Supergirl is CBS's latest attempt at a superhero television series and so far there have been mixed reviews. I've been covering the show since the pilot and I've had high hopes for the series, which has gone from a breakneck first episode, that seemed too full-on and rushed, to a steady and relatable show.
In many ways parallels can be drawn between Melissa Benoist's Kara Danvers and the Supergirl series. Both attempted to rush into things too quickly and as a consequence had to slow down; now Supergirl is doing pretty well as a series, with believable storylines, relatable characters, and with Melissa Benoist's increasingly likable character at the wheel.
The show has it's flaws, but they're slowly being ironed-out as Supergirl discovers its place in the over-saturated superhero world and CBS tackle the inherent issues of a female superhero series, something which has been fundamentally unpopular in the past.
Does Supergirl really need a pinch of Superman?
Unfortunately for Supergirl, one of my personal qualms about the show is the significance of Superman. At first I thought the creators were using the more-popular Superman character to bolster the Supergirl series until it was safe to fly solo. However, the longer the series progresses the more it seems as though Superman will continue to feature ever-more prominently.
Don't misunderstand -- Superman is an awesome character, but surely the point of a female-led series is to have a woman at the helm. Superman hasn't made many appearances, but he's continued to be a domineering, overshadowing presence.
To further this adherence to Superman, a recent CBS announcement has revealed that the show is soon to hire a thirteen-year old actor to play a young Clark Kent. It seems we aren't getting a regular Superman actor, but a younger version to tell the story of Clark Kent's teenage years.
CBS have announced that the future Man of Steel should have “future leading man looks,” which makes sense, but Tvline have suggested that the child-actor will be used to tell the story of the growing relationship between Kal-El and his cousin Kara.
"Lil’ Supes will first appear in this season’s 13th episode via a string of flashbacks that will establish the cherished bond between him and Kara."
I don't know if this is a mistake or if CBS are taking Supergirl in a strange direction, but surely I can't be the only one to have noticed that this doesn't quite add-up. Kara and Kal-El left their planet of Krypton when Kara was a teenager and the future Superman was a baby, so how do they plan on mapping this one out?
I'm not sure where the Supergirl creators plan on taking the show, but personally I hope that they don't rely too heavily on Superman in the future. Kara is also a Kryptonian with incredible powers, and Melissa Benoist plays the role well. So what will the future of Supergirl be?