It seems like whenever ppl call for a stronger Supergirl, or at least a BETTER Supergirl, there's always the question about why she's important. Why not become fans of Wonder Woman, or make a new character?
So I'm going to say why she's important to ME. :D
I dun claim to speak for other ppl or nething. These are just MY reasons. :)
I'll also brush upon why I like Superman too (when he's written correctly) XD
Right now I'm listening to the Krystal Harris song "Supergirl" which is kinda my inspiration for this post actually :)
"I'm Supergirl and I'm here to save the world"
That's what Superman and Supergirl do. They save the world. They dun clean up the city their parents were killed in, one street at a time. They're not here to represent another culture, or patrol a city out of guilt and responsiblity.
They save the world.
Whatever that entails.
And why does Superman save the world? B/c it's the right thing to do.
And that's also why I've never thought of Superman as too much of a boyscout. :)
Nor do I think it's unrealistic for Supergirl to be a good person.
When I see a hurt animal or a person in need of help, whether they just need help opening a door or crossing the street or to get away from harassment, I help them. :D
It's not b/c I made a promise on my parents grave. Or that I feel guilty that my previous inaction led to somebody's death.
It's cuz I want to help.
It's cuz seeing ppl in distress calls out to us. And stripped of cynicism, and rationalizations, it's something that I think we can all relate to. :)
It's like the child like optimism, before reality sets in, that all ppl are good, everybody wants to do the right thing, and we should all do the right thing b/c it's the right thing to do.
And yus it's a bit naive and stuffs, but so what? XD
This isn't to say that I dun like Wonder Woman or Spider-Man or Batman. I luff those characters too!
I just dunno why it has to be one or the other. It's almost like a lot of ppl seem to feel that if they announce that they dun like Superman, it makes them grown up, b/c kids like Superman, adults like Spider-Man and Batman.
They each embody different parts of humanity. :)
But that's the point. Why do all heroes have to be angsty and mean? Why do they all need "reasons" to be heroes?
Can't we have some heroes who are just good ppl and dun have to become good ppl?
Why do girls need to be abused or live on the streets or be hookers in order to be heroes?
Can't they just crash land on a planet and be a hero? :D
Not that there can't be female heroes with angst or dramuh or nething.
But to hear some ppl talk, you'd think that EVERY girl hero was a perfect Supergirl alrdy and making Supergirl like that would be boring.
Cuz if she became angsty with lots of guilt and having lots of relationship problems, that'd make her unique among teenage superheroes would it?
And why can't heroes save the world and smile while doing it? :o
Police officers and firemen save ppl and comfort them too. Police officers dun go "yah whatever" and swing off into the shadows when they rescue a rape victim. It's not less heroic to be nice or nething. :\
Why does everybody have to be an anti-hero!?
Aren't we even allowed a few happy heroes? :)
It's just not such an "either/or" thing for me. It's not like if we have Supergirl and Superman, we can't have Batman and others. :o
It's the same thing when ppl tell me that Wonder Woman would be better.
Can't I like both?
Wonder Woman is DIFFERENT. She's a warrior born. To me, the idea that I need to be a warrior born and train to be a warrior all my life in a world of warrior women, in order to be strong and respected is hard for me to relate to. :\
It's like in order for me to be an equal, I need to be something special, devoted purely to the job.
While Flash and others (except Batman XD) just got their powers. And they dun need to be a warrior to do that.
What I like about Supergirl is like Superman, she just HAS her powers. She's a regular person but she has powers, and she uses those powers to help ppl :)
Which brings me to my other point.
Superman is an icon.
Boys grow up wanting to be him. They want to rip open their shirt to show the S. To show that even if they are picked on on the outside, inside they're heroes.
Without Superman, would Parker have done that in the Spiderman movies?
Superman isn't just a hero, he's THE hero. Above every hero, including Batman. He's on stamps, he's beyond mainstream, he's iconic and part of our modern mythology.
Old ppl know him, kids know him. His symbol is just as recognizable as the crucifix.
And to me Supergirl's existence isn't a girl living in Superman's shadow. It's somebody who shares that iconic status.
Why do you think even tho Supergirl's been written so badly, she still sells merchandise? XD Pink Supergirl shirts sell. Girls want to wear them. Ppl want to buy them for their kids.
Cuz she's Supergirl.
There doesn't need to be more than that.
The S is iconic and having a girl wearing it means a LOT.
And the name itself is important.
There's SO many songs called "Supergirl".
Like Superman, the name says it all. She's Supergirl. She's a girl who's super.
And anybody can be her simply by embodying what she embodies. :)
And lastly, I think it's the simplicity of the Superman mythos which draws me. :)
He's not a complicated person. He doesn't have a ton of inner conflicts. He doesn't fight psychopaths.
He punches giant robots and saves falling planes. XD
What's not to love about that? XD
And why can't a girl punch giant robots and save falling planes too? :o
Why do I have to be an Ambassador to Man's World, or a former prostitute, or the victim of some sort of tragedy, or track down psychopaths?
Can't I just fly up and punch a giant robot in the face? XD
I think that the thing is, and this applies especially to children. Boys want to be Superman.
They want to be able to fly and have powers and save the day and punch giant robots xD
They dun rly care about his origins, or his angst (now that he has angst). Nobody dreams about escaping Krypton or growing up as a farm boy.
They just want to be iconic, to be the greatest hero ever, and to feel that they can DO ANYTHING.
And I think for girls, Supergirl isn't his cousin. It doesn't MATTER her origins. Just that she exists. Superman isn't a character, he's an idea. And Supergirl is the SAME idea.
Why can't girls share in this idea? B/c Superman isn't just any hero. He's SUPERMAN. He always wins. He saves the day. He can do anything. And he does good things. And boys aren't the only ones who want to be that person.
Superman is not just a superhero, he's an idea. Newspapers refer to ppl as "Supermen". Songs sing about Superman without going into detail about the character at all. Nobody writes that a person who saved another person is a "Spiderman" even tho Spiderman saves ppl too, b/c Spiderman and every other hero is defined by his powers and his character.
Superman is different.
And if a girl saves somebody and it makes the news. What does it say? She's a Supergirl :D
Supergirl isn't Superman made female. B/c Superman himself isn't a MALE character. He's an idea embodied in a man. And Supergirl is the SAME idea embodied in a woman.
Sometimes, you just dun wanna think about how complicated life is. Or how right and wrong can be so grey. Or rly, nething else. :\
Sometimes you just want to punch a robot in the face and save the day :D
Sometimes you just want to feel Super. :)
Which brings us full circle back to the song XD "I'm Supergirl and I'm here to save the world". It doesn't matter her origins, or if this Supergirl is THE DC Supergirl. Supergirl is the hero and she saves the world :) It's as simple and as comlpicated as that :)
I guess ultimately, I can only just sum it up as this.
That's why she's important.
And so am I.
Just a Super Girl. :D
And I'm here to save the world.