First look at CBS’ Supergirl is very promising


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I don’t know how the whole First Look video is but I watched the first minute and I couldn’t not stand it. The show might be good but I don’t think it’ll be for me.


#3

…for a long time in that video I was reminded of the SNL Black Widow parody.

Then she did awesome stuff and now it might be OK!


#4

I’m getting a strong Ally McBeal vibe from this, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The danger, I think, is if it focuses too much on the “cute girl, big city” trope and only uses the monster-of-the-week as a way of interrupting dates and work meetings — that’s just a different kind of problematic gender stereotype.

If they can hit the right balance, this could be good. Still, if we’re going to do a “super-heroine’s personal-life” tv series, I’d much rather see one based on the current run of She-Hulk.


#5

I think it looks good. Doesn’t take itself too seriously.


#6

A cheerful tone is fine, but this kind of show lives and dies by its writing. Sadly, I didn’t see anything terribly promising in that trailer. I found The Flash about as dull as Arrow, even though they take very different approaches.


#7

wow, this looks awful. I guess it’s aimed more towards a teen audience, like the flash or smallville.


#8

My inner kineticist frowns every time I see the “truck/car smashes around me” meme in these movies. That’s not how momentum works. She doesn’t weigh several tons, she should get knocked a fucking block by that truck. She won’t get injured, I get that. If she DOES weigh several tons, she should sink into the road. Bothers me when they pick up buildings and stuff too–shit crumples, yo.


#9

…also catching people falling from buildings and them not breaking all the bones in their bodies.


#10

One of the many made-up-on-the-fly-to-explain-something powers that Superman (and presumably Supergirl) gained over the years is “tactile telekinesis.” Basically anything they touch or hold doesn’t crumple even when they lift it by a single point because magic.


#11

Except for the trains that crumple around them every time they stand still. That’s because of their superpower called: “The audience is ignorant.”


#12

Weird, Jimmy Olsen is buff?


#13

How can DC possibly fuck this up?

…was the subject of a Supergirl strategy meeting over at DC. If they ever make a good television show it will be the first.


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I always rationalized the “truck/car smashes around me” as a corollary of their (Superman/Supergirl) flight powers: instead of movement (flight) they would fix themselves to a point of reference (i.e. the road).

Unfortunately most of the other intersections of super-strength and physics I find to be immersion breaking. I will admit I can put up with a fair amount of unintentional reality twisting before it becomes an issue but when they get it right (rarely) makes it that much sweeter.


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"it’s about time we had a female superhero who’s super jazzed about her powers. "

What about the cheerleader in heroes? She wasn’t necessarily always happy about being super but she wasn’t really the brooding assassin type.

This looks a bit too Ally McBeal/ Devil Wears Prada to be my cup of tea, but it’ll be great for people who were into those. For a court of super human law I also vote for She-Hulk series to be a thing please, up to at least the standard of Gotham (which is just my favourite thing at the moment).


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I was not impressed by the first minute either, but by the half-way point it was looking pretty good. Similar upbeat tone to The Flash, which has me optimistic. CGI looks a bit low budget, but it can be dealt with.


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