In an effort to capitalize on the superhero phenomenon, CBS has created Supergirl, a show based on the DC character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s cousin who decides to forgo a “normal life” and strike out on her own, becoming a superhero in her own right. Similar to her cousin — and most superheroes — she lives a double life, working in National City for Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) when she isn’t off saving the world.
While previous trailers have shown her flexing her hero-muscles for the first time, and battling the alien villain Vartox, it seems that is only the beginning of what her abilities are. New details have emerged about Kara’s powers, and it looks like she will be a force to be reckoned with.
In advance of the October premiere, CBS has released a new trailer (above) that showcases her many abilities. In addition to flying, we see Kara’s tremendous speed and superhuman strength, as she rips the door off a cars with ease and uses to shield herself from attackers. She also demonstrates freezing breath and what looks like heat vision, as she battles numerous enemies.“Earth doesn’t have just one hero anymore,” she proclaims, soaring through the skies using her super-hearing to listen for trouble, “now it has Supergirl.”
Beyond the battle scenes, there are hints of the human relationships evolving, as Grant shares a flirtatious dance with Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) and Kara reveals to Jimmie Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) that the two both know her secret. There is a quick look at the Department of Extra-Normal Operations — the DEO — that is working to contain escaped aliens, and may eventually go up against Kara herself.
We already knew that she is faster than a speeding bullet, but it’s exciting to see how fully developed and powerful Kara’s abilities already are. In a television landscape packed with heroes plucked from comic books, Supergirl already stands out as being the first to focus on a female hero, and it seems like she may be a full-fledged one right out of the gate. It will be interesting to see if this effort captures the key demographics that CBS’ is courting.
We’ll soon find out if the show successfully walks the fine line between crime fighting, heart, and action, but from the look of the trailers, the series is off to a good start.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30pm EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8pm EST on Mondays thereafter.