Thursday, March 26, 2015
Supergirl And The Legion Theory ...
In June, DC Comics won't publish a Supergirl book.
In September, CBS will air a Supergirl show.
And we know that DC has some plans for Supergirl 'later this year'.
Now the sentiment is that DC has paused Supergirl as a book to try to re-align the comic character with the television show character. I have questioned the rationality of that. We didn't need to cancel Green Arrow or The Flash or Constantine or Batman because of the shows Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, and Gotham respectively.
But let's just say that the reason why DC is pausing the Supergirl book is to re-align things (which I think is the reason).
How do you go from 17 year old Kryptonian on Earth alone to ...
The 24 year old working woman.
How do you bridge that gap?
Well in the past, I had a theory that DC could shunt Supergirl into the future with the Legion. Let's say she spends 5 years in the future and then returns as a 22 year old. Suddenly you can align Kara and her TV character a bit more.
And you can leave those five years unexplored in continuity. They can be like the five years of the Five Years Later Legion or the One Year Later after 52.
It also leverages an existing historical association between Supergirl and the Legion. That might make older fans like more easily tolerate that we are missing out on part of the hero's journey.
But even that theory was something of a stretch at first. There was no Legion in the DCU. And there was no reason or rationale behind Supergirl heading into the 31st century.
But then we got this moment in Justice League United #10.
First off, Infinitus in JLU reestablished a Legion in the current Earth-0 universe.
But then we get this scene where we learn that Supergirl and Brainiac 5 have met before when he is younger and she is older. There suddenly is a history ... even if it hasn't happened yet.
Could this little side scene be a way that DC can explain or rationalize sending Supergirl into the future? That she heads to the future, joins the Legion. And then she has a falling out (maybe whatever happened with Brainy as hinted here) and that prompts her to return to the present? Could these 2 panels pave the way for my theory to come true??
I'd go 'all in' if this was a comic book high stakes poker game!