Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) literally fights sexism in the latest trailer for the CBS sci-fi drama. The superheroine is manhandled by Vartox (Owain Yeoman), another alien hiding out on Earth.
“On my planet, females bow before males,” he talks down to her.
Supergirl tells Vartox that they’re not on his planet before slaming the super jerk into a conveniently placed brick wall.
Supergirl confronts sexist attitudes on and off the job…both of them. She has a secret identity similar to her cousin Superman. As Kara Danvers, she works at the media conglomerate CatCo. Kara butts heads with her girly boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), who dubs her Supergirl instead of Superwoman. When Kara tries to reveal her secret to her co-worker Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy Jordan), he assumes her secret is that she’s a lesbian based on her rejection of his advances. Winn then designs her a provocative costume that seems for his benefit than hers. Supergirl is even dismissed by her boss at the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO). Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) suggests that she stick to fetching coffee but he’s eventually won over by the powerful woman.
Supergirl is a role model for girls the actress told Inquisitr.
“In a way, Kara is discovering herself right now when we meet her in the pilot, and I’m glad that I get to show girls that you can do anything you want to do.” Benoist said.
Vartox is based on his comic book counterpart, who has become comically sexist since his reintroduction in Power Girl #7. He seeks out the ulimate mate when his planet is sterilized by a “contraceptive bomb.” Vartox chooses Power Girl, the Supergirl of an alternate Earth. He shoots her with a powerful cologne designed to make her “accessible.” Essentially, a date rape drug. Fortunately, she’s immune to it and his so-called charms. PG eventually agrees to help by donating her DNA via a “pregno-ray” that impregnates both the women and men.
Power Girl gets amnesia and becomes the unlikely sidekick of Harley Quinn in their new buddy series. They encounter Vartox, who is also not himself. He’s been brainwashed and turned evil though his opinions on women remain unchanged in Harley Quinn and Power Girl #3. Vartox accuses Power Girl of using her controversial boob window to distract men with her breasts. PG points out that he’s not one to talk considering his loincloth and nipple ring ensemble.
“Actually it is more of a reaction to deep-rooted masculine insecurities and the result of a tumultuous relationship with my mother,” he responds.
Power Girl is left speechless by his insightful introspection but Vartox reveals it was a just lie to leave her open to an attack.
Stunningly, the solicitation for Harley Quinn and Power Girl #4 suggests Vartox finally manages to make Power Girl his bride possibly due to his new cologne.
Given the feminist feel of the TV show it’s doubtful we’ll see Supergirl succumb to mind control.
Supergirl premieres October 26, Monday on CBS.