CBS’ brand new drama Supergirl has been making headlines after putting together a solid premiere. The show was generally well-reviewed and absolutely crushed in the ratings, but it did so with at least a few criticisms. Among these is the fact that Supergirl ultimately opted to roll with a shorter skirt and the original name of the character, with a few people feeling the term “girl” is demeaning to the heroine. Recently, producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke out about the topic, explaining that the staff took the skirt and name into consideration but ultimately opted to keep them intact. Here’s why:
The Supergirl name has become iconic over the years. Plus, it works to differentiate TV's Kara Zor-El from Superwoman, although that gets complex when you look into the history of Superwoman and the fact that she has been a bunch of characters. In addition, I think CBS was going for youthful when they signed on for Supergirl, and keeping the name to engage a younger audience isn’t the worst idea I’ve ever heard.
Which brings us to the costume. In the interview with the Huffington Post, Kreisberg also says that the look was changed from the comics.
Arrow and The Flash costume designer Colleen Atwood was also behind the Supergirl design, and while she ultimately chose a skirt for the character, Kreisberg says it was a way to take some ideas from the comics and some ideas we have concerning modern women and merge them together. There’s actually a great scene from the pilot that addresses this. Kara’s pal, Winn, puts her in a few uncomfortable iterations before jumping into an outfit she is comfortable with. That’s the cool thing about being Supergirl. You can look great, be comfortable and still be a badass—all while wearing the same skirt. These are heights I’m still trying to achieve. At least I have the skirt thing down.
You can tune in and see how you like the Supergirl name and look on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, only on CBS.
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