego seems to work, she seems like a normal college graduate or person of a similar age doing a crap job for people she doesn't really like just to get a foot in the door. So like most graduates. She's a stereotypical girly girl. This also works.

I also like that the main issue the U.S. Army or whoever have with Supergirl helping them isn't that she's a woman, she's an extraterrestrial.

And finally, the boss lady could be a plastic straight out of mean girls, and I bloody love that film

Also, James (Jimmy) Olsen.

It's very Alley McBeal isn't it.

murrayb67:

CrazyBlaze:

murrayb67:
I don't read DC, but people who do have said this is actually tonally faithful to the comics. Although, she's apparently going under the name Kara Danvers instead of Linda Danvers (comic alias) which should cause for some confusion when Captain Marvel comes out.

Kara was the original Supergirl who was killed off in Crisis on Infinite Earths (and later revived blah blah blah comics are weird things happened).

Linda Danvers was a new Supergirl introduced in the late 90s, fused with a Supergirl created by Lex Luthor, named Matrix, from an alternative universe, unfused, meet the Kara Supergirl, things happened and she was basically put on the shelf until a short appearance later on in another unrelated series and hasn't been heard from since. COMICS!

Ha, thanks!

Was that before or after Superboy Prime punched reality? That's pretty much when I gave up on DC.

Before. That was Infinite Crisis. 2005ish I think off the top of my head.

First Superman movie turns out really dark and gritty. Official voices declare humor to be out of bounds for DC projects in general.
People bitch and moan.

Supergirl series appears to reintroduce the concept of levity, completely in harmony with the source material's main character.
People bitch and moan. -__-

The internet really does know what it wants.
It wants things to complain about.

This trailer made me cringe a lot. It's Not-Ugly Betty with superpowers. Also, I've seen cosplayers who look more convincing.

I don't know if that's how she was in the comics because I didn't read them, but I remember liking her character in the 90s Superman cartoon.

I'm going to be just positive about this.

I liked it. The on-the-nose positive and fun way they're spooling this out is a breath of fresh air in superhero country. No dark and broody grim-ness.

If they don't overdo it, this just might be a very entertaining series to watch.

Looks as though she is interested in actually saving people, so it is a step up from Man of Steel. But overall I thought the preview was hit and miss. Maybe with an actual arc it'll seem less inconsistent in tone.

This looks fine.

At least it's having a bit of fun with itself. There also doesn't seem to be the usual secret identity angle, everyone just knows who she is and is fine with it. So none of that 'the love interest is in love with the alter ego, but not the secret identity'.

It does seem to go for more of a specifically female audience, which I don't know if this is seen as a good or a bad or a sexist thing. Or if me saying that it seems to be targeted specifically toward women is sexist. These days I can't really be sure anymore. It just looks like they're going for that Ally McBeal type atmosphere, and for a character like Supergirl I think that's a nice fit.

That lesbian joke was a groaner though. Hollywood really needs to put that joke to bed. In every comedy where a character is about to make a big revalation about themselves there's always the frikking gay misunderstanding shtick. Looks like it's just a one-off, but still, knock that shit off.

They'll also have to dance around the fact why the hell Superman isn't around. You'd think Kara would want get in contact with her only blood relative.

Anyway, it looks like harmless fun.

Sonicron:
First Superman movie turns out really dark and gritty. Official voices declare humor to be out of bounds for DC projects in general.
People bitch and moan.

Supergirl series appears to reintroduce the concept of levity, completely in harmony with the source material's main character.
People bitch and moan. -__-

The internet really does know what it wants.
It wants things to complain about.

http://m.hitfix.com/motion-captured/why-dcs-serious-superman-may-give-marvel-the-big-screen-edge

No jokes is only in reference to the cinematic universe. It's been said numerous times that tv shows have carte blanch over whatever tone they want to set or what they want do because none of them tie into the cinematic universe.

OT: this teaser isn't meant for me. I cringed pretty hard throughout.

Sonicron:
First Superman movie turns out really dark and gritty. Official voices declare humor to be out of bounds for DC projects in general.
People bitch and moan.

Supergirl series appears to reintroduce the concept of levity, completely in harmony with the source material's main character.
People bitch and moan. -__-

The internet really does know what it wants.
It wants things to complain about.

Or if you actually cannot understand that the internet as a unified voice does not exist and instead consists of millions of people with millions of opinions, the blame might be on you.
It's really simple: You cannot satisfy everyone, so naturally there will always be poeple who do not like certain things. Really no reason to make a fuss about.

God that costume looks bad. The Skirt...
Superman is a rather boring hero, I don't think Supergirl will be any different. Well, good luck with that.

b.w.irenicus:
Or if you actually cannot understand that the internet as a unified voice does not exist and instead consists of millions of people with millions of opinions, the blame might be on you.
It's really simple: You cannot satisfy everyone, so naturally there will always be poeple who do not like certain things. Really no reason to make a fuss about.

A valid point, and one I very much understand - I've been hanging out here far too long for me not to. However, even just skimming the surface of most posts in any given thread like this one indicates to me that the naysayers are very much a vocal majority (if not an actual one), and it gets irksome.

Mind you, more positive voices on this thing seem to be coming out of the woodwork, so maybe I'll get proven wrong for a change. A refreshing thought.

circularlogic88:
http://m.hitfix.com/motion-captured/why-dcs-serious-superman-may-give-marvel-the-big-screen-edge

No jokes is only in reference to the cinematic universe. It's been said numerous times that tv shows have carte blanch over whatever tone they want to set or what they want do because none of them tie into the cinematic universe.

OT: this teaser isn't meant for me. I cringed pretty hard throughout.

... Say what?? None of the tie into the cinematic universe??
We see snippets of Superman in this teaser, and he keeps getting name-dropped all over the place. Well... referenced, at least. Even the family crest explanation from the movie is reiterated. It's all fairly unavoidable given the source material, of course, but that doesn't change the facts.
If they still stand by what they said (as printed in the source you provided) then the direction they're taking Supergirl in is a massive cop-out at the very least. 'Separate from the movie-verse' my voluminous buttocks!

I don't hate it - I think it's a smart move to distance itself from the dour MOS and move towards the well-received Flash - but damn it's an interesting contrast watching it with the sound off first and just seeing the basics of a young woman coming into her own as a hero. But then there's actually *hearing* the lamp-shading, forced self-justification ("We're calling her "Girl", stop hating, you people who have legitimate concern for why grown men aren't called "Boy"), pop soundtrack, and bafflingly casual dismissal and subjugation of a woman WHO STOPS A PLANE FROM CRASHING. Seriously, her boss knows she can literally snap her in two and she's still talking down to her? Army-guy doesn't trust aliens but leaves a publically exposed super-being to do whatever instead of helping? Again, the tone in itself is not a bad thing, but I'm seeing potential for a lot of plot-holes and grating self-aware dialogue that, even if it's well-received just by its concept, is going to make it difficult to watch.

If it gets the arrow/flash treatment it should be pretty good, the trailer makes it look like some sort of hannah montana kind of shite, hopefully that is the not the direction it will head for the series.
Only time will tell...

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