If Kara and Lena sat on the couch and watched the Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen version of Pride & Prejudice, they would have ended the evening making out.
And I say this, not as someone who always wants Kara and Lena to make out, (which I do) but as someone who has watched Kara and Lena dance the similar dances as Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.
Kara would be flustered by the cacophony of utter devastation, frustration, and clarity that Mr. Darcy displays as he says, “forgive me. For taking up so much of your time.” And as he speeds off into the rain, she would have scooted an inch closer to Lena, and smiled.
Lena would not be able to STAND Darcy’s “what makes an accomplished woman” perspective, and would look to Kara for comfort in a shared understanding. She would applaud Elizabeth’s truth in her sarcastic response, soften at Darcy’s quizzical expression, take a sip of wine, and lay her head on Kara’s shoulder.
They would be satisfied and moved by the struggle of obligation accompanied by seemingly unbridled attraction. And as the camera pans around them literally dancing in circles, Kara Danvers and Lena Luthor’s hearts would quicken in pace. Reminded of similar experiences, they would find comfort in the wisdom that both Darcy and Elizabeth give each other. They would rejoice in a pretty world filled with beautiful piano scores and a man saying, “one word from you would silence me forever.”
However, most importantly, they would relate. At looks given across a crowded ballroom, or more accurately, a busy CatCo. To misunderstandings, or missed opportunities.
And by the end of this film, Kara and Lena, like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, will throw away the subtext and make it text.
Subtext and its validity:
If I ever wanted Kara and Lena to emulate a couple, it would be those two. For specifically that reason. Darcy and Elizabeth defined romantic subtext. Everyone in the book/movie thought that Darcy and Elizabeth hated each other, and were quite shocked when they wanted to get married. The characters of P&P were looking upon their own personal observations, yes, but also by Elizabeth saying that she “loathed” him.
Remember when Kara has said she’s not gay, or Lena’s just her friend? Or how Lena tries her hardest to not act like Kara has descended from the heavens for the sheer purpose of genuinely enchanting her? Oh, right. Lena doesn’t even try.
Some small PSAs:
- No one is belittling the importance of female friendships on television by shipping Supercorp. There can be more than one developed friendship between women on a TV show. And while recognizing the need for more genuine female friendships on TV, I can acknowledge that there’s instances of organically developed female friendships that I don’t see romantic subtext with (but it’s all okay if someone sees something I don’t.. or just wants more LGBTQ+ representation, cause same).
- There can also be multiple gay people in your family, and in your television shows. It’s allowed, and it’s life.
- Don’t be afraid to change your plan… sometimes the best things come from it (you know who y’all are *wink wink, nudge nudge*).
The Future of Supercorp:
Lena Luthor finally knows that Kara Danvers is Supergirl. This is going to be an incredibly interesting development for their relationship.
Maybe a Luthor-sized decent into darkness? Some angsty Supercorp? Which somehow leads to them watching P&P together? Therefore, causing a beautiful, teary-eyed, joyous, gay epiphany?
I sure hope so.
And is it just too much to ask for Kara to say this to Lena:
“You have bewitched me body and soul and I love, I love, I love you.” -Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)
You can catch season 4 of Supergirl currently streaming on Netflix! And can look forward to the new season this fall! Also, I feel like I did a lot of P&P promotion so should probably tell you to go watch it if you haven’t or go watch it again. I prefer the Joe Wright version, obviously. Because it’s the best — don’t @ me.