‘Supergirl,’ starring Melissa Benoist in the title role, is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the new fall season and it, of course, follows the adventures of the Girl of Steel, one of the only survivors of the doomed planet Krypton. On Earth, Supergirl or Kara Zor-El has incredible powers including flight, super strength, invulnerability and heat vision, which she uses to help mankind and to battle evil. ‘Supergirl’ is based on the famous DC Comics hero… *sigh* but there’s no getting around the fact that this character as based on SuperMAN, the first comic book superhero and to the day possibly the most famous and recognizable.
In all fairness, you can’t really have Supergirl without Superman. The producers of the show are well aware of this and aren’t shying away from the connection. There are references to the Man of Steel and he will appear in obscured shots, but to be clear, this is Kara’s show and she will remain the focus.
Executive producer Sarah Schechter bluntly explained Superman’s absence saying:
“I think the reason why Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him. And it’s her show and it’s about her and he is just sort of a shadow in the back of her psyche, and I think that’s the right way to portray him because that’s how she experiences it.”
And just to clarify, the Superman in ‘Supergirl’ is unique to the show. Warner Brothers has flat out stressed that their movies will remain completely independent of any and all TV series.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stressed:
“It’s not the Christopher Reeve version. It’s not the Henry Cavill version. It’s a version of Superman and what he has gone through in the world that we live in and the things that he’s faced and what’s happened to him vis-a-vis how it reflects on Kara is all our invention.”
So enough about Superman! The show is called ‘Supergirl’ and hopefully folks will be tuning in to see a show about this lead character and not just hoping to see her famous cousin pop up.
Are you disappointed that Superman will basically be a shadow figure? Or were you hoping to see more of him on this series?
Just one more week to go! ‘Supergirl’ debuts on CBS October 26 at 8:30 pm Eastern/Pacific.