…And the DC Universe rejoices!
But wait. It’s not what you think. After nearly three months of rumor and speculation THE LYNDA CARTER will be joining the cast, not as the Amazon warrior from Themyscira (darn it!) but as the President of the United States. (Hey, if she does a good job can we write her in on the ballot in November?) Her character will be a recurring role, not a regular.
Ms. Carter is just one nod, which seems to be a running theme, to the DC universe (DCU), whether it’s a previous show, movie or the Supergirl comics.
Well, let’s examine some of the actors that have been involved in the first season: (We’ll get to Easter Eggs in a minute)
Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
Helen Slater (Supergirl (1984))
Tawny Cypress (Heroes)
Charles Halford (Constantine, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Malina Weissman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014))
Glenn Morshower (X-Men: First Class, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Crow: Stairway to Heaven)
Laura Vandervoort (Smallville)
Rich Ceraulo (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Sarah Robson (The Blue Beetle: Ted Kord Returns!)
Grant Gustin (The Flash, Arrow)
Justice Leak (Powers)
Eddie McClintock (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
While only five have been in the DCU, it seems the casting director loves actors that know the genre, even if they have been over in that “other” universe. Dean Cain and Helen Slater, up to this point have been the biggest catches and the biggest nods to all the other work that has been done. Now, we can add Ms. Carter. Ms. Carter’s character name has yet to be released. Does that mean she’ll be Diana Prince? I don’t know. That would be amazing though. Then we could see her kick butt as Wonder Woman. Honestly, she doesn’t look like she has aged much past thirty (I want to know her secret), so in my opinion she could totally pull it off. But, that’s another set of rights all together.
Does this mean there could be an appearance from Wonder Woman? Again, different set of licensing and remember the kerfuffle when Gal Gadot was cast? Do Wonder Woman fans want to go through that again? But, it could mean that the writers pull from the Wonder Woman comics like they have pulled from others for the first season.
I said we would get to Easter Eggs and here we are. How have the creative wizzes at Supergirl pulled from other comics or paid homage to previous “Super” works? Lets take a look.
Otto Binder, Al Plastino, and Curt Swan created Supergirl in 1959 for Action Comics #252. The bridge in the plane rescue sequence is Otto Binder Bridge and the aircraft rescue is a staple of the “Super” world. It’s been used on scene in the George Reeves series, Superman: The Movie, Lois & Clark, and Superman Returns. On the page it was used in the 1986 comic reboot Man of Steel.
We can’t forget the outfit. Who’s old enough to remember that awful bare midriff and skirt from the late 90s? No need to raise your hand. It’s okay. We won’t tell how old you are. (If you’ve read any previous articles… I’m as old as dirt.) That’s in there but not in quite the same style. It’s combined with two others, which I don’t recall. Thankfully. The 80s headband and the 70s hotpants are put with that midriff top. Sadly, that would have been a fashion win in the early 90s. Yikes. But hey, it’s Supergirl’s history and we can be glad it is jus that, history. While we’re on the subject of outfits, a big nod to the original Superman movie is the white tunic with the “S” (that’s not really an “S”) that Jor-El wore.
Vartox was borrowed from Superman and modified. Alura’s holographic projection, borrowed from the original Superman movies. Fort Rozz came from a limited series that ran in 1981 called Krypton Chronicles. Hank Henshaw was a villain from the book Adventures of Superman and returned in Reign of Supermen. Here he was adapted to play good guy J’onn J’onzz. Jimmy Olsen. Need I say more? I am very glad that Jimmy was adopted and that at the end of season one there was a budding romance with Kara. Hellgammite, not Kryptonian but made one for the purposes of the show and originally bugged Superman.
So, remember that scene in Superman: The Movie where Perry White demands they get the first interview with Superman? No? Huh. If you saw the pilot you should because Cat could have been Perry and Kara could have been Clark with her interjection.
Phew. And that is just the first episode and the beginning of the second. You see where I’m going with this? Fans of Supergirl (and the DCU in general) will notice more in season two with the switch from CBS to the CW. (That’s my prediction anyway!) The CW is the home for all things DCU, on the small screen anyway.
With the change we’ll get to see more crossovers and I am sure that Supergirl will be brought into line with Arrow and The Flash. Who knows? Maybe there will be a Wonder Woman on the small screen. I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Oh and by the way, we now have a premier date of 10 October 2016.