The biggest question mark for me thinking about Batman v Superman and the current trajectory of the DCCU is, where does Supergirl fit into this? Kara Zor-El is obviously being set up as an important piece in the DCCU, but how exactly? Will she somehow be responsible for the birth of the Atlanteans and the Amazons, as some have already speculated. I'm personally not a fan of this approach. It homogenizes the entire DCU too much. It would be like how Oscorp is the progenitor of everything nefarious in the new Amazing Spider Man franchise, just substitute Oscorp for Supergirl, it seems like a kinda lazy approach to me. So I look to the prequel comic for clues.
Zack Snyder, David Goyer and Geoff Johns all had a hand in writing the prequel comic for Man of Steel which explains the scout ship, so it stands to reason that it's considered canon within the new DCCU. The open pod seen in Man of Steel doesn't really say much in and of itself. Kara was not in the pod when the scout ship crash landed on Earth anyway, so it doesn't indicate that someone woke up after the impact of landing. If we take a closer look at the final pages of the prequel comic, it becomes much more ambiguous, more than I initially thought anyway.
As you can see, Kara was in the drivers seat of the scout ship at the moment of impact, not in her pod. We also see a shadowy figure emerge from the scout ship in what appears to be immediately after the crash. It's impossible to see exactly who emerges from the wreckage, but it doesn't necessarily have to be Kara. The murderous Dev-Em is also still alive after the crash too, so it could be either one of them. I highly doubt that a Kryptonian would die under a yellow sun from such a paltry crash. Could we see Kara being responsible for the Amazons, and Dev-Em being responsible for the Atlanteans somehow in the DCCU? I wouldn't rule this out as a possibility just yet.
In Man of Steel, we're told that NASA first picked up a signal using its EOS (Earth Observing System), this also jives with what we are shown in the prequel comic. It's also heavily implied in the comic that someone, or something from the scout ship is trying to signal Kal El. This all happens before Kal El inserts his key into the scout ship and activates Jor El. So who was trying to signal Kal El, and more importantly, why? There's no way Kara could know that a fellow kryptonian would be on Earth, so why would she try contact him?
Could we see a brainwashed Supergirl in this DCCU? Supergirl has been brainwashed in the comics before, and she was even a member of Darkseid's female furies. The same female furies that Big Barda was a part of and would later go on to fall in love with Mister Miracle. The female furies and Granny Goodness could serve as a good preamble for the introduction of Darkseid later on, and I would definitely like to see Wonder Woman and Supergirl go toe to toe in live action.
Maybe Supergirl was recruited by Vandal Savage to stay by his side throughout the years, they both have more in common than you might realize, or maybe Vandal Savage struck a deal with Darkseid for Supergirl. Vandal is around 50,000 years old, so theoretically speaking Vandal Savage would have been around when the scout ship first crash landed on Earth. Or maybe Dev-Em joined forces with Vandal Savage and Kara has been in isolation, hiding for most of her life on Earth. Only when news first breaks of a 'Superman' appearing, a man who wears the symbol of the house of 'El', maybe she tries to lure him to the scout ship, but her plan is thwarted at the last minute. It might have even been Brainiac that sent the signal in the first place, to lure Zod to Earth. They could really take this story in so many different directions.
Could we see Dev-Em assume a H'el type role in the DCCU? A stranded Kryptonian who longs to bring Krypton back after it was destroyed, even at the cost of the Earth. H'el is also unique in the fact that while he's a Kryptonian, he's also different to Superman and Supergirl. He'l spent decades traveling through the cosmos absorbing all kinds of weird rays from many different suns, all gifting him with unique abilities. Dev-Em also cruised around the cosmos for about ten years, probably absorbing all sorts of cosmic rays too.
H'el can also teleport, use powerful telekinesis, use telepathy, produce astral projections of himself and can even manipulate matter. Dev-Em and H'el both share a strong connection with Supergirl, and he could even transform into a Doctor Manhattan-esque kryptonian villain, so I think H'el could be differentiated from General Zod quite easily in the DCCU. It's possible that we could see some sort of an amalgamation of Dev-Em and H'el in the DCCU. I don't necessarily think that this will actually happen, but it could at some point, possibly in a Supergirl movie of her own, if one ever happens.
A lot of this really depends on exactly how long a Kryptonian can live under a yellow sun too. This has never been firmly established in Superman mythology as far as I know. Smallville said Superman is basically immortal, but Smallville is no authority on Superman, that was for teenage girls. I think it was in Kingdom Come where Batman says that Superman dyes his hair grey so that he will appear to age to the public, but that it's all a facade he puts on to try fit in with the humans and to keep us at ease with him somewhat.
In DC One Million, Superman survived for well over 15,000 years and he still looked young and healthy. I think, considering the circumstances that Supergirl and Dev-Em could have survived on Earth for almost 20,000 years. A Kryptonian is basically like a solar battery that will sustain itself until it runs out of sustenance ie sunlight. So theoretically, a Kryptonian could survive for billions of years... in theory that is.
There's really nothing to say that Supergirl and Dev-Em haven't been wandering the globe for thousands of years, Vandal Savage has been doing it, as have many other characters.
I honestly have no idea how they plan on handling this Supergirl in the DCCU, but I'm almost sure that she'll be of major importance moving forward in the DCCU. While I'm not a fan of Superman having an extended family, they always seemed to epitomize the creative laziness in comic book writers to me. We need a new character, who can we create?
Let's just give Superman a pair of boobs is what it basically comes down to. Just like all the other female spin off's, Batgirl, Spider Woman, Miss Martian etc. Although I will admit that Supergirl is probably my favorite female spin off character there is and it seems likely at this point that she'll be pivotal to the DCCU in some way.
I always preferred Superman being the last of his kind, the last son of Krypton, and the existence of Supergirl immediately negates all that inherently profound pathos of Superman, but she's apparently here, somewhere. Unless they plan on throwing the prequel comic out the window, but I wouldn't count on that happening, it was written for a reason. The supposed Supergirl TV show won't impact any big screen plans for her character either, they'll just be separate versions.
So how do you think Supergirl will come into play in the DCCU? Do you think we'll ever get to see a scene like this? Would you want to?
Written by - The Sentry - 14/08/2014