Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Season 2 Trailers

I have tried to avoid covering all the news that has come out about the television show because other sites will do that much better. If I am just posting links and blurbs, I'm not adding much to the mix.

But there has been news and items that are so incredible and so jaw-dropping that I feel I need to comment. And this week, two major things dropped that brought me such joy that I felt I need to comment on them here. After months of silence, the CW dropped two trailers on the same day. And both of them showcase not only Supergirl but also Superman! And most importantly, it showcases the two together, working as partners and family. And frankly, that has been missing for most of the last 10 years, and definitely the last 5, in comic. And so I feel I need to applaud it and loudly.

But there is so much more. I have basically watched these on a loop and I haven't stopped grinning.

Here is the link to the first trailer:

We get a nice big dollop of Tyler Hoechlin's Clark Kent. He is charming and mild mannered. He says 'lickety split' and has to promise Perry White that he'll make a deadline.

Hoechlin really channels the small town 'aw shucks' feel of Clark in these opening seconds.

But then he hears about a spacecraft malfunctioning and crashing to Earth. The newsreporter hopes that 'he is listening', that is Superman.

And then we get a great shirt rip.

Clark runs down an alley, tossing his tie to the side and tearing open his dress shirt to reveal the S-shield.

It is perfect.

But this isn't a Metropolis emergency. This is a national emergency. And so a plea is on the National City newsfeed with that reporter hoping that 'she' hears about it.

Cut to Jimmy Olsen saying that she does. And out walks Supergirl who streaks out the window. I love Kara's determined heroic gait as she streaks into action.

And then we get a scene that I have been waiting for my entire life.

Supergirl and Superman arrive to save the day.. There is a very warm 'hey cuz' as the two join in the rescue. "This is a job for the both of us!" Kara says.
It is glorious. Wonderful. Too long in coming.

I have been waiting for the super-cousins to act like loving and supportive family for a long time. Looks like we might get it here.

I will say that Supergirl arrives first and tries to slow the descent of the ship by pushing against the nose. It is very reminiscent of the jet rescue in Superman Returns (the best scene in that movie).

But then The CW doubled down and released another trailer, this one focusing not so much on the action and more on the idea of Superman's presence in National City. And it too is just fantastic. Here is the link: 

There is almost too much to love. After saving the ship, Kara excitedly, enthusiastically, runs up to Superman saying that rescue was 'terrible but awesome'. Of course a plummeting space ship is terrible. But the two working together *is* awesome!!

The way Supergirl jumps up and down, shaking her fists. She is clearly excited. She seems like a fan herself!

And then we see just how powerful a person, a symbol, Superman is in all his identities.

Clark arrives at CatCo and for the first time we see Cat being a little nervous. She stamps her feet and wiggles about how Clark is going to be there. She asks if she has anything in her teeth.

Could Cat be smitten with Clark? Does that explain her catty behavior about Lois?

Anyways, I appreciate that Clark is getting some love as well as Superman.

There is a great action sequence where we see a criminal shoot at Supergirl and she neatly grabs the bullet out of the air.

That is such a slick shot. I made it my Twitter theme. Just fantastic.

And then we see the DEO agents sort of melt when Superman arrives. Everyone sort of backs up like he is royalty. Alex comments that he smells nice. And Winn, in full fanboy mode, nearly evaporates when meeting the Man of Steel. He even asks the truly nerdish 'how do you shave' question.

I do wonder if the adulation heaped on Clark will irk Kara. Or if she will wade in like everyone else.

There is a 'blink and you'll miss her' peek at Lena Luthor and an attack on LexCorp (or LCorp).

I am intrigued with this running thread in this season.

But the big winder is Hoechlin as Superman. He clearly is a presence throughout as he walks the Superman walk through each scene. He is worthy of the sort of awe everyone shows. And yet, his demeanor is so good natured that he seems uncomfortable.

And he smiles!

And he winks!

