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Friday, May 22, 2015

Supergirl Pilot Leaked! A Review (Some Spoilers)

The highly anticipated live action Supergirl series will premiere November 2015. Today (May 22, 2015) the pilot was leaked online onto numerous Torrent Sites in HD quality. News of the leak spread like wildfire on the internet and many fans gave into their curiosity. The response? Overwhelmingly positive. The anticipation was killing me so I decided to watch it for myself. And I loved it.



There's a lot of speculation if the leak was in fact piracy or a marketing ploy by CBS (who has not issued a statement regarding the video). Whatever the case, I'm grateful for a glimpse into the series, 6 months before it debuts. First and foremost it's a wonderful thing that a female superhero is headlining her own show. For decades the superhero market (movies and television) have been centered around men and the female themed ones turned into disasters (Catwoman and Elektra to name a few). Black Widow has essentially been blacklisted by Disney and was wiped from Age of Ultron merchandise. Young girls everywhere are craving for a female hero. I have a first hand look in seeing how excited little girls get at charity events when they spot me as Supergirl or Wonder Woman. I don't want to give too much away but the series starts out with Kara being sent to Earth to protect her cousin Kal-El right before the explosion of Krypton. We witness everything from her first encounter with Superman, her adoption, her job in National City, her relationship with her boss and coworkers to her rescuing a fiery airplane. Thus #Supergirl is born (complete with hashtag) and she faces her first adversary; a criminal from an alien prison.

The show has special effects worthy of the big screen. The script is solid and dives right into the mythology and action from the first frame. This is a great introduction into the series and as a life long fan of Supergirl I was very satisfied. The best thing about this show is that it's family friendly without being corny. Supergirls integrity has remained intact. I was worried that in an effort to make her cool and trendy she would be given a darker, brooding makeover like so many other superheros throughout the years. Even Man of Steel was a darker incarnation of Superman and judging by the Dawn of Justice trailer, the next film will be even darker. This is not the case with Supergirl. It's exciting and brings hope, not depression. She is someone you are rooting for. I am unfamiliar with Melissa Benoist (who plays Kara Zor-El/Supergirl) previous work and was very curious on how she would do as this iconic character. I can say she was adorable and amazing. A perfect combination of the everyday girl learning to accept her inner hero. She gets two very big thumbs up from me as does the pilot.


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