Why Power Girl Deserves a TV Show before Supergirl

I truly like Supergirl as a character, she’s young playful, cute and very likeable. She’s basically every young blonde girl on T.V. The majority of American primetime shows have had the same formula, or at least had some of the same consistent elements, since the dawn of television; a “perfect” protagonist; young, very attractive, blonde, with that something that makes her dynamic.

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On Friday, September 19, Berlanti Productions (same guys responsible for production of Arrow and upcoming show The Flash) in association with Warner Bros officially announced that they would be producing a Supergirl television series for CBS. The show already has some established people working on it, which is evidence of a good foundation. It will most likely have an origin story and many supporting comic book characters to flesh out Kara Zor-el’s character. The show will aim to stay as close to the comics as it can, with the following premise:

Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-el escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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I truly like Supergirl as a character, she’s young playful, cute and very likeable. She’s basically every young blonde girl on T.V. The majority of American primetime shows have had the same formula, or at least had some of the same consistent elements, since the dawn of television; a “perfect” protagonist; young, very attractive, blonde, with that something that makes her dynamic. The something is that she is silly or fits the stereotype of a “dumb blonde”, she’s a heartthrob or in rare cases she’s empowering like Emily on Revenge. There’s always some sort of a love story (Richard Malverne) and an identity crisis (living in the shadow of being Big Blue’s cousin). Moral of the story, I think it was a safe choice for NBC to take on Supergirl. They are jumping into the comic book adaptation rat race just like 94% of Hollywood and using a very well known character. Even if you don’t know anything about Supergirl, you know the famous red and blue outfit. It seems to be a common thread for DC to give popular or well-known characters many different opportunities, (like the slew of Batman movies and shows) and leave lesser know fascinating characters underutilized. Just think, how interesting would a suspense-mystery show based on The Question be? They broke that tradition when they decided to give Green Arrow a chance and it’s proved to be a huge payoff. One of the best elements of the Arrow is that he is flawed. We watched Oliver Queen make many mistakes but more importantly, we saw his evolution, which added weight to how we perceived his future endeavors.

Power Girl is a character with that same potential for growth, but what is special about her is that she matures into one hell of a woman. Karen Starr’s whole identity is to mock sexism, embrace female sexuality and independence. Unlike Wonder-Woman, she isn’t the ambassador of all women and peace; she is just a typical girl dealing with obstacles that every woman tends to face. The only difference is that she has powers and decides to use them to be a hero. She demonstrates that a woman can be “just one of the guys” as well as sexy. Like Iron-Man, there really isn’t too much of a divide between Karen Starr and Power Girl. She often forgets about her secret identity and has a tendency to walk through the front door of her apartment in her costume.

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She’s has a strong presence in every aspect of her life, but is still very self-aware. She has hang ups about relationship problems and debates with herself about wearing sweatpants to the office.

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Power Girl is very certain of herself in a society that can be cruel, especially towards women. Her stories acknowledge that we live in a patriarchal society and draw attention to the sad fact that men only find her attractive because of her physique and not her self-sufficiency. She confronts everyday sexism and makes a mockery of those who perform it. While fighting a villain she often questions whether or not she can win, but she shakes off the doubtful thoughts and reminds herself how great she really is. She pulls herself up when she’s down. Power Girl is an empowering heroine, a type of super-hero character we’ve never seen on screen before.

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Feminism is lacking in mainstream media. Power Girl embodies the ideals of feminism and equality but would also be a great choice for fulfilling the female super hero in media fix everyone is asking for. Power Girl would be more of an appropriate choice to show the levels of an everyday woman, but most importantly, to show that women can be flawed while remaining every bit still as “Powerful”.

“To live, to live would be an awfully big adventure” – A Few Words about Robin Williams

If there was one actor that singlehandedly brought joy into my life during my childhood, it was Robin Williams. I believe that anyone who had the opportunity to see any of his work, could undoubtly agree that he entertained and touched all of us hearts. Either it is the fan favorite Mrs. Doubtfire, the inspirational Good Will Hunting, the classic Disney movie Aladdin, the heart wrenching, Jack or my personal favorite, Hook, it reminded me to never forget to remain a child at heart. Upon hearing of his death, my heart sank into my stomach and at that moment, the world felt a little bit colder. Robin Williams usually chose movie roles that reflected his personality; he used comedy and professional acting as a tool to promote positivity and inspiration. From stories of those closest to him, he exuded happiness and positivity.

