I am allowing myself to get excited about this news.
Firstly, I should say that I don’t share Pantozzi’s concerns that a TV show means less impact or a narrower audience (although we undoubtedly need a more diverse cinematic experience -hopefully a TV series should serve as a nudge for filmmakers instead of representing a consolation prize or replacement). We’re currently in what has been referred to as a ‘golden age’ of television, with many big names in the film industry crossing over to the small screen and praising the freedoms that can come with making a long-running series. This gives me hope that we could have -dare I say it -another Buffy on our hands here.
Just imagine: a slightly corny, yet much beloved cult film spawns a smart, exciting TV show which goes on to captivate a generation of young women (and many young men) years after the series ends, not to mention becoming the go-to reference point for well written, genuinely influential female leads (as opposed to your stereotypical, one-dimensional ‘Strong Female Character’). We know it can happen, because it already has.
The part I’m not so sure about is the suggestion that this series will potentially look at a ‘new interpretation’ of Supergirl’s character, although I’m going to keep an open mind. If you’ve been following the small handful of fan art on this blog so far, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Matrix/Linda Danvers incarnation of the mid nineties/early noughties (incidentally around the same time that Buffy originally aired -coincidence??). This era of Supergirl was a mine for both diverse characters (including people of colour and LGBTQ* superheros) and storylines that tackled difficult subjects like identity and faith. So much to work with for a long-running TV series! And of course, at the center of it all, a well-written, realistically flawed woman trying to work out who she is and what she is capable of. I’d watch the hell out of that show.