Happy birthday, girl power!
Why Supergirl is the kicking-est 60-year-old on (and off) the planet
She’s super-strong, light-speed-fast, and practically unbreakable. She has super freeze breath; telescopic, microscopic, heat and x-ray vision, and super hearing. And, hello, she can fly! Even Superman himself has hinted that his fairer cousin seems stronger than him at times, but that might just be because she doesn’t pull her punches.
The “Supergirl from Krypton” has come a long way since her comic book debut, but even back then she was ruffling capes. The cover of Action Comics #252 depicts a shocked Superman exclaiming, “Great guns! A girl, flying! It .. uh .. must be an illusion!” To which Supergirl replies, “Look again, Superman! It’s me .. Supergirl! And I have all your powers!”
That issue came out in May 1959, making Supergirl the kicking-est 60-year-old heroine in any comic book universe, by our standards. Flash forward to 2019, and Kara Danvers, AKA Kara Zor-El, AKA Supergirl is still holding her own with the best of the best in the Arrowverse. Season four of Supergirl kicks off on 1 May on M-Net City, and according to the known universe, it’s some of the best superhero TV ever made. Now that’s a classic with staying power!
Melissa Benoist’s titular character isn’t the only girl we’re loving on the show either. The series boasts strong heroines – and villainesses – aplenty, including Supergirl’s adoptive sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), who proved early on that you don’t need superpowers to be a super-strong female.
It’s taken Hollywood practically forever to figure out just how hot a property female superheroes would be, but girls are all the rage at the movies and on TV right now. Just ask the creators of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Jessica Jones, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Okoye, Shuri, Nakia and the fierce females of the Dora Milaje. DC’s 2017 Wonder Woman came as a breath of (very profitable) fresh air amid a slew of cumbersome testosterone-fests that looked set to buckle under their own weight. And the girl-power punches just keep coming! The Batwoman TV series that everyone’s talking about could have its US premiere before the end of this year, and Warner Bros have announced that a Supergirl movie is on the cards!
As for our favourite TV series, it seems the sky’s the limit for Supergirl. Season four has earned a 90 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes so far, which is a good indication of a growing loyal fan base. And that’s good news for the network, which is good news for fans like us, because CW has commissioned a fifth season, proving that Supergirl is all heart and a whole lot of hope.
Vartox: “On my planet, females bow before males.”
Supergirl: “This is not your planet.”
Supergirl S4, starts Wednesday 1 May on M-Net City (115) at 18:20
It’s supers week on M-Net City
So, you love Supergirl, but what about The Flash? … What about Arrow? … What about … about … Black Lightning! And DC’s Legends?! Breathe! You’ve come to the right place. M-Net City is the home of the superheroes, and they’re all coming home to roost this week!. The 18:20 slot from 29 April to 3 May is going to be one epic all-week party with five (you read that right – five!) new seasons of your favourite shows hitting the box at full tilt.
Ladies and gentlemen, your itinerary for the week:
- The Flash S5 starts on Monday 29 April
- Arrow S7 starts on Tuesday 30 April
- Supergirl S4 starts Wednesday 1 May
- DC's Legends of Tomorrow S4 starts on Thursday 2 May
- Black Lightning S2 starts on Friday 3 May
… all first to M-Net City (115) at 18:20.
Still not enough? Stick around! Gotham S5 starts on Saturday 27 April at 20:05.