Supergirl, first look trailer: Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's Superman's cousin

Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart star in a TV adaptation of the DC Comic

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Supergirl is finally here and she’s a coffee-fetching, speccy badass who can lift aeroplanes and leave her suitors gaping as she runs around in a cheerleader outfit emblazoned with a giant “S”.

The CBS television drama featuring a perkier and kookier alien than her cousin Superman is set to be a massive success judging by the first look trailer.

Pitched somewhere between Hannah Montana (before Miley Cyrus got all “Wrecking Ball”) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Melissa Benoist’s Kryptonian will appeal to tweenage girls, DC fan boys and more grownup watchers alike.

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Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Her golden girl goodness is offset brilliantly by a frosty Calista Flockhart doing her best devil from The Devil Wears Prada impression. Be afraid Anna Wintour, the impersonation is perfect.

Following on from Netflix’s appropriation of the Marvel universe for Daredevil, CBS has evidently found a winning DC Comics formula in the pocket-sized form of Benoist’s Kara.

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Calista Flockhart as Supergirl's boss

Like her cousin Clark “Kal-El” Superman Kara thinks donning a pair of glasses will make her unrecognisable and she seems to be attempting to save the world by being a lowly assistant at a TV station.

But the trailer hints at her feminist leanings as she challenges terrifying TV boss Flockhart who has described the mysterious new superhero as “#supergirl” on telly newscast.

“Shouldn’t that be ‘Superwoman’?” she suggests, to which Flockhart’s character icily replies: “I’m a girl and powerful and rich and hot and your boss.” Alrighty then, ‘Supergirl’ she is.

She will be coming to CBS (and hopefully a UK channel still TBC) this autumn.

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