This review is part of the feature DC TV-U Summer Break 2016. We recommend you to read the introduction first.
I wasn’t expecting Supergirl to be on TV. Like ever. Let’s be honest, when it comes to create a TV Show, or even a movie, Supergirl isn’t the first name coming up. But one day I opened my browser and found out the trailer. More than a trailer, it was actually a 6 minute first look. I didn’t really know what to expect from the show, but to see another DC character on screen was enough reason to give it a try. I was skeptical at first, but after the first episodes it started improving.
You don’t have to watch the full trailer. It’s long, and I can understand it feels boring at some point. That’s what I felt too honestly. I mean, it mostly feels weird, but let me explain. We have the cousin of Superman, who’s equal to him. Now, the trailer focuses on the aspect of the goofy blonde assistant rather than on the Superhero. So the first impression is of a daylight, typical TV Show where superpowers don’t fit. As a DC fan, I was stubborn, and still gave it a try. I know many shared the first thoughts I did, and I don’t know if something changed for them. But after the first season, Supergirl convinced me.
The series had an awkward start. It took them a few episodes to start making sense, and to get characters and plot on the right track. I’ll be honest and say I’m not particularly familiar with Supergirl in the comics. So I’ll just comment about what works and doesn’t as a TV Show. Just like Superman, I’ve expected a bright universe. Daylight, light atmosphere, just like the Flash. That is well represented here. Also, just like the other TV Shows, we get a taste of a different villain every episode but with a following plot behind. And a recurrent enemy of Supergirl is her warrior aunt Astra who actually doesn’t exist at all in the comics. So we have the same vibe as in Gotham with Fish Mooney, and we get the same result. The character of Astra is well written, and the actor is brilliant. She’s actually playing the mother of Supergirl as well, since they are twins. It’s surprising how easily it is for the actress to switch from a character to another. While some characters will strongly remain good or evil, the actress of Astra doesn’t feel that way. It’s also due to the feelings the writers have chosen to deliver to the audience. Just like Supergirl, Astra lost everything. She’s a warrior who only wants her world and people to rise again.
But Astra is not the only great character. All of them are, and the show gets credit for showing every human side of them. We see all the characters acting in a way we either like or dislike. None of them are perfect, we can sympathize with one at one point only to dislike him or her with a passion straight after. On top of this, Supergirl is great and Melissa Benoist suits the role. She shows a strong Supergirl and embraces the character. Another amazing character is J’onn J’onzz. Yes, FINALLY we see the Martian Manhunter on screen, and he’s such a badass. There are differences from the comics, but he fits the plot and brings a lot to the series. He completes the other characters and helps in their evolution.
A TV Show like Supergirl also requires CGI. Of course it’s not Snyder’s Batman v Superman, but for this type of show, with spectacular fights in the air at high speed, the CGI is actually impressive and high quality. We get lasers, high advanced technologies, aliens, even flashbacks on Krypton. Not only they’ve succeeded on this challenge, but also on the Superman’s one. The biggest concern for the show was the feeling of Superman. He’s already on earth, in Metropolis, doing his thing. He shows up a few times, but we actually never see his face. It’s well done, and we can even witness some fun messenger-chat between Supergirl and his cousin. Even if this can sound all a bit cheesy, the fact they kept Superman hidden and only introduced him two or three times was a good choice. Supergirl has really managed to become independent, instead of being Superman’s shadow. Now I don’t know if this is because of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, but I liked it, and now I feel kind of disappointed to know that Superman will actually be in the Season 2.
I really enjoy the show and I think it has come a long way. I love to see Supergirl and J’onn J’onzz on screen. In my opinion, the show is even better than Arrow. And we had an incredible crossover with The Flash. Now the TV Show has been bought by The CW. First of all, I hope that it won’t lose in quality. Since the Flash is somehow similar to Supergirl, we can believe it will be just as great. Still, I don’t know why The CW decided to cast a Superman for the actual scenes. I don’t like the idea for now, because I don’t want Superman to steal the show. Also, I’m afraid it will all become too much, and way too cheesy. As I said, the Flashpoint is going to change a lot of things. At the moment, Supergirl is from Earth 3. We can hope it will change, and she’ll be in the same earth as the others. My only concern is Superman, but let’s see how it goes.
To me, this is Gold.