Supergirl (2015– )
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Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.


Glen Winter


Jerry Siegel (based on characters created by), Joe Shuster (based on characters created by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Benoist ... Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks ... James Olsen
Chyler Leigh ... Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan ... Winn Schott
David Harewood ... Hank Henshaw
Calista Flockhart ... Cat Grant
Dean Cain ... Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Laura Benanti ... Alura Zor-El / Astra
Helen Slater ... Eliza Danvers
Owain Yeoman ... Vartox
Faran Tahir ... The Commander
Ben Begley ... Tobey
Robert Gant ... Zor-El
Derek Mio ... Hayashi
Malina Weissman ... Young Kara Zor-El


Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism. Written by Soumik Ghosh

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Release Date:

26 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


While it is true that Superman is referred to primarily as Kara's "cousin," or as "Kal-El," or through other ways of avoiding the mention of his famous hero name, he does indeed have one instance in which he's called "Superman" in this film. Just as Kara lands on Earth and is helped up out of her spacecraft, the narration refers to him as already having revealed his powers to the world as "Superman." See more »


Kara states that she has never felt pain before, but she would have had at least some experience with it before coming to Earth and gaining her powers. Kryptonians are not naturally invulnerable to pain, and Kara lived for 13 years as a "normal" child on Krypton. See more »


[first lines]
Kara Danvers: My name is Kara Zor-El. 24 years ago, my planet, Krypton, was in serious peril. My cousin, Kal-El, was sent to a planet called Earth for his own safety and protection. You may know his story. The story you don't know is that I was sent to protect him.
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The Warner Bros shield is colored red, and set against a blue-black background. See more »


Featured in Supergirl: The Faithful (2017) See more »


She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
Performed by Carl Carlton
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Up, Up, and Away
27 October 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

With all these superhero shows now patrolling modern day television, there seemed to be no need or fit for Supergirl. But Supergirl isn't meant to be for the same audience as all the other shows. I would argue that this show is specifically for girls ages 11-15, and to me, that's perfectly fine. The pilot is nothing that will get you jumping out of your seats, in fact, it's pretty much all in the trailers. But Glen Winter, director of Legends of Tomorrow upcoming pilot and numerous episodes of Smallville, Arrow, and The Flash, did a great job at setting the tone of this serious. The show actually looked just as good (CGI wise) if not better than the aforementioned shows, so it has potential. I think as long as the show doesn't veer off and try to be something it's not, it will be just fine.

I like that this show directly addresses the Superman link up front. It was a nice twist to have her be technically older than Kal, until her course to earth set off a chain of events and delayed her arrival 24 years. This also confirms to skeptics that this can in no way be related to the movies. It can however, crossover with the CW universe if they so desire. The tone is very similar to The Flash so I think that's the only show I can see her appearing in. I liked that the show also took some of Superman's lore and tweaked it a bit. Her parents are scientists and Superman's old guides in learning how to deal with her powers and this time this Kryptonian has a sibling. Perhaps I missed it but I don't think they mentioned what happened to Kara's earth parents, so I hope that's addressed in the coming episodes.

The show also took a spin on the Superman colleague Jimmy Olsen. May I be the first to say, this was a welcomed change. Mehcad Brooks was the biggest bright spot of the episode. Much more so than the other love interest, Winn Schott. I smell a Foggy from Daredevil situation here. The tone of his character and demeanor seems to be from an entirely different show. So as for now, Jeremy Jordan will have to win me over with his performance. I'd be remiss not to mention Melissa Benoist's performance as Supergirl. If you follow her on Instagram or any social media you know she's one of the most charming stars of Hollywood, and she showed flashes of that in the episode. At times the writing seemed to be a little bit too 'derpy' but I know that her Kara Danvers side is the secret identity so it needed to be a little off.

I'm not sure how much mythology there is for a full series of Supergirl or that they can even use so I'm a little worried about that. Plus, Kryptonite has already been introduced and so has her aunt as the lead villain? It's an interesting take and again, I'm not sure if that's in the lore, I just want good storytelling. Speaking of which, I don't think all of the human drama worked in this episode. I had flashes of the family issues that Full House used to have every episode and I don't want this show to rely on problems like that. But nonetheless, I do have hope for this show. Don't be Gotham bad, that's all I ask.

+Benoist' charm

+Mechad Brooks

+Special effects

-Some drama fell flat

-Find your tone

-Ending twist


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