I mean, I know I am judging a lot from snippets from trailers, but this is far away from the glum, brooding Man of Steel from the DC movies. This is what Superman should look like and act like.

We are 10 short days away from season two!


Anonymous said...

I have seen both trailers over and again and I can't stop grinning. The spacecraft rescue is perfect and I smile every time I see both cousins greeting each other and then teaming up.

And then I wonder what a movie featuring both Christopher Reeve and Helen Slater would be like. And I get sad.

Anyway... Heroes being heroic, positive and hopeful, smiling and getting along well with each other? Superman and Supergirl hanging together and treating each other as equals and close relatives? What manner of witchcraft is this?

And since Gotham was mentioned, we will see Barbara Gordon? I would love Supergirl and Batgirl becoming friends and teaming up.

Of course, I have seen people ranting on about the show and the trailers: "It's too kiddy/campy/cheesy!", "the dialogue is cringe-worthy!", "New 52 and the movies are better because they are darker and edgier, ergo more mature!". With all due respect, I say: Screw them. It's past time that DC realizes that people who hates Superman and his family are people who will NEVER like the characters and will NEVER buy the books even if DC changes the characters and the tone to serve the haters. They are the kind of people who praised Joe Kelly's Supergirl and found Sterling Gates' Kara boring. The kind of people who praised "Superman: Truth" and hate the pre-Flashpoint Superman. DC listened to them. Sales flopped.

"Supergirl" -the show- is not perfect by any means. But it is good enough for me, Superman and Supergirl actually look and behave like Superman and Supergirl, and... I don't want to endure two decades without the real Supergirl never again. I hope the show helps to cement Kara Zor-El "Supergirl"'s popularity so DC never kills her again.

(Although I miss post-Crisis Linda Danvers...)

(And I don't trust DC not to mess things up again)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your thoughts on both trailers Anj, and like you I have a perpetual huge grin from watching both these trailers.
SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT THEM! And so true on this comment :

> And then we get a scene that I have been waiting for my entire life.

Would ALWAYS have loved to have seen Reeve and Slater together onscreen together. I never got to see Welling and Vandervoot
together, but I've heard mixed things about it. Regarding the 2nd trailer, I can't help but ascribe much baser reactions
by both Cat and Alex to Clark / Superman's presence, but we'll see how it plays out. I love Melissa's intro to her cousin,
and Winn response is just BRILLIANT!

Indeed, I can't wait for Oct 10th! And 2nd previous Anon a Supergirl/Batgirl ep in the future'd be EPIC!


SG Fan said...


I think Kara's words sum up both of these trailers perfectly. It's just so good to see the show that nailed Supergirl's character, also get Superman's. It's just perfect, a classic Superman from what we've seen and we'll get to see the big guy and the Girl of Steel working together in and out of costume, a major live screen first :)

I'm just so pumped for the 10th now!

Elias said...

Just as long as Superman's fans don't get all uppity and demand a spin off for Supergirl's "Legacy Cousin"....they should be happy he gets any airtime at all, he is a bit of a barnacle clinging to the Mythos after all.



Anonymous said...

As I'm a young'un living in a world without cable I almost missed these trailers, so thank you for posting these little reviews of your reactions. Honestly, I'm thrilled for the second season! This show was such an uplifting and charming series last year. I'm glad they're free to introduce Superman to the show and they're not hampered by editorial concerns like they were (presumably) last season, or how Marvel tries to make all of their material share the same universe (ruining all of their TV in the process.)

Seeing Hoechlin in action I was surprised, and I wonder if this is intentional, that he felt "smaller" on screen than I was expecting. Just a feeling I had, thinking about the angles and they way he stands. I would have loved to see Tom Welling in the role, he really captured (for me) Clark Kent's charm and look - and he was a big boy who looked "broad" and "sturdy" on screen. But Hoechlin looks great! No real complaints, just a thought.

Looking forward to season two and some amazing crossovers! Bring on the Infinite Earths!