DC Comics has a pretty bad track record historically when it comes to live action series (or at least pilots).
Seriously, I've seen all of these and even the images are causing flashbacks...
With the ongoing Batman-light nonsense that is Arrow and its spinoff The Flash (same show, different powers), Supergirl is a super breath of fresh air. This actually has all of the elements to make a great series.
Opening with a standard voice over summation we meet 13 year old Kara Zor-El (Malina Weissman) moments before she's placed into an escape pod. She's rocketed away, but the shockwave from Krypton's destruction throw her off course and into the Phantom Zone where she's trapped for 24 years in a timeless void before reaching Earth.
DC purists (my people) will want to say this is wrong, but honestly, Supergirl has almost as many origin stories as Hawkman, so I'm letting this slide.
She's found by Superman after landing on Earth and taken to the home Fred and Sylvia Danvers, played by DC alumni Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Raised alongside their daughter Alex (Jordan Mazarati and Chyler Leigh) and she opts to play human, as the world already has a hero.
The story skips forward ten years and we find her working at the news media powerhouse Cat Co. as the personal assistant to Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) in National City. We find that an older James "Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brook) has moved and is working for Cat, as well.
The story takes an abrupt turn when Kara learns that Alex's plane...
It's always a plane, isn't it?
Alex's plane is circling the city suffering massive engine failure.
I'm going to stop there rather than give everything away. But...
It's good. There's a quality to the writing, cinematography, direction, et al that I haven't seen in a long while.
Along with being female friendly and having multiple strong female protagonists (something comic books and their offspring are very often neglectful off), it feels honest.
There are a couple Superman cameos, of course, and I wish I could tell you who played him. It you can guess the face, I'll add the name.
I do have one complaint: The ongoing and rampant ethnification and replacing of classic characters.
I'm referring to former astronaut turned Galactic Despot Hank Henshaw being in charge of the DEO.
Mr. Bones runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations.
When are we going to support Skeletal Americans?