DC reportedly developing live-action Supergirl TV series from comic writer

The last few attempts to get Wonder Woman back on the small screen failed in spectacular fashion, but another female DC hero could find her way to television soon.

Bleeding Cool claims they have been “reliably informed” that DC is actively pitching a television adaptation of Supergirl, aka Superman’s younger, super-powered cousin. The project is reportedly being developed by veteran producer Michael Green (Smallville, Gotham), who also helped launch the New 52 comic reboot of Supergirl. Coincidence? Not likely.

There’s no telling where the potential series might land, if anywhere at all, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do a small-screen Supergirl story at this point. TV-level effects work has come a long way, and if they can make Arrow look as good as it does on a CW budget, Supergirl should be a piece of cake if it lands at a major network. Or, heck, even The CW.

Aside from that, not much else is known about the project, which is apparently in its infancy. But you don’t have to look too far to find that there’s likely a willing audience for it. Arrow is a hit, while Constantine, The Flash and Gotham are all set to launch this season. That’s a boatload of comic shows, and that’s without even touching on Marvel’s ample offerings.

This would also represent one of the first female-led comic-book TV series in a long, long time. Yes, Marvel is pushing into that space with Jessica Jones, but a Supergirl series could definitely help break up all the super-powered testosterone. Our best guess? Potential suitors might wait to see how the glut of new DC series perform this fall before taking a shot at putting yet another one into development so quickly.

Another note: DC has already shown they have no problem with keeping separate universes for different properties (i.e. Arrow is not connected to Man of Steel, etc.), so they could easily carve out a Supergirl series while Zack Snyder’s big-screen Justice League initiative keeps rolling right along.

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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