Melissa Benoist as Supergirl (CBS)

CBS is getting into the superhero game this fall with Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist as the less famous cousin of Superman. Now 24, Kara decides to embrace her Kryptonian superpowers and become the hero she was always meant to be. Watch the first Supergirl trailer, and check out a couple of new Supergirl images, after the jump.

CBS unveiled the Supergirl trailer on YouTube.

There’s a lot to sink your teeth into here, if you’re a comic book fan. There’s that blurry shot of Superman! There’s Jimmy — now James — Olsen! There’s the future Toyman, and the future Cyborg Superman! But even if you don’t know jack about DC Comics, the Supergirl trailer does a capable job of setting everything up.

The beginning of the trailer looks worryingly like that Black Widow SNL parody from a few weeks back. Kara comes across as cute and awkward in that typical romcom way, fretting about what to wear on her blind date while supporting characters spout expositional dialogue.

But once the superheroics kick in, things get a little more interesting. And the sunny tone turns out to be an asset. Supergirl genuinely feels different from all the other superhero shows currently airing, which sometimes feel like they’re competing to be see who can be the darkest and grittiest of them all. Plus, Flockhart is perfect as a boss so commanding, even a literal superhero will cower under her gaze. Count me in for this one.

Supergirl premieres this fall on CBS.

SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.

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