With the pilot episode completed – and publicly screened for fans at San Diego Comic-Con – the cast and crew of Supergirl have moved on to the filming the rest of CBS’ venture into the world of costumed superheroes. They certainly aren’t pacing themselves, either, with appearances from Lucy Lane, Maxwell Lord, and even a new villain already confirmed.
To celebrate production beginning on the series proper, a new behind the scenes featurette has been released, giving a first look at the sequence which will begin Episode 2, and how Kara Zor-El’s (Melissa Benoist) powers will be put to the test.
Those who have already decided Supergirl isn’t for them have likely moved on, but for those eager to see what changes the series can bring to the established TV superhero formula, the making-of video offers a few intriguing details. For starters, showing how the series’ second episode will pick up from the pilot’s conclusion. We’ve offered our thoughts on the pilot episode, and will steer clear of outright spoilers, but suffice to say that the pilot sees Kara don her Super-suit, and stand ready to follow in her Kryptonian cousin’s footsteps.
Unfortunately, one criticism that could be leveled at the pilot without much argument is its speed, skipping over the lengthy process of mastering Kara’s skills (the trial-and-error marathon played to perfection on The Flash). Thankfully, the series seems to address that issue almost immediately, with David Harewood (‘Hank Henshaw’) revealing that Kara’s powers will be thoroughly tested by the Department of Extranormal Operations.
It’s not hard to see why those in charge of creating the pilot decided to ‘cut to the chase,’ so to speak: CBS is hoping to attract a far larger audience than any CW offering enjoys, and while a lengthy, drawn-out origin story may be a delight to fans, action is a required part of a superhero adventure. Hopefully, the opening sequence being focused specifically on Kara being thrown into the deep end and forced to master her powers one by one will please both camps.
There is a real chance for Supergirl to distinguish itself from DC’s other TV projects: instead of a hero operating in secret, Kara has volunteered to help the government track down extraterrestrial threats. Instead of wrapping her head around superhuman abilities, she has spent most of her life watching her cousin become world famous for them, and keeping her own in check. The pilot showed there was potential to tell a Super story on the small screen, but it may be the follow-up episode which plants the series on firm – or shaky – ground.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.