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The New 'Supergirl' Just Dropped a Big Ol' F-Bomb. As In Feminist

By Vivian Kane | Industry | January 12, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | January 12, 2015 |

The upcoming Supergirl TV show doesn’t have a premiere date or a cast yet (though there are some rumors), but the interview teases have already begun. CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave us our first bits of information about the show. First off, how CBS-y will Supergirl be, exactly?

There will be [crime] cases, but what [executive producers] Ali Adler and Greg Berlanti pitched was a real series arc for her. The beauty of it is now with shows like Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.
Okay, so it’s not CSI, but it’s not a sitcom either. Cool, cool. So what is this show about? Who is Supergirl?
[She’s ]a very strong, independent young woman. She’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. It’s a female empowerment story. If you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that … We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.
Awesome. As a refresher, when Tassler implies Supergirl is a “feminist,” here are some things that doesn’t mean:

She hates men.
She thinks she’s better than all men.
She wants to be a man.
She will never, ever have a romantic relationship or bake a pie.

Okay, now that we’ve got that covered, what does this mean?

She’s got to be an every woman. She’s got to be specific. She’s got to be a terrific actor. I think back to having had the good fortune of being at Warner Bros. when we were doing Lois & Clark, the chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher was really wonderful. So I think in this case, it’s looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.

Oh, and one last thing. What about the outfit?

We have seen the costume. Awesome costume.

Via EW.

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