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Supergirl is here, but can she save her own teaser trailer?

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Our first look at Supergirl, CBS's attempt to breathe new life into DC Comic's legendary heroine, is here, and depending on who you ask it's either the most delightful video you'll see all day, or a disaster waiting to premiere.

Check out the video above, because there's plenty of spoilers below.

Kara Zor-El, the aforementioned Supergirl, is a 24 year-old coming to grips with her own superpowers. The entire 6 minute, 30 second teaser is a highly contrived affair that is clearly meant to evoke several classic movies and television shows. Let's tally up the references, shall we?

First, there's definitely some The Devil Wears Prada in here, with Calista Flockhart playing Kara's overbearing fashionista boss, Cat Grant. But there's also a weird roommate dynamic as well. We seem to have a little bit of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 going on here. Then, several times over the course of the trailer Superman's famous costume change (i.e. take off glasses) has been replaced by She's All That-esque makeovers. And is that a little Legally Blonde I'm catching a whiff of, especially in Kara's corn-fed earnestness and general naiveté?

Thankfully, there's also some decent looking action sequences that seem to channel Christopher Reeve-era Superman, and a war room segment that looks straight out of the first Avengers movie. Tie it all up with a nice Katy Perry-lite empowerment ballad, and we're off to a good start right?

Right? Anyone?

If social media is any gauge, we've only touched the tip of the iceberg of fan response. Already people are comparing the teaser to Saturday Night Live's spoof of Black Widow from just a few weeks ago.

Time will tell if Supergirl is the heroine we've all been looking forward to, or just another mishandled reboot.

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