After we first meet Blue Valley Excessive HBIC Cindy she seems to be little greater than your common imply lady. A much less attention-grabbing Cheryl Blossom-type, her solely objective appears to be to make herself the focus always, whether or not which means sabotaging one other scholar’s election as class president, profitable the faculty expertise contest with subversive-for-Nebraska dance strikes or just being impolite to new college students. Entertaining, sure – however in all probability not that necessary to the total story that Stargirl was telling.
That is an assumption that seems to be the furthest factor from the fact.
As a result of Cindy is a personality – very like Stargirl itself – that’s far more advanced and nuanced then she seems at first look. The DC TV universe’s first teen supervillain, Cindy is vicious, darkish, and lethal by turns. But, at the same time as Stargirl acknowledges her evil nature, it additionally takes pains to ensure she stays no less than considerably relatable, permitting Cindy to occupy an intriguing liminal area inside the narrative. She’s a young person who is aware of an excessive amount of to get pleasure from her standing as a highschool queen bee, however who remains to be seen as too younger to have a correct seat at the Injustice Society’s desk. She’s each the Dragon King’s daughter and somebody who was doubtless considered one of his very first victims. And she or he’s each decided to not want anybody, and miserably lonely at the similar time.
In the “Shiv” two-parter that primarily serves as Cindy’s origin story, we see a lady who's condescending and merciless, however who additionally desperately needs to seek out somebody who can perceive what she’s going by way of. She repeatedly tells her father how annoyed she is by being “on their own up there” in the world of Blue Valley, pressured thus far a boy that she doesn’t even like that a lot with a purpose to monitor him for the Injustice Society and unable to inform the fact about herself to any of her supposed mates. The Dragon King – like so many fathers of teenagers earlier than him, supervillain or no – refuses to see her for who she is, offhandedly recommending she repair her issues by going procuring or throwing one other celebration.
Each the present and actress Meg DeLacy do a terrific job making Cindy sympathetic with out undermining or attempting to justify simply how really horrible she is. She’s a lady who hides deep insecurities behind a performative bitchy persona, however who additionally has no downside casually murdering her father’s brainwashed lackeys (for what is outwardly not even near the first time). It actually is sensible that Cindy could be drawn to Courtney Whitmore, a brand new lady with a forthright angle and little respect for the established method issues work in Blue Valley. Who higher, in spite of everything, to actually see you than somebody who doesn’t know you in any respect?