 

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When I read about his relationship with Christopher Reeve, it gave me an opportunity to understand his caliber as man. The two met in Julliard College. They remained friends for years. In 1996, after Christopher Reeve’s unfortunate accident that left him paralyzed, he suffered extreme depression and even contemplated suicide.

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Then one night before undergoing surgery, Reeves recalls hunchbacked man rushing into his hospital room dressed with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses shouting in a Russian accent. The man announced that he was present to perform his rectal exam. It was Robin Williams channeling his role from the movie 9 months. Reeve stated that “For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay”. After countless medical procedures, Reeve couldn’t afford the bills, Robin Williams then nobly elected to pay for all of his medical expenses. Williams took up as many acting roles in the late 1990’s to earn enough money to keep his promise to his friend. Even though I never got the opportunity to meet him, I felt like Robin Williams was apart of my family. His movies made me laugh, cry and everything in between. They resonated with me and will always be a huge part of my upbringing. Ironically a man so notoriously known from bring joy to people, died alone and sad. That’s what is most heartbreaking to people, when you love someone, you want them to go peacefully. I believe that everyone that has witnessed Robin Williams in some form genuinely loved him and his contributions to the world. He made us remember that comedy is a form a love that can be universal. And if you stay in touch with your inner child, your accomplishments can be boundless.

Quick Man Of Steel Review

 

Soooo, my young lovely friend and comic book fiend Sophia wrote this short but sweet review on the Man of Steel. Not only is it informative but it raises questions that i know everyone has had with the recent adaptation of Supes. Tell me what you think ?

So yesterday I saw the Man of Steel and it was fantastic! I was a little worried about this movie because the trailer wasn’t exciting (for me at first) and I didn’t know the actor (Henry Cavill). Also the suit modification, though taking out the red undies was a smart move lol. Anywho, it was a great movie because, well when I say this don’t be alarmed, it was like Skyfall (which I loved) and when I saw that I mean it brought a new tone to Superman, it was fresh and new but still having a classic touch. It was darker, not too dark like Nolan Batman Dark but to reassure this is the Superman of 2013. Christopher Reeve’s flawless 1978 Superman had a lighter tone (nothing wrong with that) but if we were to imitate that (like in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns ugh) it would be a disaster. It’s 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is ludicrous, the film was not bad it was different in a good way. It had some faults like too many action scenes like tone it down bit and make this scene more about triumph (SPOILERS: like that scene when he destroys that thing that weakens his powers and have a VoiceOver by Jonathan Kent or Jor-El I dunno that would be touching). That was one thing that bothered me but overall this movie was fantastic and totally recommended to anyone! #manofsteel #henrycavill #superman #moviereview

Superman: Red Son Review

Superman: Red Son Review

My girlfriend and I just finally got the opportunity to read the three part mini series Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kililian Plunkett. It was a superb take on the classic, iconic character. My girlfriend, Rachel, was kind enough to write a quick review, so enjoy it!

Hey! I’m Rachel, I’m just passing through to give you guys a quick review of DC Comic’s Elseworld story, Superman: Red Son.

We all know Superman is as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, but what if he wasn’t? What if Kal El’s ship went into orbit a few hours later and he crash landed on one of the collective farms of communist Russia? Writer Mark Millar takes this concept and runs full speed with it. The story reshapes the World War II/Cold War history that was so instrumental in shaping Big Blue’s creation and history by giving the super-powered edge to the USSR. Superman is a loyal supporter of Josef Stalin and the communist ideals and would defend them to his last breath.

Millar’s use of familiar characters in unfamiliar roles is fresh and exciting. Of course you will see Lex Luthor (as the symbol of hope for the American people), Lois Lane (Luthor’s dedicated wife), Jimmy Olsen and Mrs. Kent. Most of the Justice League make appearances as well, notably Batman and Wonder Woman, though not in ways you might expect.

I would give Superman: Red Son a solid 9.5/10. There’s a few small questions unanswered at the end of it all which is why I can’t give it a perfect 10 but Millar pushed Superman to a limit, playing with a side of him we don’t get to see in continuity. It’s ideal if you want to get some Superman literature under your belt but you don’t want to pick up in the middle of a story arc and risk missing something.