After a huge opening, Supergirl had a learning curve before finding its footing during its inaugural season. The comic book show was uncharted territory for CBS, as the network has a specific sheen that doesn't typically lend itself to high-concept superhero programming. So, many were caught off guard by the heart, humor, and comic book action found on the program once it aired.
Supergirl has a surprising amount of deep cuts from comic book history including regular cast members from the pages of DC Comics, such as James "Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Martian Manhunter (David Harewood). Fans of the show got weekly surprises, as showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg frequently shocked viewers with their willingness to pull from Superman and Supergirl's mythology. So much so, that by the thirteenth episode not many people blinked an eye when they adapted one of the most famous Superman comic book stories ever.
The episode titled "For the Girl Who Has Everything," is an adaption of the "For the Man Who Has Everything" Superman story by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore from 1985. The original story features an alien lifeform that attaches itself to Superman and sends him into a deep coma. In his dreamstate he envisions his life on Krypton with his family, had the planet never exploded. The Supergirl episode is handled in a similar manner, however Kreisberg points out in a new featurette released by USA Today that "it's a better story for Supergirl than it was for Superman." This is due to her having a connection with her family and planet, before leaving at age 13. Take a look at the video:
On the surface their differences may be hard to tell apart, since both Supergirl and Superman wear nearly identical costumes, have the same skillset, and are both aliens living on Earth. However, their experience coming to this planet is vastly different, which colors their characters in different shades. Superman was sent off of his exploding planet by his science-driven parents as a newborn baby. In most interpretations, he has no memory of his homeworld, all of his knowledge comes from his intergalactic almanac, as well as from interactions with others who had actually visited the doomed planet of Krypton. Meanwhile Supergirl escaped her world as a teenager, with a mission to protect her younger cousin, which gives her a much stronger connection with their homeworld.
The new featurette serves to familiarize viewers who may have missed the episode on CBS last year. While also giving the CW audience an idea of the show's scope, well before Supergirl's (Melissa Benoist) imminent arrival on her new network this fall. It has been recently revealed that Supergirl will be the connective tissue during this year's four-series crossover event, so it's crucial that viewers of CW's superhero universe become familiar with the heroine. With that being said, we can expect a lot more marketing materials and promos in the months leading up to her fall series premiere. So let's sit back and watch it all unfold.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.