"It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not a man. It's Supergirl."
CBS is looking to join the success The CW has had with The Flash and Arrow by introducing us to Kara Zor-el in Supergirl.
Origin stories are about how the unconfident find their strength. Barry Allen was a slow, uncoordinated geek before getting struck by lightning to become the Flash. Oliver Queen was a self-centered playboy before realizing he could help his friends, family and city as Green Arrow.
Kara Zor-el is working as an assistant to a boss right out of The Devil Wears Prada. She is flustered by cute boys and can't find an outfit for her date.
TV audiences are ready for female superheroes. Half of heroes on Arrow are women, and they are bad-ass. They can hold their own in a fight and in many cases, they can best the men.
So why has CBS presented a female title character as if she has stepped out of junior high?
Saturday Night Live recently presented us with this delicious spoof:
Over-the-top silly, yes, but as CBS has shown us – not too far from the mark. Superheroes can be women, but must they be that stereotypical girl?
As Kara's boss said in this trailer, "girls can be powerful." I only hope that CBS can find the way to show it.