Friday, January 23, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl on CBS!

I've never been much of a Supergirl fan. I've always thought she's a weak, but sweet and well-meaning, character that has no value. I don't see CBS's upcoming series as lasting for more than a single series. (Full disclosure here: I know the character of Kara was in "Smallville," but I didn't watch that series. I tried, but I couldn't get into the whole "DC characters as high school students and then young adults concept.)

That being said, I always thought that a better way to introduce Supergirl would be to make her a part of a Superman movie. Then, you can gauge the audience's take on whether or not she's important enough to continue on her own.

In my perfect Superman movie scenario, there would have been a sequel to Brandon Routh's Superman movie, but with amp'ed up action. I would have brought in General Zod somehow. But I would have introduced Kara. by RaffaeleMarinetti
"Since escaping the destruction of Krypton, Kara has been hiding her powers, but at the age of 24 she decides to embrace the abilities and be the hero she was destined to be."

This is how I'd like to see Kara introduced. Somehow, the crystals in Superman's Fortress of Solitude are trying to tell him something, that they are tracking something coming through space...another Kryptonian and that being is on a direct course for the Fortress. So, Superman goes on alert. He's thinking General Zod has found a way to break out of his maximum security prison cell (maybe the Phantom Zone) and maybe he's gunning for the Man of Steel again.

Like a red and blue blur, a shot through space, something comes crashing into the Fortress: a young, blonde woman, dressed in typical Kryptonian  garb,( much like what Russell Crow wore in "Man of Steel," actually), emerges from a small space ship. She lands, looks around, sees Superman and becomes a boundless bundle of energy. She recognizes him as Kal-El immediately and introduces herself as his cousin Kara, on their fathers' sides. 

She's sweet and full of joy, and ignorant of the ways of Earth and humans, She comes across as younger than she really is. And she's having a hard time controlling her new powers, given to her by the rays of the Sun. Superman tries to keep there at the Fortress, teaching her how to use her powers (she's got them all at once, unlike Clark, who grew into his powers and learned to use them over time).

But she grows tired of the Fortress and wants to experience Earth and human culture. He tells her he will take her to Metropolis but she has to learn how to fit in yet, hide in plain sight, but she hasn't gotten there quite yet.

Weeks pass, and Kara feels like she's gotten her flying under control. She decides to test them and see if Kal-El can keep up with her, so she takes off, flying from the Fortress as fast as she can. Superman has no choice but to chase after her. 

Blue blurs chase each other around the globe (remember that scene in Superman II when Superman makes the Earth rotate in the wrong direction to turn back time and save Lois Lane? It would look like that). Finally, Kara lands in downtown Metropolis, exuberant that Kal-El couldn't catch her. It was her idea of a game and she won.

She lands hard on a city street in the middle of rush hour. The pavement cracks under her strength and increased weight on Earth. Traffic comes to a screeching halt around her, and then she looks around and sees all the humans. Superman lands right behind her, gently on the pavement.

She sees a beautiful black woman walking along the sidewalk. She's dressed in clothes that are African in design. Kara jumps up, flies over the cars and lands in front of her. She gushes to the woman how beautiful she is, and why is her skin that lovely color? All of the people of Argo City look the same: they all have the same white skin. She takes the woman's hand and compares her complexion to the woman's. Superman appears behind her again to explain this is his cousin and she's new to Earth. The woman, no longer weirded out by this strange blonde white chick, laughs it off and thanks Kara for her compliments and tells Superman it's alright. She's like an excited child that doesn't see race in any way other than it's beautiful to be something other than white.

Kara asks her if there are others like her, with that same pretty skin color. She's amazed by all the different races. She starts seeing Asians and Hispanics around her. People have formed a circle around her and Superman, phones are out and recording the new Girl of Steel.

Superman has to promise her another immediate outing, but only if she leaves with him right now. It's like watching a father deal with a little kid that doesn't want to go home yet. Just five more minutes, pleeeeeeeeease? There's so much to see here!

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