“Because I’ve known pain. But I’ve also known love. And the people here are my family. I may have been born on Krypton, but I choose Earth. And I will protect it until my last breath.“
Supergirl has always been so much more than just Superman’s cousin. Since she first fell on Earth in her debut comic book in 1959, she has inspired many fans who long to see themselves represented in the stories they love. And in the year 2015, Supergirl reached an even wider audience with the arrival of her very own network show, the first female-led story of its kind since Lynda Carter’s run on Wonder Woman came to an end 36 years earlier.
Across the six seasons that followed, Supergirl widened its scope to reflect not just the women who look like Kara but also women from a much wider range of ethnicities, including fan-favorites like Maggie Sawyer, Miss Martian, and of course, our brand new Guardian, Kelly Olsen.
Along the way, Supergirl also introduced LGBTQ+ characters like Alex, Kara’s own sister. She even made history with the arrival of Nia Nal, TV’s first trans superhero.
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Supergirl Season 6 spoilers follow.
From being a submissive dependent, budding journalist to editor-in-chief and revealing her true identity as Supergirl, the show has shown us how to never lose hope, how to support each other, and have faith in our friends and family. It indeed is heartbreaking to see the show come to an end. But as the saying goes, an ending is a new beginning. Though season 7 of Supergirl may not air anymore, the 6 seasons have shown us what it is to love, respect, and be compassionate with fellow beings, be it human or alien.
Supergirl is a television series based on the DC Comics character, Supergirl. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Sarah Schechter. The first episode of the first season aired on CBS on October 26, 2015, for the 2015-16 season. CBS chose not to renew the show after the first season, and it moved to The CW for a second season in the 2016-17 season. The CW later gave the show an early third season renewal. On April 2, 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered in the 2018–19 season. Supergirl was revived for a fifth season on January 31, 2019, premiered in 2019-2020. On January 7, 2020, the series was renewed for a sixth and final season.
Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant, who hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen, as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats.
Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harwood, Calista Flockhart, Floriana Lima, Chris Wood, Katie McGrath, Odette Annable, Jesse Rath, Sam Witwer, Nicole Maines, April Parker Jones, Azie Tesfai, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, LaMonica Garrett, Peta Sergeant
Can we expect Supergirl on screen again?
With the end of Supergirl comes the end of all these inspiring characters and the many stories they still had left to tell. Melissa Benoist is well aware of this, telling fans after the cancellation was announced that playing Kara inspired her on a personal level too:
“To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” Melissa shared on Instagram. “Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.
“She’s had that impact on me, too,” Benoist continued. “She’s taught me the strength I didn’t know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we’re united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I’m forever grateful.”
Supergirl star talks possible Arrowverse return
So even if Supergirl season seven isn’t on the cards, it looks like Kara will hopefully soar back onto our screens at least one more time, if not more, shortly. And even if most of this show’s other wonderful characters don’t return with her, we’re still holding out hope for a #Supercorp-style romance one day between Kara and Lena Luthor.
Imagine how many more fans could inspire, even if Supergirl the show is no longer with us.
As a part of Arrowverse, this show has given us a multiverse and a few crossovers. My favorite is where Kara Danvers (Mellisa Benoist) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) are required to perform a musical in a magical world to move to their reality. Comment your favorite Supergirl moment from the 6 seasons of the show.
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