But there is a depressing theme with all of these shows. They seem to be targeting adult audiences, with dark tones and dramatic plot-lines.
So, When I first heard that a TV show based on Supergirl was being pitched, I immediately wanted it for my daughter. While initially the obvious landing place would be the CW, there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not they want the show for their network. While I think it could work, I'd much rather see the show go in a different direction. Something geared towards an age group closer to Kara's.
My daughter LOVES Supergirl but, at only 9 years old, she's not allowed to read the comic book. It's not written for her age group and, unless they give her the Batgirl treatment, it could be awhile before I let her start reading it. Her first introduction to Supergirl, aside from pink 'S' shields and Super Best Friends Forever tees, was in the pages of Superman Family Adventures. I want her to connect with the character's story, not just the image.
A Supergirl TV show should be about bringing in a new generation of fans to the character, therefore connecting to a younger audience. I hope and pray they don't pitch a pilot that runs along the lines of Arrow or Flash. Dark, violent and not airing until 9 or 10 pm.
My daughter has school in the morning.
Putting a Supergirl show on Teen Nick, however, as part of an after school lineup, would make perfect sense. Here are snippets of plot synopsis* from some of their current shows:
"She'll have to try to fit in, find new friends AND pass Sikowitz' silly assignments if she wants to make it to the big time." ~ Victorious
"...until they can find a way home, they're stuck in a small seaside town called Lightning Point. Their new friend Amber agrees to keep their secret, but the girls can't help attracting attention..." ~ Alien Surf Girls
"Thankfully they find a new ally in Bella, the new girl in town who reveals an equally surprising twist: she too is a mermaid with extraordinary super powers." ~ H2O
So let's take a look at what we have:
Shows like H2O and Alien Surf Girls prove that Teen Nick isn't opposed to trying something out of the ordinary and require some level of special effects. Most importantly, the station is experienced in putting on shows that can really connect to young female audiences.
- Girl trying to fit in? Check!
- Alien who is far from home, keeping a secret? Check!
- New girl with super powers? Check!
Featuring original programming geared towards pre-teen and teenaged audiences, it's a perfect fit for Supergirl.
I know there are a lot of older, male, comic book fans out there that want the show for themselves on networks like TNT, Fox or The CW but Supergirl needs to be for a younger generation and be able to connect to an audience that can relate to her problems. I'll be able to enjoy the show, as many other comic book nerd dads can, by watching it with her. It can be fun and light-hearted with a little teen drama sprinkled in for effect.
So, while WB is shopping it around, I hope they make a call to the executives at Nickelodeon so they can put a young, female superhero in front of a young, female audience.
*Plot synopsis' were taken directly from Teen Nick's website