Heading to FOX8 for its Aussie premiere on December 6, the CBS drama joins fellow comic book shows The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow for a season of high-action heroics on Foxtel.
Superman’s cousin has taken a big leap since we last saw her soaring through the sky, barely a hair out of place, in that 1980s film of the same name – if you’re old enough to remember it (or want to admit remembering it), that is.
Supergirl is now played by former Glee star Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose in the hit show), and she’s got some souped-up super powers this time around. These include super-hearing and a laser eyes that could fry you into oblivion if she looks at you the wrong way – as well as the standard-issue Krytonian talents like being able to fly and lift impossibly heavy stuff (but those kind of things seem a bit dull when you can shoot red rays from your retinas). She’s also gotten herself a new outfit that’s a little more 2015 (nice boots, SG!).
So where does Supergirl fit into the whole ‘Super’ saga?
Kara Zor-El (that’s her Kryptonian name) fled the doomed planet Krypton at the same time as her cousin, Kal El (aka Superman). While Kal was just an infant when he landed on Earth, Kara was 12 and found herself in the care of a foster family, the Danvers. She did a great job of hiding her amazing powers while she was growing up, but the now 24-year-old Kara is about to unleash her phenomenal secret on the world.
What else is new?
Set in the fictional world of National City, Supergirl has to balance life as an office worker with other pressing things like saving her family, friends and humankind from destruction.
Not that her day job is that easy either. Kara works for ruthless media mogul Cat Grant (Ally McBeal’s Calista Flockhart), who’s the kind of boss that’d make most people want to quit on a daily basis.
Luckily, she’s got some good workmates to keep her company, including IT guy Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and former Daily Planet photographer James Olson (Mehcad Brooks), who’s shaken off all the nerdiness from Super-series past to become the all-round office hottie. Hmm, could there be a love triangle brewing here?
And what about the new faces who aren’t so new?
If you look a little closer at Kara’s foster parents and think you’ve seen them somewhere before, it’s because you have. They were right here, in National City, about a couple of decades or so ago.
The makers of the show have brought the family dynasty full-circle by casting Dean Cain (who played Superman in the hit 90s show Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (the original Supergirl in the 1984 film) to play Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers. Now that’s what we call a heroic cast.
When’s it on?
Supergirl premieres on FOX8 at 8.30pm on Sunday December 6.