While DC Comics heroes are very serious on the big screen, they’re much lighter and comic-booky on television. Supergirl embraces its comic book roots and keeps things light and breezy – and it’s all the better for it.
Melissa Benoist is Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers aka Supergirl, older cousin to Kal-El (aka Clark Kent aka Superman) and she’s sent to protect him just before the destruction of Krypton. However, she’s blasted onto the Phantom Zone and arrives on Earth 24 years too late to be a protector because by the time she shows-up he’s already Superman. Kara hides her powers and identity and goes to live a normal life, working in National City for media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart aka Mrs Harrison Ford)). However, she decides to use her powers for good, slapping a big red ‘S’ on her chest (actually the crest of the House of El) and joining her cousin to fight for truth, justice and the American way (other ways and nationalities now accepted). Things get off to a rocky start – saving the planet isn’t easy – but soon she’s working for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (aka DEO), fighting all sorts of super villains.
Supergirl comes with a lot of nods and easter-eggs for Superman fans (Helen Slater aka…er…Supergirl plays her earth mother) and James aka ‘Jimmy’ Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) is a major character and confident for Kara . It’s very old-fashioned in its outlook and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In many ways the show shares the same feel and tone of the ’90s Superman series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Dean Cain aka Superman aka Clark Kent even plays Kara’s adoptive Earth Father). It’s a female focused superhero show and Melissa Benoist makes for a plucky heroine, who has trouble getting to grips with her new identity. In fact, she’s a bit like Ally McBeal (aka Calista Flockhart)
Movies In Focus isn’t the target audience for Supergirl (too male, too old), but it would make cracking viewing for a 13 year old girl who is eager for a hero to aspire to. It’s a fun show with enough action and comedy to keep viewers entertained and the special effects aren’t bad for the small screen. It might not soar to the heights of a lot of modern television but it makes for great viewing for its target audience.
Supergirl comes with a nice selection of documentaries, a gag reel and deleted scenes. Nice.