Looking at Lee's list now, the one that interests me most as a concept is Supergirl. Sad to think that when Supergirl launched in 2005 to such hype and fanfare, she quickly went from being an oversexualised laughing stock to a badly managed, largely unloved, marginal character. Her few frames in Final Crisis, hanging about her bedroom like a normal teenager, were the closest she got to her potential.
It's a pretty damning indictment of DC over the last few years that a flagship property like that should have been so mishandled, and rebooted so soon. I'd say that this new Supergirl will only work if they can show us reasonably why she looks down on Earth people. There are two routes they can take if they want to use science fiction as a way to examine our world today.
One approach is that Krypton was run as a fascist state where power and physical superiority are what counted, and Kara has internalised this attitude and expresses it towards Earth people.
The other approach is that Krypton was a beautiful, enlightened Utopia, and Kara has genuine reasons for looking down on our benighted backward society, blighted with war and greed, pollution and corruption, poverty and injustice.
Either would make for years of good stories, although I'd prefer to read the latter. Modern DC comics however, insist that Earth people are the very finest in creation. It’s one of the many soothing
lies comforts that Geoff Johns and co like to purvey in the GL series for instance. Earth is now the centre of the Universe, isn’t it? How many DC stories over the years has the situation on other planets being solved by the Earth person arriving to show them how the proper application of good old Earth violence will solve their problems?
So I doubt the Supergirl stories will show Earth, and Western Liberal capitalism especially, in a bad light.
To take the fascist Krypton angle, that would sully Superman’s heritage, which may be problematic. Also it would make Supergirl a very unloveable hero for her first few years. DC and its readership are way too fickle and short-termist to do that.
Either approach would involve DC taking a stand on what Krypton was, and a big part of what dragged the 2005 Kara down was that they kept changing what Krypton was like, and Kara’s backstory, so that there was no backstory by the end.
So that leaves Supergirl sneering at us because she’s a TEENAGER. Gosh, I so don’t want to read those stories.
I think they've got the costume and look right this time though. I like this picture!