Cat Grant and the show's producers explained the name in 2015
Miley Cyrus is finding fault with Supergirl. In a recent interview, The Voice judge criticized The CW series’ title, saying she believes it’s “weird” for a show to have “a gender attached to it.”
Cyrus brought up the show when she was asked about inequality for women in Hollywood. “A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president,” Cyrus told Variety. “That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated.”
Cyrus continued: “For example, there’s a show called Supergirl. I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that f—ing billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like Supergirl doesn’t give the power that people think it does.”
This isn’t the first time the Greg Berlanti-produced show’s title has been questioned. Ahead of the show’s debut on CBS, some wondered why Clark Kent was called Superman while Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) had to be called Supergirl instead of Superwoman.
“[That’s a] different character,” said executive producer Ali Adler at the Television Critics Association semi-annual press tour in 2015. “She’s Supergirl because she’s Supergirl.”
Created 64 years ago, Kara is Superman’s younger cousin who also managed to escape from Krypton before it was destroyed but arrived on Earth many years after him. Superwoman, on the other hand, is an evil version of Lois Lane and Wonder Woman from a parallel Earth.
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“We knew going in that Supergirl might imply a younger audience, but we felt we could take a powerful word back and participate in introducing that to a new generation and say that doesn’t just mean young or inconsequential,” Berlanti said. “It should be strong and bold. That was our goal. One of the blessings of what we get to do is to introduce it to a new generation and that means changing key elements of the character and still keeping true to the core DNA of the character.”
In fact, the show adressed this question in the pilot when Kara asked media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) why she didn’t name National City’s new hero Superwoman.
“And what do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot and smart. So if you perceive Supergirl as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?” says Cat.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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