Few DC characters have gotten as many reboots as Supergirl. She was first introduced in Action Comics #252, almost 50 years ago. She found her way into the hearts of Superman fans pretty quickly, continually kicking butt and proving she was just as hardcore as Superman.
At times, she was even stronger than her cousin, and has come to be known by a similar nickname: the Girl of Steel.
With the premiere of The CW's Supergirl in 2015, audiences were reminded just how much they love the character, and her fanbase has grown even bigger. There's just something about her attitude, and hope for Earth, that makes Supergirl iconic. and it's those aspects that have kept her stories coming over the last few decades.
However, no hero is perfect. In fact, it was Supergirl's desire and ability to learn from her mistakes that made her so relatable. She always wanted to better herself, and wanted help others do the same.
Then there were moments that weren't exactly mistakes, but didn't quite line up with what readers might've expected. This list will delve into some of those head-scratchers.
Here are the 15 Things About Supergirl That Make No Sense.
15 Showing no mercy in battle
In Supergirl #41, Kara takes on Superwoman, and finally gets an answer about her identity. Superwoman is actually Lucy Lane, and is working with Reactron. It's an intense battle between the women, spanning the entirety of Metropolis. In this particular battle, Supergirl's emotions get the better of her.
She beats down Major Lane with every bit of strength she has, showing absolutely no mercy. She actually scoffs at the idea of showing her mercy, throwing Superwoman's past battles in her face. Given her age, Supergirl was always known for having a short temper, but she was never quite as vindictive as in this fight.
When it becomes clear Lucy is actually dying, Kara seems to wake up, but up to that point it all felt a bit out of character.
14 Distrusting Superman
In her New 52 origin story, Kara experiences amnesia after her pod crashes to Earth. When she first encounters Superman, she attacks him. In her mind, it's only been a few days since her ship left Krypton and Kal is still a baby, so she thinks Superman is an impostor.
This part is totally reasonable, at first. Any person would likely react the exact same way Kara does. However, eventually Kara learns that Superman wasn't lying, and Krypton really is gone. In a desperate last-ditch effort to restore her planet, she allows herself to be manipulated by a different Krptonian she's fallen for.
Even in such an emotionally vulnerable state, odds are she'd be a little more tentative about who she trusts, given the situation.
13 Her Romance with Comet
Romance is a tricky thing as a superhero; getting close to anyone tends to create more targets for the supervillains. Still, Supergirl had her share of boyfriends, including Dick Malverne and Braniac 5, and then there was Comet... her pet horse.
Granted, their romance only happened while he was in his human form as Bill Starr. The writers actually had a pretty genius way of making it mostly work, as its explained that Comet was originally a centaur. So yes, he was always part man. However, having Comet as a pet for a bit and then as a boyfriend is still hard to grapple with.
Of all Supergirl's romantic choices, this one was arguably the least sensible, though Jerro the Merboy comes in at a close second.
12 Her living in an orphanage
Over the years, Supergirl has gotten a number of origin retellings. The most widely recognized is the story of how Kara's parents sent her to Earth before Argo City was completely destroyed, to be raised by her cousin. They dressed her in a costume resembling the Man of Steel's, so he would recognize her.
The thing is, Superman didn't take Kara in completely. He helped her control her powers and used her as his secret weapon, but she maintained her human identity as a resident of Midvale Orphanage. With most of her population killed off, wouldn't she want to live with her (presumed) only living family?
Life as an orphan can be tough, and being with Kal was clearly what her parents wanted for Kara's future. It's difficult to imagine Kara wanting to be completely on her own.
11 Her Immortality
Every superhero has a weakness. For Supergirl, it is Kryptonite. Supergirl almost meets her death because of it multiple times. The key word is "almost," particularly in The New 52.
In that adaptation, Kara becomes a Red Lantern, fueled in battle by her rage. Given that the power ring merges with the heart of who wears it, she didn't have much of a chance of returning to her old self.
In the same issue, she's attacked by the leader of the Worldkillers, hoping to assimilate her. It was a rough story arc for Supergirl. To stop him, Supergirl submits herself to Kryptonite poisoning. For good measure, she flies into the Sun, which also removes her power ring. She dies, but not permanently.
While in the Sun's core, it's revealed that this Supergirl is immortal. How this fact never managed to come up until then will always be a bit baffling.
10 Allowing herself to be adopted
As part of staying hidden on Earth, Kara was strategic about not getting adopted. She was able to continually help Superman, all the while flying below the radar. That all changes when Lesla-Lar, a Kandorian villainess, steals Supergirl's powers. Without her powers, Kara allows herself to be adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers.
She believes that her powerless state is permanent, which leads her to believe that she has to get on with a normal life. Even so, Supergirl is inclined to help people. It's likely that she'd want to continue working with Superman, powers or not. Either way, her loved ones would be put at risk.
When her powers do return, Kara now has to admit her identity to her new family. It works out for the best, thankfully, but it was a bold move.
9 Her lack of curiosity about Superman
In Supergirl's earliest days, she worked just as Superman's secret weapon. He helped her to hone her powers, only sending her out when absolutely necessary.
In short: the two worked together closely and often, so it comes as a bit of a surprise when Kara only learns Superman's secret identity in Supergirl's Farewell to Earth.
There is the argument that keeping Kara in the dark as much as possible is safer for both her, and Superman – which he uses. However, in this continuity, Kara is Kal's cousin.
It would make sense for her to try and learn all about his secret identity for a slew of reasons. It would help her to craft her own disguise, it would help her keep in touch with easier, etc.
