Friday, September 5, 2014

SUPERGIRL TV Series in Development, Will Not Be for The CW

And now it's the Girl of Steel's turn.

Deadline has confirmed rumors that DC Entertainment is developing a television based on the DC Comics character SupergirlArrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti has teamed with Ali Adler, who worked on Berlanti's ABC series No Ordinary Family, for the Warner Bros. project.

According to the article, the series "will be a new interpretation of the Supergirl character and her story."  Adler will provide the pilot script and will executive produce with Berlanti Prods.’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.  DC’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who produces The Flash with Berlanti, is also expected to be involved in the project but at the moment, it's unknown to what extent. 

The Supergirl series doesn’t have a name yet, but the article claims that "producers are considering several options that need to be cleared, including Super and Girl."  The project is expected to be pitched to the major networks in a couple of weeks the way Warner Bros. Television and DC did with the Batman prequel Gotham.  And according to E! Online, that won't be at The CW, which was already pitched first.

Created in 1959 by Otto Binder, Al Plastino and Curt Swan, Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics (vol.1) #252 as Kara Zor-El, the daughter of Jor-El's brother Zor-El and cousin to Superman.  She was the last survivor of Argo City, which had survived the destruction of the planet Krypton until meteorites of Green Kryptonite penetrated Argo City's protective barrier.  Sent to Earth by Zor-El to be raised by her cousin, Kara acquired powers similar to Superman and adopted the secret identity of Linda Lee, a young girl at Midvale Orphanage. 

In the current New 52 continuity, Kara's ship lands as part of a meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas, but burrows through the Earth and emerges in Siberia.  Kara has no memory of the destruction of Krypton and believes herself to be dreaming.  The military tracks her arrival, and a group of American soldiers in mechanized suits immediately attack her.  Her powers start emerging as the fight goes on and terrify the surprised Kara.  Superman arrives after she defeats the soldiers and tries to convince Kara that he is her cousin, but Kara, still believing that only three days have passed since she last saw baby Kal, accuses him of being an imposter and attacks him.  Eventually, Kara accepts that Krypton has been destroyed and that Superman is indeed her grown-up cousin. 

If the series gets picked up, it will be the seventh DC Comics/VERTIGO television series on air, after Arrow and The Flash on The CW, Gotham on Fox, Constantine on NBC, and the upcoming series iZombie for The CW and Preacher for AMC.

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