Supergirl Producers Talk Skepticism

As we know the pilot episode for CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” series leaked online a few weeks ago, shortly after the release of the show’s first trailer. Even so, the pilot has not yet been released online officially and isn’t set to debut for another few months, which means most of us have only been able to make a judgement call on that aforementioned trailer.

That clip was met with quite a varied reaction, some loving the lighter tone of it whilst others were less impressed. Producer Geoff Johns recently spoke with IGN and had a message for the doubters and reminds them of similar doubts that swirled around The CW’s “The Flash”:

“Everyone deserves to have a reaction, but at the end of the day, I believe in the pilot, I believe in the show. When people see the pilot, they’re going to be blown away.

When they first saw his suit, when we cast [Flash actor] Grant Gustin, people were like, ‘That’s not The Flash!’ and now people are like, ‘Oh my god, he is The Flash!’ I’m so proud of that show and — in so many ways The Flash was my favorite character growing up — to see it realized and to see people embracing it.

And it truly is a Flash TV show, we’re not shying away from anything. We jokingly said, yeah we’re doing Gorilla Grodd and I think people were like, ‘Okay…’ Yeah, no, we’re doing Gorilla Grodd! And we’ve got a lot of great plans for Supergirl in the same vein as that.”

The new show aims to keep the same more upbeat tone and spirit of “The Flash,” but at the same time will stay true to the Supergirl character’s mythology:

“I think the greatest thing about the Supergirl show we’re working on and the thing I’m most proud of is it embodies the character and the Superman mythology in a really strong, accessible way that I think carries at least the tone and spirit with what we’ve done with The Flash.

And Melissa Benoist is an amazing Supergirl and Kara Danvers. I’m just excited for people to see it. I’ve got to say I’m excited for girls to see it. I have nieces that are seven and eight and they’re going to be able to watch the show with my brother and his wife and I think they’ll love it.

I’m just really excited that we have a female superhero that’s so iconic and strong. We’re so overdue for a female-centric superhero show that’s really good. We’re going to try to execute to the best of our ability and we’ve got great people we’re working with and I’m really excited about it. It’s really important; it’s an important show for us.”

“Supergirl” is slated to debut in November.