Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, has been a fan-favorite heroine since her debut in Motion Comics #252 in 1959. Originally created by Otto Binder and Al Pastino, the Maid of Would possibly has fronted her personal comics and appeared in different media over the a long time. This included a solo movie in 1984, with Helen Slater because the titular heroine. Extra not too long ago, Kara fronted her personal tv sequence from 2015 to 2021, with Melissa Benoist sporting the long-lasting pink “S.” With the DCU about to expertise a cosmic reboot on each movie and tv, one other Supergirl is about to make her live-action debut.
For 2023’s The Flash, Sasha Calle shall be taking over the mantle of the Maid of Would possibly, however there’s one thing totally different about this iteration: The Flash’s Kara seems to be a a lot darker character, full with a tragic origin story. Within the mainstream DC Universe, there may be one different fashionable model of Kara that matches this invoice: the Earth-2 Energy Lady. Although a Supergirl movie has been green-lit in James Gunn’s new DCU, it hasn’t been confirmed if Calle shall be returning to the position. Nonetheless, even when the character does get recast, from The Flash trailer alone, Calle seems to have the appearing chops to tackle the Earth-2 Kara.
Initially created by Gerry Conway, Wallace Wooden and Ric Estrada in 1976, Energy Lady made her debut in All-Star Comics #58 as a member of the Justice Society of America. Meant to be a second-generation JSAer on Earth-2 (aka DC’s Golden Age Earth), Energy Lady was purposely given a unique character from Earth-1’s Supergirl. Although nonetheless the cousin of Superman, Energy Lady felt very strongly about being revered as her personal individual and never as an extension of her cousin. This factored into her choice to make use of a very totally different identification and a dressing up that mirrored her self-image. This additionally meant Energy Lady had a no-nonsense perspective and infrequently butted heads with the older JSA heroes over their sexist habits towards her.
Energy Lady’s origin story was one other factor that differed from her Earth-1 counterpart. Whereas the Earth-1 Kara grew up within the Kryptonian metropolis of Argo, her Earth-2 counterpart was born Kara Zor-L in Kandor. She was additionally shipped off of Krypton as an toddler, alongside together with her cousin Kal-L. This meant that on Earth-2, each Superman and Kara have been the identical age, although they didn’t arrive on Earth on the similar time. In actual fact, Kara arrived six a long time after her cousin and bodily regarded 18 years previous. She was additionally raised in a digital actuality model of Krypton on her ship, which meant she struggled to adapt to Earth’s social norms.
Earlier than Disaster on Infinite Earths (by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez) merged the DC multiverse right into a single universe in 1985, Energy Lady resided in Gotham underneath the identify Karen Starr. When she wasn’t combating alongside the JSA, she labored as a software program engineer. She was additionally greatest buddies with Helena Wayne’s Huntress, who on Earth-2 was the grownup daughter of Batman and Catwoman. After Disaster destroyed Earth-2, each Huntress and Energy Lady received new origins to take away their connections to Batman and Superman. 20 years later, Energy Lady had her Earth-2 origin reinstated, which repurposed her as a tragic determine who misplaced her whole universe and household. Although she finally received Helena Wayne again as her greatest pal, Energy Lady remained a loner who struggled to search out her place on an Earth that wasn’t her personal, inhabited by a Superman who was one other Kara’s cousin.
With Energy Lady now established because the tragic doppelgänger of Supergirl, who’s outlined by loss, ache and sorrow within the comics, the few glimpses viewers get of Sasha Calle’s Supergirl in The Flash trailer already captures these traits. Like Energy Lady, Calle’s Supergirl seems to have a extra hardened character as a consequence of shedding her world and being experimented on in a authorities facility. She additionally seems to have a no-nonsense perspective and asserts her identification as Kara to the 2 Barry Allens, who point out her cousin Kal-El. When she fits up and takes flight for the primary time within the trailer, Calle’s Supergirl does so with the identical fierceness and dedication that usually characterizes Energy Lady as a heroine.
Although Gunn has but to disclose Calle’s future in his DCU plans, it could be a waste of a gifted actor to not have her return in some capability. If like Henry Cavill’s Superman Gunn chooses to recast the position with an actor he feels greatest captures his imaginative and prescient for Supergirl, Energy Lady stays a viable choice for Calle. As a personality who originates on Earth-2 and thrives as a personality of her personal standing, Calle might simply be introduced again as Energy Lady in an Elseworlds movie that builds the Justice Society franchise. It could not solely give Calle the chance to additional capitalize on her appearing abilities as Kara, however it could permit her to make waves once more by bringing one other beloved heroine to life.