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Last week, CBS announced that it had picked up “Supergirl” — a show centered around Superman’s niece – for the upcoming fall season, and because of the depressing lack of strong female superheroes in pop culture, immediately got our hopes up. The 6-minute long trailer they just released all but smashed those hopes, however, as it seems to tick off every single tired rom-com staple. A lot of people on the internet immediately pointed out the similarities with the recent SNL skit where Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow “superhero movie” turns out to be a cliched romantic comedy. There’s the “plain” character (i.e. a beautiful girl with a ponytail and glasses), with the shitty assistant job, the horrible boss (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?) and the awkward hot best friend/love interest dynamics. We even get a cringeworthy, faux-feminist speech from said terrible boss (played by Calista Flockhart) about the empowering qualities of the world “girl”. As iO9 points out, it gets somewhat better halfway through, when we get to see some of the actual superhero action, where the perfectly casted lead actress Melissa Benoist comes somewhat more into her own. We’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now, but this really isn’t what a modern female superhero should look like.
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