The trailer for the CBS produced Supergirl television show was released a few days ago. And for the first time ever, I found myself extremely disappointed by a show from the creators of The Flash and Arrow. The trailer revealed so much about the show that I felt like I had watched the entire pilot. And the more the trailer showed, the more disappointed I was in how the character was being handled. In a time in which a movie about a talking raccoon and tree could become a smash it at the box office, why haven’t we received a decent movie or show about a female superhero yet? And why is television falling in to a repetitive sinkhole of mediocre writing when it comes to women? Sure, nerds have Agent Carter to use as an example. But that’s Marvel once again knowing their audience. DC has only recently decided to actually make a Wonder Woman film after years of feeling the character wasn’t marketable enough, which speaks levels about how they feel about female comic book characters. So it seems like only a few television shows know how to actually write women as actual powerful characters. But unfortunately, Supergirl’s trailer seems like more of the same with a bigger budget than being on par with it’s male leading DC courterparts on the CW.
Those are my thoughts on the newly released trailer for Supergirl
in the City. But at the end of the day, I’m a male nerd in to comic books and professional wrestling. Perhaps I’m not their targeted audience. Although I’m extremely disappointed with how the show looks so far, I didn’t want to come off like one of those guys who love to bash Fifty Shades of Grey despite knowing that it was never meant for them. So I decided to show someone whom it was meant for, my wife. She’s not the biggest comic nerd, but she is a fan of both The Flash and Daredevil shows. So she has enough of an idea of what a comic book show could be with a male lead, but doesn’t know a lot about comic book characters in general. So she is basically what CBS is looking for as an audience.
I asked her to watch two trailers with me and submit her opinion afterwards. I gave her no information about the trailers other than the first one being a Saturday Night Live skit about a Black Widow movie, and the second one being a legitimate trailer for Supergirl. I avoided giving any kind of knowledge or expressing any personal opinions that would have an effect on how she viewed both trailers. She laughed at the Black Widow spoof because she understood what the skit was making fun of. But then she had this to say about the Supergirl trailer.
I am not impressed.Why does Supergirl work for in the fashion industry for a mean-spirited boss? I almost thought I was watching “The Devil Wears Prada.” And according to the show, it’s okay for a grown woman to be called a girl if she’s rich, hot, and powerful. That’s degrading. It seems that the writers and creators of this show have no idea how to write about women. We are capable of doing great things beyond walking around in high heels and carrying coffee. I wonder if Supergirl will focus on action and adventure, or designer clothes and dating woes.
That was a comment straight from the audience CBS is hoping to pull in. And to clarify why I had her to watch the SNL Black Widow skit, it seemed like everything the skit was mocking was in the Supergirl trailer. Take a look for yourself.
As a comic book fan, it’s disappointing that female characters are still receiving the same cliched treatment in a time in which television and theaters are filled with comic themed entertainment. I thought we’ve grown past this. The trailer my not represent the entire show. To be honest, we’ve been fooled before by good trailers for bad movies. This could possibly be the reverse. But if the show turns out to be just like the trailer, then CBS would have missed a huge opportunity to give DC an actual strong show based around one of their most well known female characters. And that is a shame.