Supergirl's "Elephant In The Room"

#1 Posted by TheMadMonkey (147 posts) - - Show Bio

Supergirl is older than Superman. Before Krypton went bye-bye, Kara was a girl in her mid-teens who babysat the infant Kal-El frequently. If she hadn't been placed into suspended animation for her journey to Earth and since Superman appears to be around 25 now, Kara would physically be around 40 years old. This (albeit minor) issue has, as far as I have read and am able to recall, only been addressed only once and briefly when the two met up in the early issues of the current Supergirl series.

Once the dust settles and Kara accepts that Kal-El is who he says he is and his relationship to her, I'm wondering if she'll continue to be treated as Little Miss Junior Superman...?

What are your thoughts?

#2 Posted by The_Tree (6432 posts) - - Show Bio

It's not like her being older than Superman is anything new. Superman will probably deal with her similarly to how he did pre-Flashpoint.

#3 Posted by acer51 (2090 posts) - - Show Bio

It's weird but it wouldn't be possilbe for Supergirl to be the "older" one, so Superman has to be, because for all intents and purposes he is the older cousin.
#4 Posted by azza04 (1503 posts) - - Show Bio

Well physically she's not really 40, suspended animation is just that....it freezes the body or suspends all the bodies functions, so physically when she arrived on Earth she was the same age as when she left Krypton.

#5 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Physically, Superman is the older one so it doesn't really matter.

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#6 Posted by sinestro_GL (3008 posts) - - Show Bio

@azza04 said:

Well physically she's not really 40, suspended animation is just that....it freezes the body or suspends all the bodies functions, so physically when she arrived on Earth she was the same age as when she left Krypton.

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#7 Posted by Twentyfive (2405 posts) - - Show Bio

We must also consider that time on earth and in space work differently.When Kal arrived on earth, he lived out twenty-somehow years on earth, and Kara was out in space, free from earth's gravity, and it's affect on time. To her, along with being in suspended animation, the trip must have taken only days. That is why Kal is older.

#8 Posted by monkeyonurback_ (84 posts) - - Show Bio

i don't understand.. is she older than him now..? or did she stay a teenager when she traveled to earth and he grew up and now he's technically older? ..hopefully this question makes sense!

#9 Edited by Hatutzeraze (269 posts) - - Show Bio

Relative age is important. He has logged in more hours being conscious than she has.

#10 Posted by ssejllenrad (12792 posts) - - Show Bio

She is younger just as Captain America is younger than a lot of oldies in this day.

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