Supergirl could be the latest DC Comic character to appear on the small screen. Warner Bros. is reportedly in the early stages of developing a television show based on the heroine.
According to Deadline, Greg Berlanti, co-creator and executive producer of the CW series Arrow and its upcoming spin-off The Flash, is behind the project. Meanwhile, Ali Adler, who previously worked on Berlanti’s ABC superhero dramedy No Ordinary Family, is on board to pen the script. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is also expected to have a hand in the project in some capacity. Johns already executive produces both Arrow and The Flash.
The show is still taking shape and is expected to be pitched to major networks in a couple weeks. The potential series has no official title just yet (Super and Girl is reportedly being considered, but just Supergirl has apparently already been ruled out). It’s still unclear whether the series will take up an hour or a half-hour block.
The exact plotline also remains ambiguous. Created by Otto Binder and designed by Al Plastino in 1959, Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics to serve as a female counterpart to Superman. She has taken many incarnations in comics and on film since, many of which would make viable options for a small screen series. But there’s also the possibility that fans will get to see Supergirl in a completely different light altogether. Per Deadline, the project is being described as a “new interpretation of the Supergirl character and her story.”
Fans are already buzzing about the potential series, although the failure of previous female superhero series to launch has some wary of the project — or at the very least, wondering whether the story will be better suited for film instead. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time a network tried to adapt a heroine’s story to television. NBC famously tried to produce a Wonder Woman pilot that never ended up going anywhere and the attempted CW origin story Amazon never even began filming. Then again, Supergirl did have a successful appearance on the small screen in recent years, albeit not as the lead character. Laura Vandervoort previously portrayed the heroine on the CW’s long-running, highly rated series Smallville.
It’s too early to tell which way the project will fall, but it does seem to be arriving at the right time. Small screen comic book adaptations are in high demand these days. In addition to Berlanti’s highly successful Arrow series and the upcoming The Flash, there are also several incoming DC superhero shows hitting the fall slate, including Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham (which was also shopped around by DC and Warner Bros. before landing on Fox with a 13-episode commitment), NBC’s Hellblazer version Constantine, and the CW’s iZombie adapation. But while Berlanti’s other comic shows have all found a home on the CW, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about a potential crossover. According to E! News, the channel isn’t expected to take on the series, which will instead be shopped around to various other networks.
The project also comes during a notable push to put more focus on female superhero characters, both in comic books and on screen. Fans have been pushing for a Black Widow solo movie in recent months and a Ms. Marvel movie is already in the works. There are several relevant small screen projects as well. In addition to their returning Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Marvel is introducing two female-driven TV series – Agent Carter, hitting ABC this upcoming season, and a Jessica Jones series, currently in pre-production at Netflix. While it seems likely Supergirl’s story will be the next to play out on the small screen, viewers will have to stay tuned to find out for sure.
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