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Supergirl Takes Flight…

(DC Comic/Warner Bros-2015)

(DC Comic/Warner Bros-2015)

Warner Brothers’ Supergirl series has been snapped up by CBS, the network confirmed the order for the series yesterday. The series comes from the same creators of the extremely popular Arrow and Flash, and it has been confirmed that they will share the same on-screen universe, and to expect crossover stories. 

Actress Melissa Benoist is playing the lead role of Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-EL in the series, and initially the show will follow Kara’s attempt at coming to terms with her new powers, and a new life away from her destroyed planet of Krypton. Interestingly, former Supergirl, Helen Slater has also been cast to appear in the series, though her role is as yet undetermined.

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Girl of Steel, Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Supergirl was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino in 1959 as a female counterpart to the Man of Steel. Making her first appearance in Action Comics #252, she became an instant hit with comic book fans across the globe. Kara is the last survivor of Krypton’s Argo City, sent to earth in a rocket pod by her father Zor-EL. Whilst on Earth, Kara acquired the same powers as her cousin Superman, and adopted the secret identity of Linda Lee Danvers, and at her cousins request, only becomes Supergirl in secret, until she is able gain sufficient control and confidence in her escalating powers.

Supes Kara

We are huge Supergirl fans here at the Precinct, so it’s great to see the series has been picked up by CBS. Also this will hopefully start a trend to bring more female characters to the fore in both television and cinema, and Supergirl is definitely one of the best possible choices to lead this charge.

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #177

(DC comics, Wonder Woman, 1941-2015)

(DC comics, Wonder Woman, 1941-2015)

Welcome back friends to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazonian superhero. This week we present you with: Wonder Woman #177, released in 1968, written by Bill Finger, with cover art by Irv Novick and interior art by Win Mortimer and Jack Abel.

WW #177.1

This classic issue contains a titanic clash between Diana and Kara Zor-El, better known to most people as Supergirl, in a story entitled, Wonder Woman & Supergirl versus the planetary conqueror. The above image of the colossal struggle between Diana and Kara is one of the few pieces that show Wonder Woman without her iconic bullet deflecting bracelets (which are removed pre-fight).

The Bracelets of Submission, to give them their true name are worn by the Amazons as a reminder of the years that they were subjugated by demi-god Hercules. Centuries after gaining their independence, they continue to wear the bracelets as a symbol of their past oppression. Diana’s bracelets were originally formed from the legendary, Shield of Aegis.

WW bracelets of submission

The inspiration for the creation of the bracelets originated with Diana’s creator, William Moulton Marston, who based them on the bracelets that his lover Olive Byrne would frequently wear. 

Join us again in a weeks time for another classic WW cover, my admirable amazonian associates!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane….it’s Supergirl!

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‘That’s right…I’m baaaaaack!’

It looks like we will be getting yet another classic Superhero gracing our TV screens real soon, this time everyone’s favourite girl of steel – Supergirl. Warner Brothers are currently working on an adaptation of the character, and fan favourite comic author Geoff Johns is rumoured to be onboard. Supergirl, real name Kara Zor-El was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino in 1958 as a female counterpart to Superman, she is his cousin and one of the few survivors of the destruction of their home planet of Krypton. 

supergirl helen slater

This of course isn’t the first time Clark Kent’s Kryptonian cousin has appeared in film and television, she was portrayed in the 1984 move ‘Supergirl’ by actress Helen Slater, a much maligned movie that yes is rather cheesy, but is also a whole lot of fun…plus it’s one of the very few Superhero movies that has a female Superhero as its star, and Helen was great in the role, looking very much like the comic character herself. 

Supergirl

In 2007, actress Laura Vandervoort portrayed the girl of steel in the television series Smallville, and continued to play the character for the rest of the series, we have always thought that the actress bore a striking resemblance to comic artist Michael Turner’s amazing rendition of Supergirl. With Superhero TV series’ getting popular with shows like Arrow, the Flash and Gotham, it’s about time we see more female comic characters on screen, and Supergirl is the perfect choice to lead the way!

Precinct1313 Anticipation Rating: Stratospheric!