CBS is getting into the comic book TV show game by giving Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl” a series order.
News of the TV series potentially being in the works broke on Sept. 4
. In the time since, Berlanti told Variety
“we’re well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, “Supergirl” will follow “Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”
Berlanti is also responsible for The CW’s DC offerings: “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Though female-led superhero shows like “Wonder Woman” and “Birds of Prey” existed in the past, “Supergirl” will be the only superheroine in the current TV landscape.
In addition to “Arrow” and “The Flash,” there are a number of comic book adaptations on TV or premiering in the 2014-15 TV season. “Gotham,” a Batman origin story, is coming to FOX on Sept. 22, while “Constantine,” an adaptation of “Hellraiser,” is coming to NBC on Oct. 24. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” premieres its second season on ABC on Sept. 23.
But there are more female-led comic book adaptations coming soon to keep “Supergirl” company. The CW snagged “iZombie”
for a midseason premiere, and ABC will air a midseason TV series about SHIELD co-founder and Captain America’s former girlfriend Peggy Carter, called “Marvel’s Agent Carter.”
And that’s not all for comic book TV shows. Netflix and Marvel
are teaming on five standalone series — “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders” — the first of which will premiere in 2015. Meanwhile, TNT is close to a pilot order for “Titans,”
based on Junior Justice League, and NBC is considering a pilot for Vertigo adaptation “Lucifer.”
Though Marvel’s Cinematic Universe — TV included — is creating one cohesive world, don’t expect the same of the DC properties on this list (with the exception of “Arrow” and “The Flash,” which exist in the same universe). DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns tells Variety that the DC properties being brought to the big and small screens won’t be interconnected.
“We want to give freedom to creators … so that they can take their passion [and make] the best show, the best film, the best game without having to tie it into other things,” he explains.
With that being said, here’s hoping Supergirl will exist in the same world as her DC and Berlanti superhero siblings Arrow and The Flash.
Are you excited Supergirl is coming to the small screen?