Milestone Monday: The five-year anniversary of CW’s “Supergirl”

"Supergirl" on The CW

On October 26, 2015, over 12 million viewers were in for a treat when Melissa Benoist took flight for the first time as Supergirl on CBS.

Created by the powers behind Arrow and The Flash, the series follows the adventures of Kara (Zor-El) Danvers, a refugee from Krypton who was sent to Earth to watch over her cousin Kal-El, who grew up on Smallville and went on to stand for truth, justice and the American Way as Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).  However, Kara’s pod went off-course and didn’t arrived on Earth until years later, and her cousin was already known to the world as Metropolis’ Man of Steel.  For the next 12 years, Kara hid her identity until an accident forced her to come out to the world.  To some, Kara Danvers was a reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media, but she secretly works with her adopted sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) to defend the people of National City from threats that endangers the Earth.  

The Paragon of “Help, Hope and Compassion for All”, Kara Danvers is Supergirl, the Girl of Steel.

Supergirl is a symbol that means “Stronger Together” with the Danvers sisters, James Olsen/Guardian (Mehcad Brooks), Winn Schott/Toyman (Jeremy Jordan), Nia Nal/Dreamer (Nicole Maines), Brainy (Jesse Rath), Mon-El (Chris Wood), J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (David Harewood), Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the media mogul that first made Supergirl into a brand of righting wrongs and seeing justice done. 

In its first two seasons, Supergirl serves as the bright light to the darkness and madness that is FOX’s Gotham: representing positivity against the “mean girl” that can come in the form of either Livewire or Reign.  Supergirl is the champion against bullies such as Ben Lockwood/Agent Liberty (Sam Witmer) and Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer).

When the show moved to the CW for its second season, Supergirl allowed the characters like Alex to be heroes in their own right.  Critics and fans praised Leigh’s performance when Alex came out as a lesbian and fell in love with NCPD detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), and the couple “Sanvers” was born.  As Dreamer, Maines broke ground on television as the world’s first transgender superhero against discrimination and prejudice.  Private detective J’onn J’onzz became the person aliens and humans can go to when the police can’t help them.  Another fan favorite is Lena Luthor, who came to National City to make the Luthor name a force for good, but proves to be a powerful force herself with her confidence, beauty, intelligence, and humanity while also becoming a force with Kara/Supergirl as “SuperCorp”.  Like Kara/Supergirl, fans fight for Lena because she is a good person underneath the Luthor name that doesn’t deserve her.

Remaining one of the world’s finest, Supergirl returns for her final adventures in 2021 on the CW.

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