deanna schmidt


I’m going to be honest with you for a second— I’m not a fan of superhero movies. I don’t usually watch many action/adventure movies or TV shows, and whenever I do, I’m never impressed. Does this have anything to do with me not being attracted to the hunky male lead? Maybe so, but then again, plenty of guys are in the same boat as me and still drool over super hero films.

Something about the storylines never really seem to click with me, but with Supergirl, my ideas about superhero content have been completely shattered. Supergirl takes the entire idea of a super hero storyline, switches the gender roles, and turns it into a television hit. By having a female lead, Supergirl has put a twist onto the same old, same old that has grabbed my attention and the attention of many others.

Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), known to humans as Kara Danvers, is a 24-year-old Kryptonian living on Earth. Other than her iconic cousin Superman, she is the only survivor of her people. Danvers was sent down to Earth to protect Superman, but in an unfortunate turn of events, she was forced to keep her powers hidden from the public. Danvers ultimately went against her foster parents’ orders and, just like her cousin, discovered her passion for saving others with her superhuman abilities. Season 1 of Supergirl follows Danvers as she becomes a hero and, along the way, discovers what it means to be a Kryptonian.

Perhaps the greatest thing about the show is that even though the writers have woven Superman into the storyline, he doesn't steal the spotlight. Make no mistake, Danvers is the lead here. We get to see her constantly facing new enemies, defeating them herself, without the help of Superman and, for the most part, without any other superheroes by her side.

Of course, she's not in this fight alone; she does have a team of supporters who help her fight these battles. Her two male sidekicks, James Olsen (Mechad Brooks) and Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy Jordan), serve as not only her source of friendship, counter-intelligence, and support, but also as possible love interests, without making it the central focus. Danvers’ real source of counter-intelligence, though, is through her partnership with a secret underground alien-fighting agency. Kara's sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), works as an agent for the DEO (Department of Extra- Normal Operations). In a subplot of season 2, Alex is revealed to be gay. This is yet another breakthrough move, since most mainstream superhero movies are often hesitant to include diverse characters.

Danvers has to fight evil constantly, but she also has to keep up with her “normal” life as a personal assistant to her badass bitch of a boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) at CatCo Worldwide Media, the local news source who branded Supergirl. She has a busy life but somehow manages to juggle it all against the odds.

Supergirl has put a wonderful spin on the classic superhero story and has given women a chance to shine within the constructs of a typically male-dominated genre. The female characters are strong and independent, yet relatable. They are what drive this series, the heroes of their own story. If you’re looking for a show packed with action, emotion, and badass women, Supergirl is definitely for you.


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Deanna  Schmidt  is a  senior  English  major  and  Psychology  minor. She is a firm believer that ice cream can be eaten during any season  at any time of day.