I enjoy watching superhero movies and when my friend mentioned that there was a relatively new show on named Supergirl I had to watch a snippet to see what it was like! I have not been able to catch a full length episode of the show yet, however, I stubbled upon this clip when looking for the trailer of the show and was not very impressed.
This clip is from Season 2 and controversially features Superman who was not in the first season of Supergirl at all. In the clip, Supergirl is portrayed as very weak and helpless. If her powers have anywhere near the potency as Superman’s powers,s then there is no reason she should let this lame villain beat her around like this.
She puts up her fists up like she is preparing to fight the villain purely with her physical strength and proceeds to throw the first punch off balance and with terrible aim and power. When she is finally knocked to the ground by the villain’s fire/electricity blasts she is conveniently knocked unconscious and right as the villain is about to finish her, Supergirl faintly sees someone save her which we know is Superman.
Not only does this show that she can’t hold her own against a male villain, but it also shows that she has to be saved by a male superhero as well. This completely takes away from her credibility as a superhero and also as a power female presence in general.
Comparing her to other female heroes and villains from the popular Marvel movies such as Catwoman and Rogue, she seems completely exposed and not intimidating to male counterparts in the least. At the end of the clip, it does show Supergirl unpleased with Superman Saving her and claims that she needs/can do the job on her own which attributes a little more independence and integrity to her name, however, the overall portrayal of Supergirl in this clip was in fact not super, but weak, defenseless, and made the hero seem like the damsel in distress.
Kendall Fischlein (Blog #5)