New Hero on the Block

That new hero is yours truly. Yeah I got me some super powers so I’ll be jumping out of burning buildings and saving little kittens stuck up on trees too… I wish. But can you blame me, there’s just something about having special abilities bloated-government-cartoonthat other humans don’t have and saving the world with those abilities. Superpowers are just cool and super heroes even cooler; who wouldn’t want to fly, emit laser beams from their eyes, save a plane in distress or bounce bullets off their bodies. The latter two would definitely come in handy in a country like Nigeria where planes are necessary evils and our police force have a strong phobia for gun wielding criminals. Did I mention that my beloved naija too has a superhero; the former governor that looked the Senate right in the eye and swore he had never take a bribe in his life. Hilarious right. I’m surprised the upper chamber didn’t burst out laughing; I know I was ROTFL.

batman-superman-759Back to the real heroes, the screen has never lacked for super heroes from Superman to Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, the list goes on.   And our new hero to screen this season is a girl! YayIt’s Supergirl; Superman’s cousin. Superman has a cousin? It would appear so. Apparently Superman didn’t think it necessary Supergirl (1)to let us know that he was sent to earth with his 12 year old cousin, Kara Zor-El to protect him. But she got trapped in some timeless universe and didn’t make it down to earth until Superman was all grown up and no more in need of her protection. She gets taken in by a normal family, The Danvers. And although she has super powers like her cousin, she decides not to be super hero and opts for a normal life. Up until she’s 24 anyway then she finally embraces her true self and becomes Supergirl.

The fictional Supergirl character was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. In May 2011, Supergirl placed 94th on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.  A number of different characters have assumed the Supergirl mantle over the decades, with the most popular and enduring version of the character being Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite.  Due to changing editorial policy at DC, Supergirl was initially killed off in the 1985 re-establishing Superman’s character as the sole survivor of Krypton’s destruction. But apparently now she’s been unkilled…. if there’s such a word.

The most recent series was created by Ali Alder, Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Flash) and Andrew Kreishberg. Starring Melissa Benoist (Glee) and Calista Flockhart (Ally Mcbeal). Initially one pilot was released to test the waters but due to the viewers overwhelming response the producers went on to produce a full season.

supergirl_fightThe series does have some cool effects and the fight scenes aint bad. Perhaps they could get some tips from our naija lawmakers. At least that way their boxing skills would be put to good use rather than just being utterly shameless. My problem with the series would be characterization; the characters just don’t pop for me. Everyone’s too goody too shoes giving the series this mushy mush feeling (code name for boring). But considering how most series do seem to drag in the 1st season and don’t become interesting until the 2nd or 3rd season, hopefully Supergirl will pick up too. That is if it makes it that far…. just saying.

Be sure to hook up with Supergirl and let me know what you think about it. Maybe we might even take a poll on the ‘Best Superhero of the Screen’, so watch out. Until then, don’t stop watching the movies.

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    eniola
    November 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Thanksgiving came a week early to Supergirl after CBS made the respectful decision in the aftermath of the Paris attacks to pull the previously scheduled episode (“How Does She Do It?”) that featured National City being hit by a series of bombings. Supergirl is a series that is still establishing itself, and the potential for problems arising from skipping an episode—or losing it all together—are greater for it than for a veteran drama like NCIS: Los Angeles, which also pulled its originally scheduled episode. But jumping straight to “Livewire” from “Fight or Flight” didn’t do much damage to the show’s arc or its structure. Aside from the turkey being under-cooked by a week, Cat namedropping a kid we’ve never met, and James and Lucy already taking off to Ojai as a couple, everything was right on track. And to be honest, I didn’t need to see James and Lucy rekindle their relationship.

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