The wait for a look at CBS’ upcoming Supergirl was mercifully brought to an end during the network’s media upfronts, revealing an extended look at the show (set to air Monday nights beginning November 2015). Following Kara Zor-El – played by Melissa Benoist – the six-minute long preview of the show’s pilot sped viewers through the star’s journey toward superheroics on par with her famous cousin.
A brand new promo shows many of the same events in a somewhat different light, no doubt more familiar to existing fans of The CW’s superhero offerings in The Flash and Arrow. In addition, a behind-the-scenes featurette takes a look at the pilot’s production, wire work, and offers a greater tease of the enemies Kara will be facing.
The second promo is likely to go over better with those who criticized Supergirl‘s more light-hearted tone, as it sticks (arguably painfully) close to the standard superhero origin story. A trailer for The Flash in particular could be cut together in almost the exact same way – and remain true to the show’s spirit – but there’s no question the first preview made a priority of showing what made Supergirl different from her DC Comics colleagues.
But there’s no harm in covering their bases, and the second promo shows that the shared talent behind The CW’s superheroes – producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and veteran cinematographer Glen Winter behind the lens – has rubbed off. Barry Allen’s own path to superheroism looks to be as close to Kara Zor-El’s as one would expect, confirming, if nothing else, that a single preview aimed at a single audience shouldn’t be taken as the whole story for any pilot.
In addition to the new promo, a making-of featurette has also been released, revealing more of Benoist’s heroine, some insights from the crew, and the benefits of a network TV budget. Take a look:
It was known from the very start that CBS would have an interesting challenge in bringing a certified superhero story to network TV (not a universe extension like ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and the online reactions to the first Supergirl preview showed its tone wouldn’t be for everyone (we would warn: that’s not always a bad sign). The follow-up promo may be seen as damage control by skeptics, but the identity of the show, and Benoist’s take on the character seem consistent.
The coming months of marketing could prove interesting for Supergirl and CBS, as Kara’s claim that “Earth doesn’t have just one hero anymore” becomes increasingly accurate.
Do you feel differently about the show after this second promo? Or do your issues go deeper than first impressions about this superhero origin story?
Supergirl premieres Monday nights on CBS this November.