CBS defied the odds with a cool looking Supergirl trailer
I have to admit, I have not been encouraged about the prospect of Supergirl coming to CBS. And given my almost psychotic obsession over TV shows based on comics (see: exhibit A), that says something.
To begin with, it’s CBS. The network isn’t exactly known for its cutting edge programs. It aims for the middle, with shows that attract audiences, but not conversations. They set no trends and push no boundaries. The network has a few good shows, but they aren’t exactly trendsetting.
I liked the casting of Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as Supergirl, but the images of her in the Supergirl suit just didn’t do it for me. It looked almost like satire. At the very least it looked like CBS was trying to emulate something it didn’t really understand. I remember hearing someone say that it looked like a mid-priced Halloween costume (if anyone knows where that quote came from, let me know and I’ll attribute it).
One thing it had going in its favor was that Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were overseeing it. Being a huge fan of Arrow and The Flash, I was more willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I even liked the idea of Supergirl existing in the same, shared universe as The Flash and Arrow. I don’t completely buy that happening – CBS does own a stake in CW, but having Superman and Supergirl in the same universe completely changes what those shows are doing – but it’s an interesting idea.
And by the way, Supergirl has confirmed that Superman will appear. He probably won’t be anything more than an occasional cameo, but it will be a new Superman, not connected to any existing cinematic or TV universe.
All of that said, the six minute trailer below is solid. In fact, I think I am now on board.
The tone is an interesting blend of superhero action and coming of age (twentysomething style). The costume looks a little less crappy too. Woo-hoo!
Most importantly though, it feels like the show is fun. It’s also a well made trailer that hits all the right notes, and Benoist offers that perfect balance of strength, vulnerability, and accessibility.
Supergirl will debut this fall on CBS. When it does, it will go head-to-head with Fox’s Batman prequel, Gotham.
Putting Supergirl against Gotham is a bizarre decision. There will certainly be some audience crossover between the two shows, so all they can do is hurt each other. Comics fans are a loyal bunch, and many would probably watch both shows. Granted, in today’s TV where services like Hulu exist, a schedule isn’t as big an issue as it used to be, but it’s still a weird call.
Check it out below and lets us know what you think in the comments below.