Report: WB Hatching Supergirl TV Series

Report: WB Hatching Supergirl TV Series

Supergirl New 52

This version will apparently differ somewhat from the comics.

DC has even more plans for its comic book television overload, at least according to a report running this afternoon on Deadline Hollywood.

According to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti is now working to get a TV series based on Supergirl off the ground. Berlanti is reportedly teaming up with No Ordinary Family producer Ali Adler to bring what Deadline says will be "a new interpretation of the the Supergirl character and her story" to tv screens, though no word right now on when such a show will air, or on what network.

Supergirl, first introduced in 1959, has gone through several different incarnations over the years. Originally she was Kara Zor-El, Superman's Kryptonian cousin who also somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. Sent to Earth by her father to be raised by Superman, she develops similar powers (and weaknesses, like Kryptonite). This version of the character died sacrificing herself to save Superman during DC's 1985 crossover event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths". When Superman was rebooted the next year, DC editorial decreed that he should be the only survivor of Kyrpton's destruction and Kara subsequently was not introduced in the new continuity.

A different version of Supergirl was introduced in 1988, this time a clone created by Lex Luthor. This version eventually merged with a human named Linda Danvers, which happens to be the same name used by Kara as her Earthly secret identity, though the two characters were otherwise unrelated. With the New 52, Kara Zor-El has been reintroduced, this time as a more serious, fish-out-of-water character who has some difficulty accepting the destruction of Krypton as fact. She is currently a member of Guy Gardner's Red Lantern Corps.

Say it with Moviebob everybody: Comics are weird.

So what do you think? Personally, the idea of a new interpretation is both interesting and somewhat frustrating. DC has already decided that its TV series are unconnected to the DC Cinematic Universe. As Supergirl has always existed as a female counterpart to Superman, it's a bit weird to think of her having an origin story completely unrelated to the character. On the other hand, since the DCCU isn't related to DC's TV shows, and since The Flash is extremely Silver Age in its tone, we at least can breathe easy knowing this won't be a dark, gritty reinterpretation of the character on par with Batfleck and Superman crying in the rain.

Incidentally, the last attempt to make a live action version of Supergirl was Helen Slater's disastrous 1984 film Supergirl.

Source: Deadline

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The thing that's really got me scratching my head is the latest update that they haven't actually settled on what they might end up naming this show, and that possible alternate titles for the series include Super and Girl... but not Supergirl?

If that's true, and considering the likes of Arrow (sans the Green) and that previously rumoured Wonder Woman TV show that was apparently going to be named Amazon, then i can't help but get the feeling that WB/DC/CW/whoever-is-in-charge-of-all-this has a perpetual fear of their own characters' brand power.

Kmadden2004:
The thing that's really got me scratching my head is the latest update that they haven't actually settled on what they might end up naming this show, and that possible alternate titles for the series include Super and Girl... but not Supergirl?

If that's true, and considering the likes of Arrow (sans the Green) and that previously rumoured Wonder Woman TV show that was apparently going to be named Amazon, then i can't help but get the feeling that WB/DC/CW/whoever-is-in-charge-of-all-this has a perpetual fear of their own characters' brand power.

Considering what I have seen of the ill fated Wonder Woman TV pilot, we can only hope they go nowhere near that route. Otherwise, we'll get a Supergirl who has more in common with Batman and Iron Man than Supergirl.

I do wonder where this could go considering how Supergirl is kinda bound to her relation to Superman in one way or another. I just hope it isn't Smallville all over again. Yech.

Aiddon:
I do wonder where this could go considering how Supergirl is kinda bound to her relation to Superman in one way or another. I just hope it isn't Smallville all over again. Yech.

Yeah why would WB want to do something like Smallville again? 'checks on wikipedia' oh it lasted 10 seasons while internet forum hit firefly lasted 14 episodes hmm.

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oh and Serenity lost $20 million as well just like Scott pilgrim vs the world I guess internet forum users are a really terrible audience if you want to make money.

you know the midriff is where all your vital organs are

....I guess in her case we can make an exception

OT: I kind of like Supergirl, I'd bee somewhat interested though budget constraints would be a thing

You know they're gonna find a way to fit Power Girl into this.

Hopefully it ends up being good, as most of the WB stuff in recent memory, aside from Nolan's Batman movies and Arrow were, for me, pretty bad.

I'm okay with a new interpretation, but I hope they actually do stick with enough traits that it's recognizably Supergirl. If she's not Kryptonian and not related to Superman and you aren't going to name the show 'Supergirl' why even bother using Supergirl in the first place? It's not like DC has a shortage of heroes to pick from, so you may as well pick one you'll actually use the trappings of.

On a tangential note: I maintain that the best option here is a Birds of Prey TV show (The last one didn't count since it was terrible) since Oracle is the best superhero ever and we already have TV versions of Black Canary and Huntress (Even if they did push Huntress well over the Moral Event Horizon in Arrow S2).

On an even more unrelated note: My alternate proposal for a female-led superhero TV show is a Raven/Starfire buddy cop show.

Remember when DC made serious superhero cartoons for kids? An entire decade and a half of DCAU. Shit was stellar. Now we've got hyperserious live action garbage like Man of Steel on one end, and ridiculous nonsense like Beware the Batman on the other.

