Melissa Benoist as the latest Supergirl, airing this November.

by Rey Beltran |

Am sure, more than a handful of you have already seen the pilot of Supergirl, thanks to whoever leaked it online! But for those who don’t want to be spoiled, you may stop reading and find another article that will tickle your fancy.

That being said, here’s what we learned from the pilot episode of Supergirl:

  1. Kara Danvers is her secret identity. Her foster parents are Helen Slater (the original Supergirl) and Dean Cain (Superman in Lois and Clark). Nice touch there, Warner Bros. TV!
  1. There are quite a number of people in the know about Kara being Supergirl, namely: Jimmy Olsen, Winslow Schott (Toyman for those who read Superman the comic book), her adoptive sister Alexandra Danvers, Kara’s adoptive parents, Hank Henshaw (The Cyborg Superman for those who read Superman the comic book) and the staff of DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), and of course, the prisoners in the Phantom Zone.
  1. Superman is shown in shadows. Quite clever blocking, actually.
  1. Jimmy Olsen is being set up as a love interest for Kara.
  1. Cat Grant is not the naïve character we know from the comic book. Here, she is a clone of Miranda Priestly (the boss from hell in The Devil Wears Prada). Quite a departure from the single mom, victim-of-circumstances, Cat Grant here is a take-charge woman who hires and fires based on her whims.
  1. Kara’s arch nemesis will be her aunt (name not yet revealed)! It can also be told that Alura (Kara’s mother) plays a vital role like that of Jor-El as judge and jailer of Krypton’s criminals. Hmmm…
  1. The prison colony that was released from the Phantom Zone (which came along Supergirl’s rocketship) sets up a villain or monster-of-the-week format for the TV show. So, yes, more than a handful of nemeses for our Supergirl here that will surely last the first season of the show, and beyond, if the ratings will zoom up, up, and away!

Those are just offhand observations. But it really sets up a lot of paths for future stories for the TV show. The DEO alone is one questionable government agency in the DC Universe. It turned rogue and tried to manipulate Batwoman. Hank Henshaw is the Cyborg Superman in the comic book. Will he become a villain in this TV series? And so is Winslow Schott a.k.a. The Toyman. Cat Grant might prove to be too much to handle since she seems to be obsessed with Supergirl; she’s too gray a character in the series.

Of course, let it be known that Supergirl is sharing the same universe as The Flash and Green Arrow. So expect a crossover sooner or later.