When the Supergirl “First Look” trailer debuted many people felt it had a resemblance to The Devil Wears Prada and the recent at the time, released skit on Saturday Night Live, which featured Scarlett Johansson as her Black Widow alter-ego in a parody for what would happen if Marvel released a Black Widow film.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Melissa Benoist, star of the upcoming Supergirl series on CBS and here is what she said about the above comparisons and more.
The first Supergirl trailer had some mixed reactions. There were some comparisons to the Black Widow Saturday Night Live spoof, but you also have Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) pointing out why she should be Supergirl not Superwoman. Do you think Supergirlsends a message of female empowerment?
I do. Of course, I do. We don’t really take ourselves too seriously in that respect. The camp is going to be there. It’s a superhero show. But I don’t think that takes away from the female empowerment. Obviously you see Kara in her work atmosphere, it resembles the Black Widow parody, but what you don’t see is Kara kicking butt. There’s so much more in the pilot that I think people are really going to be surprised by. Also, it’s a girl. Supergirl, that whole discussion, it’s a girl figuring out how to become a woman. [The SNL spoof] came out and all of us thought it was so hilarious. I don’t think any of us expected people to compare them or put them side-by-side.
For the full interview where Benoist discusses her career and more, please visit the Entertainment Weekly.