Newsflash: Half the reason the Dark Knight trilogy was so successful was because it was unique. Nobody was doing superheroes the way Christopher Nolan was. But when that's all DC does, it loses its novelty value, and it doesn't hold up against the ones that did it first and better.

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Vault101:
you know the midriff is where all your vital organs are

....I guess in her case we can make an exception

OT: I kind of like Supergirl, I'd bee somewhat interested though budget constraints would be a thing

To be totally fair, she's a kryptonian so armour isn't really needed and would probably just be wasted money when stuff like tank cannons can't even damage her skin. :P

I know it's stating the obvious. I just couldn't resist so I'll go back and hide in the corner again now.

OT: A supergirl tv show huh... Well I hope it'd be better than the wonder woman one they were trying to start. Never seen a tv show miss what a character is about that badly before in my entire life.

youji itami:

Yeah why would WB want to do something like Smallville again? 'checks on wikipedia' oh it lasted 10 seasons while internet forum hit firefly lasted 14 episodes hmm.

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oh and Serenity lost $20 million as well just like Scott pilgrim vs the world I guess internet forum users are a really terrible audience if you want to make money.

The other thing to remember is that it's WB, so unless you are female, age 16-34, you aren't their target audience.

DC, everytime you try to do something "different than in the comics" remember, Marvel made a shit tonne of money with a movie about a talking racoon and a walking tree. I know you ABSOLUTLY HAVE TO make your movies drab and boring to look at, but at least with TV try something colorful once in a while.

Vault101:
you know the midriff is where all your vital organs are

....I guess in her case we can make an exception

Well, her skin is presumably far, FAR more durable than any clothing that she could find, so there's probably very little defensive benefit to covering up.

Not that it makes the costume any less ridiculous, but absurdly revealing outfits are unfortunately par for the course when it comes to female superheroes.

Fortunately, not even the comics are doing the miniskirt thing anymore, so thats something.

But I would really appreciate if they would give Kara a full body suit in the show as well, instead of the leotard
thing she's sporting now. Would be nice.

Heck, the Smallville comics were not only able to pull that off, but still give her a unique look as well.

Not saying it has to be the duster, but please don't do the leotard, and especially don't go back to the skirt. Would be much appreciated.

Eh, as long as she doesn't fly around in a tiny skirt.

Oddly enough, certain Supergirls didn't really have much to do with Superman. Sure, there was a connection and they socialised and stuff, but they could mostly go off and do their own things...weird when she saves the world by herself, would have thought more people would have a stake in that.

Sent to Earth by her father to be raised by Superman, she develops similar powers (and weaknesses, like Kryptonite).

Wasn't it the other way round - she was sent to raise Clark but due to an accident only arrived on Earth when he was an adult?

Wait, she is part of the Red Lantern Corps? Cool! Man I should really try to catch up with the general storyline in the New 52.

I actually think it could be kind of interesting if Supergirl becomes the TV universes Superman.
Not in that she'd be the Superman story except she's a girl just that she's the godlike superhero archetype that Superman embodies in the comics.
I don't know, maybe I'm talking crazy talk.

RossaLincoln:
Incidentally, the last attempt to make a live action version of Supergirl was Helen Slater's disastrous 1984 film Supergirl.

So the version of Supergirl that appeared on Smallville doesn't count?

Bruce:

Sent to Earth by her father to be raised by Superman, she develops similar powers (and weaknesses, like Kryptonite).

Wasn't it the other way round - she was sent to raise Clark but due to an accident only arrived on Earth when he was an adult?

I think it was just an ambiguous sentence there, talking about what did happen, rather than what was intended.

Kind of excited to see someone is trying to take a crack at a female lead superhero show somewhere. I imagine the similarities to Smallville is giving a sense of security to draw executives to take the risk for a female lead.

It will undoubtedly be a teen drama, but if you ask me, teen girls need this kind of thing more than anyone else. It just a matter if they write it the right way.

I thought she was made from a wish a buddy of Superman made to relate and form a relationship with. They disguised her as his cousin and then she, inadvertently, yelled Kal-El (sp?) in front of people. It angered Superman and he never wanted to see her again. Afterward, she requested to the man that wished her to be unmade and then she got retconned.

It'll be interesting to see how they handle this, especially if they're keeping Superman out of it. It could work or it could fall flat on it's face, they have precedent for both.

Just as an FYI, Supergirl is no longer a Red Lantern in the comics.

Falterfire:

On an even more unrelated note: My alternate proposal for a female-led superhero TV show is a Raven/Starfire buddy cop show.

If it's the Teen Titans cartoon version of them that would be awesome.

Waitwaitwaitwaitwait!
The 1984 version was...
...
Sorry, I came to my senses.
Still, I have fond memories of those same times
When the Ewoks movies were out and everything had to include magic.
I remember the villain using voodoo stuff on Supergirl ;P

Nowadays, everything has to "make sense". I'd like to see someone come up with
Actual wonder like that, hence my febrility towards an eventual Dr Strange movie.
I hope they push the alien superhero thing to the hilt with Supergirl on TV...
I guess as long as it's not "Smallville" or "Man of steel" .

Well, those are interesting times^^ koodos Supergrrrl!

Offfcourse it'll be different.

Ya know, when people screw with the lore of comics, it rarely turns out that well. Especially for female comicbook characters.

Well, lets see how it goes.

 

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