I love it when expectations are high for a female-led TV show or film, it just makes it all the more satisfying when it pulls in big numbers, impresses fans and wows the critics. Though audiences may have only seen one episode of CBS’s Supergirl, there is little doubt in my mind that this show will continue to blow our minds for years to come.
Monday night’s episode is still at the forefront of my mind, particularly Melissa Benoist’s performance as the the titular character, otherwise known as Kara Zor-El. The former Glee actor plays the iconic hero with both infectious optimism and striking vulnerability, and was simply a joy to watch in every scene.
However, if we’re going to talk about inspired casting then we must give a round of applause to executive producers Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg for bringing Calista Flockhart into the fold as Kara’s boss and CatCo founder Cat Grant. Every biting line of dialogue is delivered to perfection and I can’t help but sense there’s a lot more to this tough and impeccably dressed woman. It’s too soon to tell how her relationship with Kara will develop, but it’s sure to be a tumultuous one given their polar opposite personalities.
It’s also fantastic to see Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) back on the small screen in their respective roles of Alex Danvers and James Olsen. While Alex was initially portrayed as the concerned big sister, things took an interesting turn when it was revealed that she also works for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) as a scientist. Brooks plays the charming and kind James Olsen, a former photographer for the Daily Planet who, thanks to his friendship with Superman, is in the know on Kara’s big secret. However, friendship might not be the only thing in store for James and Kara if the small sparks of chemistry in the pilot are anything to go by.
The arrival of Supergirl comes at a perfect time, particularly since comic fans have been itching for a major screen portrayal of a female superhero. With Marvel pushing back the release of Captain Marvel to March 8, 2019 and DC not releasing Wonder Woman until June 23, 2017, it’s a true godsend that audiences are getting to watch Supergirl take charge and lead the way. Judging by the huge 12.95 million viewers who tuned in to watch Supergirl‘s debut, the small screen adventures of Kara Zor-El will more than suffice until big screen portrayals of complex and strong female superheros finally catch up.
Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8.30pm on CBS.