ByCraig Patrick Arnott, writer at
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Craig Patrick Arnott

Now we have seen the Man of Steel get his new franchise, could we see the Girl of Steel fly on to the screen sometime soon? Well the chances are good, there are plenty of candidates. What would probably work better for her is for her to debut in the Superman franchise first and then move on to her own solo franchise. So let us have a look at the options they have for the Girl of Steel. There have been many but I will focus on the main 4 that have served as Supergirl the longest in the comics.

Kara Zor-el.

Perhaps the most well known of the Supergirls and is the current holder of the name in the comics. Here is a bit about her.


Kara was sent to Earth by her parents Zor-El and Alura, Zor-El being the biological brother of Superman's father. She is subsequently raised by her cousin and given guidance in her new surroundings. She is actually older than her cousin, he was sent to Earth as a baby he just arrived before her. She was trained by Wonder Woman how to fight but was kidnapped by Darkseid. After a fight with her cousin and loosing to him she was freed from Darkseid's control and they returned to Earth. She then took the name of Supergirl.

As you can see it would be easy for them to make a movie to lead to her own solo movie using this story line. It would also be an added sweetness to see Wonder Woman in the movie also. Also as I said she has used the name Supergirl the most so they have plenty of storylines to draw inspiration from.


Due her Kryptonian Physiology she gains powers from drawing on the energy of a yellow sun. These include strengths and weaknesses.


  • Solar Energy Absorbtion
  • Heat Vision
  • Super-Hearing
  • Enhanced Vision - Electromagnetic Vision, Telescopic Vision, X-Ray Vision, Microscopic Vision and Infrared Vision
  • Flight
  • Invulnerability
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Superhuman Agility and Reflexes


  • Vulnerable to Krytopnite
  • Vulnerable to Magic


  • Advanced Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • Multilingualism
  • Genius Level Intellect
  • Artistry

Basically she is very similar to Superman in her powers and abilities.

Next is...


Lesser known than Kara is Matrix, but she did serve her time as Supergirl. She went by the name of Linda Danvers she lived with Superman’ parents as their “new” daughter.


She was created in an alternate universe by Lex Luthor to fight 3 escaped Kryptonian criminals from the Phantom Zone due to the lack of a Superman in this universe. With help from the mainstream DC Universe she stopped the criminals and was taken back to his universe with him. There she took the name of Supergirl but became unstable and fought with Superman. She came back to her senses and fear she would attack the Kents so left for outer space.
Now this could lead from a Superman film into a Supergirl film that is set in space and not on Earth. It would give DC the chance to show some of their aliens off and she did return to earth in the comics so that can easily be done in future installments.



  • Psychokineses - Superhuman Strength, Invulnerability, Superhuman Stamina, Flight, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Agility, Superhuman Reflexes and Telekinesis
  • Invisibility
  • Shape-Shifting


  • Vulnerable to Fatigue

As you can see she has a few differences to Superman, so this would allow them to do things with her they can not do with Superman.

The third Supergirl is...

Linda Danvers

Now this could be confusing considering Matrix went by the name Linda Danvers also, but they are seperate Supergirls and also the same Supergirl. However she is more recognised as her design was used for the DC Animated Universe's version of Supergirl.


Linda was lured by her boyfriend Buzz into the world of darkness and crime. Little did she know he planned to sacrifice her for a demonic cult her worked for. He slit her with a dagger to use her blood to release the demon from the underworld. The Matrix Supergirl tried to use her shape-shifting abilities to plug the wound but instead they fused into a single being and the new Supergirl was born. During the merge Linda's hair even changed from brunette to blonde. She fought the crime world and demonic activity as Supergirl, but did go through some struggle of control by both Linda and Matrix's personalities.

Now this is a very different Supergirl than the 1 seen in the DC Animated Universe, but it is an interesting origin. What is cool is it kind of makes me want them to make the Matrix Supergirl and then after a few movies have this happen.



  • Psychokinesis - Flight, Invulnerability, Pyrokinesis, Superhuman Speed, Superhuman Strenght and Telekinesis.


  • Artistry
  • Pedagogy

So it is safe to say she has more limited powers than the other two seen so far. So this would allow her to be a character not to out do her main counterpart, Superman.

And the final Supergirl is...


So it is safe to say she is not well known as many think blond when the think Supergirl. So instantly she stands away from Superman in her different color scheme.


Well she created a problem for Superman when she arrived. She threw a villian Radion into a nuclear reactor in front of a TV news crew and Lois Lane and announced she was Supergirl and the daughter of Superman. Lois accused Superman of having an affair and refused to believe his claims of innocence. Lois quickly dismissed the whole issue as a villain's hoax, until she landed in front of Lois and called her "Mommy". Supergirl claims to Superman later in a confrontation that she is from the future and they are her parents. However after a whole lot of investigating it is revealed that she is Superman's daughter but not Lois's. It is then revealed that Brainiac had hidden a part of himself in Cir-El when she turned into an angry young woman named Mia.

Now let's face it, that is a pretty good premise for a movie. It has everything you want, a mystery, opportunities for fight scenes and the future. Also story involving Brainiac, you have got to love that!


Being a hybrid of Human/Kryptonian, she can absorb yellow sunlight but at a reduced level to that of a full Kryptonian.


  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Super Hearing
  • Invulnerability
  • Leap Vast Distances - Could not Fly
  • Release Solar Energy Through Hands
  • Solar Radiation Burst Resulting in Intense Heat and Force


  • Kryptonite

Again she has some unique powers, so she could stand apart from Superman not just in how she looks but how her powers actually work.


So which Supergirl origin story would be best to fit into the Man of Steel franchise? Who could you see playing that Supergirl?


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