For her to not put it together until several issues into the story is counterproductive overall.
8 Her job as a TV reporter and actress
The key to any good secret identity is blending in as much as possible. Getting a job is a big part of that, and Clark Kent figured out the perfect role: working in media. It's the most immediate source of information, and a great way for keeping an eye on the city.
He opted to become a reporter for the Daily Planet. Supergirl took a similar route, and became a TV reporter. The snag there is that she's now willing putting her face on camera everyday. The chances of people recognizing her face, even with different hair, is much higher now.
Then, Kara took it one step further, and became an actress on Secret Hearts. This would propel her even further into the spotlight, as opposed to blending in.
7 She had multiple instances of premonitions
Thanks to the yellow sun, Kryptonians have incredible powers on Earth. There's the staples: flight, x-ray vision, super strength and speed, and being near indestructible. Supergirl seemed to have one additional skill, but only sometimes: clairvoyance.
In the Silver Age comics, Kara has frequent dreams that her parents are still alive. As it turns out, they are, and the reunion is happy, but brief. The dreams aren't the only occurrence of Kara's "visions," however.
Supergirl had a premonition once again in the Bronze Age. In Superman #415, Superman encounters Supergirl's husband. Together, they find a hologram left Kara indicating she knew her death was coming.
Being the hero that she is, Supergirl accepted her fate, but the issue doesn't make clear how exactly she saw her future.
6 She just accepts her exile
Being a superhero is hard, and takes some time to get good at. Like most superheroes, Supergirl had a rocky start. So rocky in fact, that she was exiled from Earth by Superman. Obviously she isn't thrilled, and begs for another chance, but once she arrives at her home for the next year – which is just an asteroid – she resigns herself a bit.
She still makes the effort to help people, using her telescopic vision to watch over the planet and help from afar when she can. HOwever, as far as trying to actually get back to Earth, she accepts Superman's judgement.
She only returns when he sends her a letter, calling her back only temporarily so she'd avoid a kryptonite meteor shower.
Yes, times were different and the exile was just a test, but Superman doesn't control her. She could've returned to Earth to live as a human at the very least.
5 Being careless with X-Kryptonite
In the DC Universe, there were more than a few characters bearing the iconic "S" emblem, and quite a few of them were animals. Streaky, Kara's pet cat, didn't always have powers though. He gained his abilities after coming into contact with X-Kryptonite while wandering around outside.
X-Krptonite was accidentally created by Kara while she was experimenting on green kryptonite. She was hoping to find a way to neutralize its effects, but nothing worked. When she failed, she tossed the piece of Kryptonite out the window, not knowing she had created something new.
She was young at the time, but the idea that she'd just throw an alien substance out the window doesn't quite fit. She would more likely keep it safe, even with the risk to herself.
4 Surviving a kryptonite asteroid
Technically speaking, Kara is older than her cousin Kal, at least in the 2004 retelling. In this version, Kara is sent to look after Kal-El on Earth and is put in suspended animation for the journey. On the way, her rocket gets caught in the explosion of Krypton and gets lodged in a Kryptonite asteroid.
By all accounts, crashing to Earth in a Kryptonite asteroid should have killed her. Even with superhuman strength under the yellow sun protecting her from the actual impact, she would still be surrounded by her biggest weakness.
In later stories, it is said she was affected psychologically, meaning the pod itself wasn't enough to block out the kryptonite completely.
Maybe it was the help of suspended animation, but there definitely should've been at least a few physical effects.
3 Her disguise
As a superhero, maintaining a secret identity is pretty important. In the earliest versions of Supergirl, Kara went as Linda Lee Danvers. To further conceal her true self, she wore a brunette wig to hide her blonde hair.
Now a wig is admittedly a better disguise than just a pair of glasses – Superman naysayers will always dwell on his choice there.
However, a wig is a much harder disguise to maintain. If the glasses come off, it can be said that Clark just closely resembles Superman. If the wig comes off, there's no denying that Kara is Supergirl. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, this is a minor detail to pinpoint.
Realistically, Supergirl could've just gone with a mask for her hero persona.
2 Being sensitive to insults
In every good super battle there's witty banter. The villain always hurls insults, and the hero always has a devastating clapback. In this aspect, Supergirl is generally on top of her game. However, when she meets an alternate version of Supergirl, things get more than just a little sassy.
In Many Happy Returns, Linda Danvers (the New Earth Supergirl) meets Kara Zor-El (the Earth-One Supergirl). Understandably, she's confused at the sight of another Supergirl, and accuses Kara of being Buzz in disguise. Again, Kara always had a short fuse, but in this case she doesn't get angry, she gets... whiny.
She scolds Linda for being so mean, and flies off to find Superman. It'd have been more fitting if Kara had her own biting comments, and stood her ground.
1 She doesn't realize that Sam is Reign
In the latest season of The CW's Supergirl, the creators introduced Reign as the big bad, pulling from the New 52. So far no one has figured out Reign's true identity – though Lena might be onto things.
With the suit, the powers and the voice, it's not absurd to not immediately realize Reign and Sam are the same person. However, Sam has made it clear that her memory has completely blacked out for hours at a time.
Scans confirmed there's nothing medically wrong. Ruby has voiced concerns to Alex and Lena. The pieces are all there; at the very least, Kara could line up the timeline of Sam's blackouts with Reign's attacks.
Kara is a reporter, trained to piece things together and follow up on any lead. She's also one of Sam's closest friends. Of all people, Kara should be the first to figure out what's going on.
Can you think of any other things that don't make sense about Supergirl? Let us know in the comment section!
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