Greg Berlanti's Supergirl Goes to Series at CBS
If we can't have a female superhero movie, at least we can have a female superhero TV show. The Supergirl series conceived by Greg Berlanti, who also executive produces DC Comics adaptations Arrow and The Flash, has officially been ordered by CBS.
Supergirl follows Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin who fled Krypton after its destruction. She's been hiding her superhuman status for many years, but at the beginning of the series decides to finally use her powers to help others. The role was previously played by Laura Vandervoort on the Superman prequel Smallville.
The show will be an hourlong drama, and will be helmed by Berlanti and Ali Adler, who previously worked with Berlanti on No Ordinary Family and is the co-creator of The New Normal. CBS's series commitment means that all five major broadcast networks will have comic book adaptations on their schedules: The CW houses Arrow and The Flash, ABC has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, NBC has Constantine, and Fox will premiere Gotham on Monday, which was recently named the most promising new show of the fall. Not to mention other networks like AMC, which has garnered a great deal of attention for comic book adaptation The Walking Dead, and media like Netflix, which will air four series based on the Defenders.
But the real surprise here is DC potentially surpassing Marvel in its progressiveness. Marvel recently announced their female Thor and black Captain America, but they also had a slight Spider-Woman debacle and Kevin Feige has been notoriously dicey about making a female superhero movie, even though everyone and their mother are clamoring for a Black Widow solo. DC, on the other hand, officially has the first female superhero television series, and Sony has a female member of the Sinister Six (originally a Marvel creation, but not coming out of Marvel studios) gearing up for a 2017 female superhero movie.