Calista Flockhart’s media mogul in Supergirl
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When your show’s lead character is a woman who can fly – to say nothing of setting things on fire with her eyes – it takes a certain something to still manage to be the most powerful woman on screen. Thankfully, Calista Flockhart brings that certain something to long- term Super- sidekick Cat Grant – in spades.
As the CEO of CatCo ( and Kara’s boss), this Cat is a more powerful version of the character than we’ve seen before. She isn’t someone who’s well liked. She’s a ruthless businesswoman, an often uncaring boss and frequently a bitch. Yet she’s a woman living in a man’s world who refuses to compromise or accept second best from anyone around her.
It helps, of course, that in addition to her powerful CEO side – and her devoted mother side, which shouldn’t be ignored – she also has a great line in cutting
put- downs. Bitchy she may be, but you can’t help but like her when she walks on screen, and though you’d hate having her as a boss, you’d probably be a better person for it by the end.
Cat’s very much a practical feminist, concentrating less on winning gender battles and more on ensuring she gets things done. She often seems cold, but as she explains to Kara, she knows that showing emotion in business will weaken her in a way it wouldn’t a man, and so she doesn’t. And “Every woman worth her salt knows that we have to work twice as hard as a man to be thought of as half as good.” It’s refreshing to hear these sentiments on primetime TV.
Some love her version of feminism, some hate it, but what’s undeniable is that she’s a powerful woman in a senior position, refusing to apologise, and feminism – and TV – definitely needs more of those. Rhian Drinkwater