Arrow's Greg Berlanti Is Pitching a Supergirl Television Series
In light of the unexpected success of Arrow, the wild anticipation for The Flash and Gotham, and a general boom in DC comics with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League movies, top television producer Greg Berlanti is pitching the idea of a Supergirl television show to major networks.
Berlanti is no stranger to DC comics adaptations, as he is the executive producer on both the critically acclaimed Arrow and its spinoff, The Flash. (He also wrote the despised 2011 Green Lantern adaptation, but I'm sure he'd prefer it if we just forgot about that.) Berlanti can also be credited with discovering Chris Pratt, now a huge movie star after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, as he gave Pratt his first major role on Everwood, one of the WB's most critically acclaimed dramas.
In the comics, the most well-known iteration of Supergirl is Kara Zor-El, Superman's biological Kryptonian cousin who shares both his powers and his sole vulnerability to Kryptonite. She was played by Helen Slater in the 1984 film, and more recently by Laura Vandervoort on the Superman prequel series Smallville. She was also voiced by cult favorite Summer Glau in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. This upcoming series, which is still in development, will reportedly be an entirely new take on the character. The pilot will be written by No Ordinary Family writer Ali Adler, who will also executive produce.
There's no denying that we need more female superheroes, although it's debatable whether Supergirl is the ideal candidate for the first superhero television series with a female protagonist, as she is famously sexualized and mostly serves as a female counterpart to Superman. However, we'd be hard-pressed to find a female comic book hero who isn't completely sexualized, so we'll take our victories where we find them.