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Moms And Daughters, Watch Supergirl So We Can Prove That Fangirls Exist

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supergirl-flyingThere has been a dearth of good news on the “superheroes are for girls, too” front of late. A female-led Marvel movie isn’t on the cards as far out as 2017, which will bring the tally of Marvel Cinematic Universe films headlined by male actors to female actors up to an impressive 15:0. Wonder Woman will finally make a big screen debut in 2016, but only by playing third fiddle to Batman and Superman. Female characters get left off of team t-shirts and out of toy sets. The situation as a whole is an egregious mess, which is why it’s so nice to get some good news once in a while, and the good news this time is that CBS has greenlit a Supergirl TV series.

CBS’s Supergirl will be the first DC superheroine with her own show right now; Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El joins the menfolk headlining DC’s Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine. The series will be showing Kara at the onset of her superheroic career:

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

As someone who has loved Kara since watching her kick ass, take names, and rock a mini-skirt on the Justice League: Unlimited cartoon series, I am very much on board with having a new way to introduce my kids to awesome female superheroines someday. Batman, Captain America, and the Hulk are all well and good, but little girls need representation in the genre, too. I just hope that this show stands the test of time as well as Justice League has done! I know very little about the show’s producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler except that Berlanti was involved with a previous DC project, the flop-tastic Green Lantern film. At least hoping that Supergirl will be better than Green Lantern is a low bar to clear.

And Supergirl really needs to be better than Green Lantern, because if Supergirl is bad, we won’t get another superheroine TV show for about a million years. What was the last female-led comic book movie from either of the main publishing houses – Catwoman? Elektra? It’s been a decade since those came out, because apparently while making a hot mess of a Spiderman movie is an invitation to revamp the same character a couple of years down the road, but making a bad movie with a female main character means superheroine movies as a genre are doomed. I’d like a Supergirl series whose box set I’ll be proud to display next to my Justice League discs, and I’d like it to be one that I’ll be happy to show to my own little fanboy and fangirl someday when they’re looking for caped role models. But most of all, I don’t want Supergirl to be the last DC heroine to grace the small screen for the foreseeable future.

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