SUPERGIRL TV series confirmed to be in development

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Rumours have been swirling the last few days about a possible TV series based on the DC Comics character Supergirl, but now a couple of details have been confirmed.

Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Greg Berlanti (executive producer of both Arrow and The Flash) has confirmed that he and Ali Adler (who worked together to create the short-lived No Ordinary Family superhero TV series), have started development of a TV series based on the character but cautioned that the project is still in a very early stage:

“We’re just starting to work on it. We haven’t gone to the networks yet, so. I’ll be happy, very excited to talk about it once we know where its home will be and that kind of stuff, but not at this moment.”

THR has further confirmed that Warner Bros. Television has yet to shop the potential series to the various TV networks, but that the show is not expected to be titled Supergirl and that Berlanti and Adler’s take on the character will be a new interpretation of both her and her story.

Supergirl was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino in 1959. While there have been more than one incarnation of the character, the most notable is that of Superman’s older cousin Kara Zor-El, who shares the same powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite.

[Incredibly minor spoiler and sidebar for Man of Steel incoming – when Superman ventured into the downed Kryptonian spaceship in the Arctic one of the life pods had been opened, leading to (wild, unsubstantiated) speculation that the person who’d been inside was his cousin Kara. Given that DC and Warner Bros have confirmed that their movies and TV series do not inhabit the same universe, it seems unlikely… so who could it have been?]

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Supergirl is no stranger to our screens, appearing in both her own self-titled feature film in 1984, where she was portrayed by Helen Slater, as a spin-off of the Superman series of movies, and more recently she was punching the small screen on Smallville, where she was portrayed by Laura Vandervoort who now stars in Bitten (of which I watched the pilot and am twice shy). Given the push to see more female superheroes in leading roles on both the big and small screens this could turn into a real winner, with its only real competition at the moment being Marvel & Netflix’s Jessica Jones adaption – of which we’ve heard very little as yet.

Hopefully this project sees the light of day – unlike Wonder Woman – and is given a bit more time to flourish than the swiftly cancelled 2002-2003 Birds of Prey TV series, which I found fairly enjoyable and on par with Smallville at the time.

Last Updated: September 10, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

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