A new trailer for Supergirl is here, and it trades on the character’s familial connection to the Man of Steel like nobody’s business:
The trailer includes a brief glimpse of Clark Kent himself (see above), but mostly just references him. On the one hand, this is to be expected, as the pilot makes him part of her character arc. Supposedly, she kept her powers suppressed for most of her life because she felt that “the world didn’t need another hero,” which makes emotional if not practical sense. On the other hand, this is part of the inherent problem with the character; we’ve waited a long time for a female superhero, and she’s really just a female version of a well-known male superhero, and an infantilized version, no less. The feminism (or lack thereof) of the show will depend on the actual treatment of the character, not the marketing, but it’s still annoying.
And for Superman fans, don’t expect to see much more of the Man of Steel than that non-appearance in the trailer, as the executive producers clarified at the TCA press tour that they didn’t want Clark to pull focus from Kara:
DC Comics fans also shouldn’t expect a crossover between Supergirl and the Arrow/Flash universe anytime soon. Also at the TCA press tour, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said the shows will only cross over in promotional materials, but there are no plans for an actual crossover episode thus far:
But for all of that bad news, there will definitely still be plenty of DC Easter eggs in Supergirl. After the recent announcement that Jenna Dewan-Tatum would play Lucy Lane (Lois’s sister who eventually becomes Superwoman) in the series, creator Andrew Kreisberg announced today that Lucy’s father, Sam Lane, Red Tornado, and Non would appear in the series.
In addition to being Lucy and Lois’s father, Sam Lane appears in DC Comics as a U.S. Senator who is often antagonistic towards superpowered humans. Red Tornado is a superhero who was a member of the Justice League, and Non is a supervillain who was once a friend of Superman’s father, Jor-El, before he was abducted and lobotomized by Krypton’s Science Council.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, and Chyler Leigh as Kara’s foster sister, Alex. Former Supergirl Helen Slater and former Superman Dean Cain will also make recurring appearances as Kara’s foster parents. The pilot will debut on CBS on October 26th.