Superhero stories are leaning hard into the Multiverse concept in TV and film. At Marvel, Disney+ has
One of the shows taking advantage of the Multiverse concept is none other than
But there’s one major alternate Earth hero who had never appeared in live-action before. One who is so popular, she’s survived Crisis after Crisis in the comics, and is one of the most cosplayed characters of all time. We’re talking about Power Girl.
The Comic Book Origins of DC’s Power Girl
For the comics uninitiated, Power Girl is the parallel Earth version of Supergirl, with all of her strengths and weaknesses. Like Supergirl, she’s Kara Zor-L, Superman’s first cousin from the doomed planet Krypton. Only with way more sass and attitude than the Supergirl we all know. She’s also portrayed as older than Supergirl. And she was the CEO of a large tech company, in her civilian identity of Karen Starr. This is something “our” Kara never was.
Power Girl first appeared in 1976’s
The “Women’s Lib Supergirl”
Kara’s rocket to Earth arrived much later in life than her Earth-One counterpart’s. Essentially, the older Clark and Lois adopted Kara and raised her in secret. She didn’t make her heroic debut until the ‘70s, using the name Power Girl. Unlike her counterpart, she wanted to be her own woman, and not wear a copy of her famous cousin’s costume. This was all a response to the era they created her in during the height of First Wave feminism. They deliberately gave her the same haircut as actress Angie Dickinson, herself a feminist hero for her role on the TV series
Power Girl was a member of Earth-Two’s Justice Society, and was best friends with Batman and Catwoman’s daughter, the Huntress (mirroring the relationship of Supergirl and Batgirl on Earth-One). After
Superman and Lois is the Perfect Home for Kara
With Melissa Benoist leaving Supergirl behind, it’s unlikely we’re going to see much of her version of Kara interact with her cousin Kal on his series. In fact, we haven’t seen Clark mention Kara once on
Having the feisty and headstrong Power Girl around would be a good counterbalance to the usually calm and measured Clark Kent. Especially in a family situation. Clark is trying to be the best dad he can be to his twin sons, one of which has super powers. Imagine having an older cousin show up who is younger than his father, but older than him. And who might instruct him in the use of his powers in totally different ways. It’s too much of a good opportunity for the writers of
Let’s Talk About the Costume
Of course, we must address the elephant in the room. Power Girl’s costume. In the comics, Power Girl originally had an outfit that had a circular hole cut out of the front where the “S” emblem would be. This basically showed off her ample cleavage. And as the years went on, her breasts were drawn larger and larger. The so-called “boob window” became a signature piece of her costume.
Eventually, criticism of the costume made DC decide to do a different version of it. Like many things, there’s never been a consensus if PG’s costume is good or bad. Some women find it sexist and degrading, while others love it, making it a cosplay favorite. Regardless oh how one feels about it, there
Regardless of what she wears, it’s high time we saw Power Girl kick some butt on screen. With Supergirl leaving our televisions soon, we need some kind of Kryptonian Kara taking on the bad guys on a regular basis. And the Arroweverse, and specifically