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Supergirl First Look Trailer: Could CBS’ New Hero Be the Female Badass We’ve Been Waiting For?

Could Supergirl actually be Super…good? In the first look clip from CBS’ upcoming action series, actress Melissa Benoist (Glee) earns her stripes as the newest superhero, Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl). 

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She is the cousin of Kal-El (Superman), and has chosen to live a normal, Devil Wears Prada-esque life on earth, working for her intense boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). But when her foster sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) finds herself aboard a crashing flight, Kara has to embrace her birthright and save her sis. 

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl
Melissa Benoist as Kara (aka Supergirl) on CBS’ Supergirl.

Naturally, she gets noticed by the entire city, who begin to call her “Supergirl.”

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“We can’t name her that! Shouldn’t she be called Superwoman?” an embarrassed Kara asks her boss in the trailer. 

“What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive Supergirl as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?” Cat wisely notes. 

Calista Flockhart in Supergirl
Calista Flockhart plays Kara’s demanding boss Cat Grant on CBS’ Supergirl.

Soon Kara embraces the cape, her S-labeled uniform, and her bulletproof exterior. Throw in a couple of cute love interests, including Smash hunk Jeremy Jordan, and this show is certain to go up, up (and away) in the ratings each week. 

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Star Benoist talked to Us at the CBS upfronts in NYC on Wednesday, saying, “It’s a dream come true to feel like I’m actually flying and to put on that suit and to feel that strength and to speak for women and people everywhere to realize your strength and potential and to be positive and hopeful.”

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To prepare for the role, the former Glee star had to work on her abs. 

Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks in Supergirl
Kara (Melissa Benoist) and her photographer love interest James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) in CBS’ Supergirl.

“I had to do lots of core training,” she said. “When you’re up in the wires and you’re flying, you have to support all of your body weight — so all of the muscles that you don’t want to workout are all of the muscles that I had to workout. The first day, I immediately went home and soaked in epsom salts but I was still waddling to work the next day.”

Supergirl premieres in November and will air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Watch the clip and tell Us what you think now!

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