When DC announced they were bringing back Supergirl as a TV series with the help of CBS Productions, I was really hoping to see a creation that would deliver something Hollywood has consistently failed to do, and what I saw was beyond any of my expectations.
No superheroine in the movies has ever been what I’d call admirable or bad-ass; for me they’re verifying degrees of the same basic idea Hollywood has been rerunning for years, good looking girl, tight costume, buildings on fire and a short lived adrenaline rush, in doing so I feel they’ve reduced the superheroine to nothing more than eye-candy to boost sales, and girls haven’t had strong female lead to call a roll-model.
When the original Supergirl was introduced into a comic series in 1959, public and fan reaction was very positive, she continued to make appearances and eventually got her own comic series, however; the Supergirl most people remember was from the movie in 1984, which completely tanked, ever since then; Supergirl disappeared and was almost written off altogether, right up until the moment DC and CBS brought her back to life.
Movies and TV shows that over-do the special effects so much that it starts to hinder the story don’t stay with you for very long, they keep getting replaced and the predecessors are eventually forgotten, a story with substance that can connect with the audience on an entertainment – and emotional – level will be something you’re more likely to remember, and want to watch again.
Movies that made me cry, made me scared, made me feel like I was living the events with the characters, that will always be better than short lived hype.
It’s refreshing to see a superhero with her own show without needing a male hero constantly by her side, which is a common misconception that is changing, although it has felt like social acceptances have been taking steps backwards. There are plenty of male superheros young boys can look up to, but female heroes for a long time have been geared towards male cinematic viewing.
I think it is important for children, teens, even adults to have a role-model, the guys have plenty to choose from, but I feel like girls are pushed and molded towards a select number of celebrates who really shouldn’t be considered as such.
For me a role-model has to be someone talented, beautiful, kind-hearted, independent and a master in badassery, Melissa Benoist/Supergirl, completely embody that.
I don’t always see Supergirl as a separate character, Melissa Benoist is such an inspiration; that for the most part I see Supergirl as an extension of her, and I can’t think of anyone more suited to the role, both standing up for justice, making peoples voices herd and doing anything to try to make the world a better place.
Herself and Supergirl are first superhero’s parents wouldn’t mind their daughters embracing as a role-model.
Finally, a kick ass super, (girl)!