It’s a bird, It’s a plane…IT’S ABOUT TIME
May 6, 2015
UPDATE: It’s official…SUPERGIRL TAKES FLIGHT ON CBS THIS FALL! Congratulations to all involved…now it’s up to the producers to promote this.
I have made a lot of posts about politics, sometimes sports and sometimes game shows. But this is one of my very rare posts about comic books. I am a fan of TV shows about the genre from the 1950’s charming Adventures of Superman to the camp of the 1966 Batman show with Adam West and 1970’s Wonder Woman with the amazonian Lynda Carter (who is still a wonder as she approaches retirement age!!!!!).
But not since Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman has a show come along that may offer fun for the family.
Now the CW’s The Flash might offer that with the story of the fastest man alive despite its dark undertones.
But now comes word Superman’s super cousin is headed to the small screen. This wouldn’t be her first rodeo. Supergirl, alias Kara-Zor El of Argo City was created in 1959 serving at first as Superman’s secret weapon before eventually she was shown to the world.
She went through many costume changes and yes had a big screen movie adaptation 31 years ago. Despite the presence and beauty of Helen Slater as Supergirl, the movie suffered from a ridiculous plot and rather over the top acting from the likes of Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway. And I also think Director Jeannot Szwarc gets dome of the blame as well trying to adopt Alexander and Ilya Salkind’s formulas which made at least the first two Superman films with the late Christopher Reeve work. The third one seems to be forgotten and the forth one…what forth one?
So Supergirl was reduced to animated appearances on the many cartoon shows seen in the late 90’s and 2000’s on Fox and the WB written and directed by the more than capable Paul Dini. Then on “Smallville”, which lasted over 10 years on the WB and later CW, Canadian Laura Vandervoort brought Kara to the small screen, although not in costume (show policy).
But now, after all these years, Supergirl will finally get her shot on TV. In a world of superheroes on TV which is reminiscent of the 1970’s (Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk and even Saturday morning’s SHAZAM! and Secrets of Isis) with the like of Flash, Arrow, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and Marvel’s Agent Carter, Supergirl is perhaps the biggest name to head to high definition. This blogger has been following a fansite dedicated to the new Supergirl TV show, which has been given a commitment of episodes from CBS called Supergirl.TV. It offers the latest in news, spoilers and pictures of the going’s on about the new show. Just in the last two days social media has seemed to blow up over pictures of actress Melissa Benoist (formerly of Glee, a show this blogger despised and didn’t watch) chosen to be Kara of Argo in the Supergirl outfit.
To be honest, this is a very fine choice. It shows modesty and beauty, not something overtly sexual like say Lynda Carter’s erotic dream enducing star spangled swimsuit.
Courtesy Facebook Wonder Woman ,One & Only Lynda Carter Fan’s Page
Here is another pic of Melissa in the outfit which seems like a mixture including one worn by Henry Cavill in an upcoming big screen movie offering a little smile.
Somehow all that was needed was Old Glory flying in the background. I say that because there were rumors AUSTRALIAN BORN Claire Holt was rumored as was BRITISH BORN and rather busty Gemma Atkinson. But instead they go with COLORADO-BORN Benoist, who by the way has something in common with Lynda Carter. They are both singers. Benoist of course in Glee, Carter once on Wonder Woman aside from many TV appearances and highly rated specials in the early 1980’s.
Now as mentioned I did not like or watch Glee, but there is something online which may have been a glimpse of what was to come. And let me say this to Lynda Carter, Melissa Benoist has a voice that is more powerful than a locomotive.
Back to the suit. One problem I have with it…the boots. They are a bit too knee high. A slight cut below the knee should help things out. I was hoping for a red skirt…CHECK Hoping for a cape…CHECK PLUS…good length. As mentioned social media, especially Twitter has blown up. Even past people who donned the tights liked what they saw. But chief among them was Helen Slater herself who posted after filming the pilot…
Now on the show, Supergirl has a sister named Alex (the two have the last name Danvers) played by Chyler Leigh.
Not so sure I would characterize Supergirl as a badass.
Meanwhile, more pictures are surfacing of Benoist in her citizen disguise of Kara Danvers. This is a problem for me. As a Supergirl fan I have always known her as LINDA Danvers or even Linda Lee. Now on The Incredible Hulk, Bill BIxby played David Banner as opposed to Bruce Banner and on The Flash, you see young Barry Allen, and on Wonder Woman, you have Diana Prince. There are some people on the web saying you might confuse the Kara Danvers name with that of Carol Danvers, alias the Marvel Comics heroine Miss Marvel.
Somehow in this pic I am getting a serious George Reeves buzz given the glasses.
Here above is another picture in the more business attire of the mild mannered assistant to media mogul Cat Grant (played in a curious choice by former Ally McBeal star and wife of Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart), carrying what looks like the tabloid like National City Tribune. I don’t think even John Hamilton (Perry White, Adventures of Superman) would have liked to have seen the Daily Planet go sensational journalism.
All I think we need is another iconic photo of Benoist involving the super suit…ripping open a shirt as to exclaim “This is a job…FOR SUPERGIRL!”
If the pilot gets out and sells the show for CBS, the commitment is expected. And if that doesn’t run into any Kryptonite, unlike what happened with NBC’s Ill-fated Wonder Woman pilot a few years ago, Supergirl should be flying onto the scene by this fall.