It's not a bird.
It's not a plane.
It's not a MAN.
I'm kind of obsessed with superheroes these days (and yes, I blame the book I'm writing). But I'm especially into well-written, well-rounded superheroines. Because as much as I love princesses, I also love young girls being told they can save the world.
This past week, the first trailer for CBS's new show, Supergirl, was released.
It immediately got a lot of backlash because it seems too much like a "rom-com" or like the SNL parody of a Black Widow movie. I know next to nothing about the comics, so I'm going to trust a lot of YouTube commenters, and Twitter commentators, and Tumblr bloggers who said this: Supergirl is supposed to be more optimistic, more cheerful, and lighter.
And truth be told, it's refreshing. Don't get me wrong - I love The Avengers, but sometimes, especially these days, superhero stuff is very gritty and dark. I'll take sunshine and a girl with powers who accepts them and doesn't bemoan her talents. Plus, I think there's going to be a strong sister focus, and her female boss seems to be pretty strong and empowering, and the rumored/likely love interest is black.
I am so excited for this show, more than you guys could ever know. So I'm just going to share some gifs of my favorite moments from that trailer (in case you don't have time to watch it since it's like 6 minutes long).
(Look at that little sunshiney smile. Optimistic superheroes are the bomb.)
(You go, Kara.)
(I know people are picking on the costume, but I love it. Feminine, but appropriately covered [so many female superhero costumes show an unnecessary amount of skin, particularly for someone who's fighting crime] and fairly safe too. Apart from the cape. I love capes, but Edna Mode pointed out the hazards of them.)
(Look at her go!)
I couldn't pick just one gif from this set, so I'm going to link to where I reblogged it on my Tumblr. All the points to Cat Grant.
And give Supergirl a chance. I agree that a little more racial diversity is important, but that trailer was literally only the pilot (and maybe the second) episode. They still have to film most of the episodes. Plus, we're already seeing what looks like a strong female role model. And isn't that what young girls today need?