While DC prepares to fully launch its extended cinematic universe with the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the company's television universe is already in full swing. This is largely thanks to producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, the dynamic duo behind DC's shared TV universe. The two have been on board since the first episode of Arrow, and have since continued to expand the universe through spinoff series and established connections to DC TV properties airing on other networks.
While DC fans are gearing up for the fourth season of Arrow, the introduction of the multiverse in The Flash, and the premiere of new ensemble series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a fourth television series is already vying for their attention. While tonally different, CBS' Supergirl bears the unmistakable mark of Berlanti Productions and promises to combine humor, drama, and superhero action into a high quality package.
As the premiere date for Supergirl approaches, DC Entertainment has begun building momentum for the fledgling series. The latest trailer emphasizes that this show (or at least this season) will be focusing exclusively on Kara (Melissa Benoist), despite the highly recognizable cast of supporting characters. While previous trailers have focused on Kara's secret identity, this trailer focuses on the action, giving fans plenty of explosions and displays of superheroics to hold them over until the series premieres.
The second half of the trailer is focused on the villain Vartox (Owain Yeoman) as he steals what appears to be an alien axe. Kara is sent after him by the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, though the reasons Vartox wants the axe aren't made clear. The two aliens trade blows and banter, with Vartox making it clear that on his planet "females bow before males" before he gets his comeuppance by way of Kara's fists.
Since the first trailer launched back in May, it's been clear that Supergirl is trying to do something different than its peers. Subsequent trailers as well as Ali Adler (Chuck) serving as executive producer on the series affirms that the show will be lighthearted fun, breaking away from the more somber DC universe on The CW.
The series aims to have broader appeal and expand its target audience outside of existing DC fans by offering a protagonist with relatable concerns outside of the safety of the planet. And while the key moment of empowerment in this trailer is admittedly clumsy and unsubtle, it's refreshing that the series so openly embraces its ideals.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30pm EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8pm EST on Mondays thereafter.