While Black Widow continues to be misused and underused in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a DC female hero who’s about to get her chance to shine on the small screen.
DC and Warner Bros. Television has created several successful properties in Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and the gone-too-soon Constantine. This fall, they’ll debut two new shows to its arsenal, including the Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow. But its other freshman show is unlike any other: Supergirl.
When the first trailer for Supergirl debuted last month, it was met with criticism as some felt it was too “parody-like.” It certainly didn’t help that a Black Widow parody featuring star Scarlett Johansson aired on Saturday Night Live the previous week, depicting the Marvel hero as the character in a chick flick with no other purpose than to be cute.
There were comparisons between that parody and the Supergirl trailer because the show’s hero, Kara Zor-El is someone whose personality is light and colorful, which was depicted in the six-minute trailer. For those the critiqued the tone of the show in the trailer, all they based that off of were Kara’s interactions in the “human” part of her life. But they failed to acknowledge that the trailer also depicted her as a brave woman who saved her city and took on the bad guys all while living under the pressure of what her cousin Superman had accomplished.
Yes, Supergirl is campy. But that’s what it’s supposed to be because it’s a reflection on the show’s hero. Just like Arrow is a darker show because of Oliver Queen and The Flash is light because of Barry Allen, Supergirl is the way it is because of its hero. And what’s so wrong with that?
While I love Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, there’s a lot of darkness in the DC television universe, even with The Flash that’s known as the lightest show on DC TV. Supergirl is just the show needed to balance out the scale. Of course there’s going to be darker moments in Supergirl — this is a comic book adaptation for crying out loud — but on the surface the show is not afraid to be exactly what it is.
Supergirl premieres Oct. 26 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.