Thursday, June 4, 2015

Confessions of a Nitpicking Nerd

John Byrne spoiled me. Oh, I saw the Christopher Reeve movies long before I read any Superman comics, but the Byrne version, later taken over by Stern/Ordway/Jurgens/et al, is my preferred version of the character. So, when you have a great trailer for Supergirl (see below) that thrills me in every way a comic fan should be thrilled, I still have my teeth set on edge when I hear "Oh, it's not an S, it's our family crest."

I'm sorry, I know what they're going for, but you really want me to believe that the emblem of Superman and Supergirl just happens to be an alien symbol that looks precisely like the English letter that starts their names? Nope. I'm not buying it. It was one thing in the movie to make it a short cut, so you knew that was Superman's dad, but bringing it over into every single version since then is a bit of a stretch,

Yes, I know there are some people that don't like the "Jonathan and Clark came up with the symbol after Lois named him" idea, but that just makes so much more sense to me than the utter coincidence that it would take for the Kryptonian emblem to look like an S.

I love everything else about the trailer, but that bit does the same thing to me that mispronouncing R'as does. (BTW, CBS, Kara rhymes with Sarah.)

For more on the CBS Supergirl, check out Supergirl Radio. It's a great podcast covering all aspects of Supergirl, but focusing on the TV Show.


  1. But this version also has troubles with the Superboy continuity, doesn't it? I mean he was wearing the "S" when he was a teen, not as an adult.

    1. Actually, this version was never Superboy. His powers developed slowly overt his childhood and he wasn't even able to fly until he was almost done with High School. That created some problems for the Legion of Superheroes, but this is my preferred version of Superman.