It’s finally here – Supergirl has released its first full trailer for the upcoming TV series… and it’s a bit of an odd one.
Heading to CBS this Autumn, Supergirl gave us our first look at the upcoming series yesterday with a rather revealing trailer. Starring Melissa Benoist in the title role, it’s one of the most interesting TV trailers we’ve seen in a while.
But I’m not sure it’s for all the right reasons.
Supergirl follows the exploits of 24-year-old Kara Danvers – the cousin of Superman whose real name is Kara Zor-El. Possessing the same superpowers as her more famous cousin, Kara isn’t out to make a name for herself. In fact, quite the opposite.
Much like Clark Kent, she’s spent most of her life learning to hide her powers… and now works as assistant to Cat Grant at the journalistic enterprise, CatCo. But in her unassuming and rather modest guise, she’s little more than someone to fetch the coffee.
In fact, for the first few minutes, the Supergirl trailer plays much like an episode of Ally McBeal… and with Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, that’s not exactly unexpected. But for a superhero show, this seems a little odd. And Kara herself is a tad underwhelming.
That is, until destiny calls her to action.
It soon transpires that Kara’s sister Alex (played by Chyler Leigh) is in danger. Having boarded a trouble flight, her plane is about to crash land… and only Supergirl can save her.
Busting out her Kryptonian powers, Kara unveils herself to the world. And now the mystery woman is out there, it’s hard for Kara to put the genie back in the bottle.
And this is where the trailer really shines. We finally get a glimpse of Kara in action… and after this point, it’s all comic book references. There’s Jimmy… or rather, James Olsen, the future Toymaker and even a hint that Cyborg Superman may make an appearance.
And then there’s the blurred shot of the Man of Steel himself.
Of course, it’s unlikely to tie into DC’s big screen projects… but the nods to Man of Steel are appreciated, considering the character’s superhero lineage. And while the references may come off a little cheesy, it’s still a nice touch.
By the end of trailer, we finally get what we came here for – an action-packed look at Melissa Benoist in action. And it’s safe to say that she’s absolutely perfect for the role of Supergirl.
In this trailer, Supergirl seems like an interesting mixture somewhere between The Flash and Ugly Betty. And perhaps that’s what will make the show so unique.
But will it work well week after week? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of the Supergirl trailer? Will Melissa Benoist be a perfect Supergirl? Let us know what you think in the comments below…