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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 

Why must Supergirl become an adult on TV?

Another comics TV project's been announced, this time a series based on Supergirl. But the puzzler here is the age factor:
[...] The show will focus on a 24-year-old Kara who is ready to stop hiding her powers and become a hero.
I know it's not too old an age to call the heroine a "girl" in the slang meaning "young woman" that's been around for more than a century (and Sheira Saunders was one of the first superheroines to go by that title when she became Hawkgirl in the Golden Age), but I still don't see why the Maid of Might has to be an adult instead of a teenager this time, nor why the premise is that she's kept her powers mostly concealed until her adulthood. But that's probably not the main concern. No, what is galling is the discovery that this is the umpteenth comics project Geoff Johns will be involved with:
[...] DC's Geoff Johns is also expected to have a role in the Supergirl project, which is in the early stages of development and expected to be taken out to networks soon. Johns exec produces Arrow and The Flash.
I'm not surprised he's got a production credit on Arrow. Makes me glad I haven't bothered with it since I learned it had leftist leanings.

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I never got why are you making a big deal out of the character being made into an adult and there were times in the stories where Kara/Supergirl herself grew up (going to college, getting a job and raising a family).

The last time I read a Supergirl comic was many years ago. She was a college student, and was presumably in her late teens or early twenties. I believe DC canon in the early 1980's was that she was nineteen. (Of course, that was before the Crisis on Infinite Earths made changes, including killing off the Earth-One Kara.)

I can remember when feminists strongly objected to calling a grown woman a "girl." In recent years, that seems to have blown over, and I sometimes hear young women refer to themselves and their peers as girls. Most people seem to think it is not worth arguing about. I can see the feminists' point, though. You probably wouldn't call a 24-year-old male a "boy."

Of course, if Geoff Johns is involved with the TV project, it will undoubtedly be a mess, anyway.

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