Watch: ‘Supergirl’ Argues for Gender Equality in Superhero Names

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Feminists unite: Supergirl is ready to take flight — and she’s not happy about that moniker either.

In the latest teaser for CBS’ new fall series, Melissa Benoist’s Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl) is pretty peeved that her soaring crime-fighter doesn’t have — what she believes to be — a name equal to the one given to her cousin Clark Kent’s alter ego. But her boss, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), tries to convince (well, intimidate) her to keep the name.


Perhaps Supergirl will accept that there are some nicknames not worth fighting over?

“Supergirl” premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

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  1. leo says:

    first off supergirl is actually a technically she is still a girl and not a woman

    • TS Jones says:

      You are correct! In 1959 when Supergirl appeared in Action Comics, Kara Zor-El (the character’s Kryptonian name) was 16 (!!!) years old. Superman at that time was MUCH older. It’s not the fault of the source material that modern TV and movies are messing with the ages of characters (I’ve noticed a lot of heroes being cast as much YOUNGER than they would be in the comics, with the exception of Batman – heck Christian Bale is in his 40s, obviously he was old enough to play a millionaire business tycoon). Supergirl is supposed to be in High School. It’s the show that changed that. None the less, the superhero is named “Supergirl”. Changing the name is stupid.

  2. BillUSA says:

    Y’know, I wish Hollywood could find a way of getting OUT of the activism business and focus on making entertaining movies.

    Oh, and the “Superman” moniker is already taken, so deal with it girls.

  3. V Ellis Wade says:

    What a load. Cat Grant didn’t “intimidate” Kara into going with the Supergirl moniker; she shed light on the fact that people who are overly sensitive to ‘girl vs. woman’ are actually the problem. Way to twist the context, Variety.

  4. adam says:

    would she rather be called superfemale? or super person? not very bright is she?

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