So the Supergirl trailer was released yesterday and I have to say, I’m really disappointed. Now, I’ve stated before that I am a huge advocate of watching something first then forming my complete opinion and I have every intention on doing that. However, trailers are made specifically to show you what you’re possibly getting into to and although trailers can lie, it doesn’t bold well when your first impression makes your product look like crap.
My main problem with this trailer is, once again, they feel the need to take a female superhero and throw her into this romantic comedy setting. It’s insulting to women to think that this is all they care about is dating, boys, being a goof, and falling over themselves. This is old, tired and frankly needs to stop. Marvel fans have been wanting a Black Widow movie for a while now and anyone who has kept up with the Marvel movies knows that Scarlett Johannson’s portrayal of the character is anything but the standard thought that every woman is just trying to find themselves in that big world and needs a man. In the films, especially in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow was a strong and driving force who could be a woman but also stand her ground against aliens, soldiers, god’s and monsters. SNL even made a skit about it with the joke that when they finally made a Black Widow movie they’d throw her in a Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, Hitch-like sitting with Black Widow: Age of Me. Now look at the new Supergirl trailer and see the similar tone.
I want you to take a moment and check out some other trailers. This is the trailer for the CW’s Arrow. From the beginning it’s dark, brooding, Oliver is a tortured soul who is coming to clean his city of crime. He’s surrounded by violence, every season someone close to him dies and he has to fight to bring his city out of the corruption it has fallen into.
Then take a look at The Flash. Barry Allen’s mother was murdered as a kid and he’s trying to figure out who did it when he suddenly gains his powers. The show is lighter then Arrow, but you still have the darker side to it which it shows you as soon as the story starts with the murder of his mother hanging over Barry’s head.
In every incarnation of Superman he’s sad but dealing with the fact that his entire planet was destroyed and while some Superman films have lighter then others, the fact still remains, he’s believes he’s the last of his kind, he’s an outsider and different films have explored this. In the Supergirl trailer Kara is just kind of mildly affected by the fact that her parents were wiped out of existence, and more just trying to make it in the big city.
This happened once before when the CW tried to make a Wonder Woman TV show with the plot: is described as “a reinvention of the iconic DC Comic in which Wonder Woman – aka Diana Themyscira – is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A., but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman….trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.
Do you see my problem with this?
Now, I understand that not all shows need to be the same and they’re trying to appeal more to younger girls and this entire article is coming from one trailer, I get all that but if a trailer for a show is so horrible and leaves such a bad first impression that I feel the need to write an entire article about it pointing out the flaws I see that should say something too. It just seems like they are repeating the same mistakes the Wonder Woman (2011) show tried to do and that was be as accessible to as many people as possible and that frame of thinking is exactly what can bring around the blandest product.
Things could change, the tone of the show could slowly turn vastly different then what we’ve been shown but my point is it shouldn’t have been. Not every single girl out there is prissy and not every woman just wants to find a man, I find the approach to this show is just wrong and I hope there is much more to then what we’ve been shown. Young girls and women can be strong, many can and are stronger then men both physically and emotionally, and this show doesn’t need to take the ‘romantic comedy’ approach. So far I’m very disappointed in this and I hope the show really isn’t as bland as they are showing it to be.