New Supergirl TV Series Will Feature Feminism, Female Empowerment & Flaws

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The character has not yet been cast, but the costume has been chosen and apparently it is badass! That’s the word coming from the executives in charge of the new highly-anticipated CBS ‘Supergirl’ TV series.

It seems 2015 is going to be the year of female superheroes across a range of platforms. DC Comics announced they will be releasing a digital comic book series this year for Wonder Woman and Gamora (not to mention the Wonder Woman movie slated for 2017-woohoo!).

On TV we are already seeing the start of the girl power onslaught, with ABC’s ‘Agent Carter’ setting the stage for more to come.

There is no official word yet on when ‘Supergirl’ will debut, but pundits are predicting in the fall. This is CBS’ first foray into the TV superhero genre since the early 1990s (with ‘Flash’) and they are excited! Entertainment chairwoman Nina Tassler shared some details about what audiences can expect at a press event in Los Angeles recently.

Because it is going to be on CBS where hit crime series such as ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Madam Secretary’ live, we should expect some hard-hitting story lines.

“She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy,” Nina Tassler said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

One of the biggest things that excites us about the show is that it is going to be girl power but in a very realistic way.

“[She is] a very strong, independent young woman. She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story. If you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that … We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.”

Family. Female Empowerment. Feminism. We’re in!

As for who will don the cape, the network says they are leaning toward a lesser known name so as to make the character more relatable to the “everyday woman”. That was a strategic move on their part, because while they could’ve gone with a big name that will guarantee ratings, what they want to do is portray a more multi-dimensional female character which is something we are on the verge of seeing out of Hollywood.

“I think we’re watching an evolution with regard to the way that superhero characters are portrayed,” Tassler said. “There’s a humanity. They’re flawed. There’s a relatability. For our network right now, what we did respond to was the character’s humanity, the other characters in the show as well — the story trajectory and the character’s arc and growth. These are all things that made her just imminently relatable, and made the story exciting. We made a decision based on the pitch that we heard.”

In a separate interview, producer Greg Berlanti spoke about the significance of a female superhero lead at this point in time where it has become the trend in Hollywood in a big way, just look at ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’.

“That was really important to all of us when we set out to working on it and it was really important to DC and it was really important to the women I’m working on the show with, the women that work at the studio and the women that work on the network.  In a lot of ways I’m surrounded by more women on the project that can answer the question better,” he said. No worries Greg, we were already one step ahead of you with that one!

And for those interested in how the story of Kara Zor-El (Superman’s cousin from Kryptonite) will play out according to the original comics, there might be slight changes, including making her slightly older than the teenage girl seen in the comics.

Overall we’re hopeful that the reimagined ‘Supergirl’ will appeal to a wide range of audiences and hammer home yet again that we want to see more female superheroes on screen!

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