Supergirl's Launching A New TV Series

Posted: Sep 6 2014, 10:45pm CDT | by , Updated: Sep 6 2014, 10:56pm CDT, in News | Latest TV News

Supergirl's Launching A New TV Series
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This week, rumors have been flying about a Supergirl television series. It looks like DC female comic fans may have a superheroine to root for after all.

In the past week, rumors have been flying through social media of a Supergirl TV series. Bleeding Cool reported on Sept 3 that Arrow and Flash creator Michael Green's been shopping around a Supergirl show. DC's faced an uphill battle in trying to gain fans on their TV series.

With Gotham premiering on Fox later this month, there's a need to fill the lack of female superheroes in the DC universe. Arrow has several, including Black Canary, but in general the television and movie series have been absent of superheroines looking to conquer—to be just as important.

The bigger question is will someone pick up the female-led series?

DC tends to bet on the white male fan to bring in the bucks, but reports that 46.67% of comic fans are female. Marvel heard the call and responded by promoting female character leads like She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Ms. Marvel. DC's been a little less enthusiastic.

Even with Marvel's Axel Alonso purporting the number in February. Due to the fact women make most purchases, Supergirl would be a very good female introduction for DC. Remember, DC's also faced criticism for a Wonder Woman cameo appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. She's a key member in the foundation of the league, so many fans found the lack of importance odd.'s own numbers are not academic, or well researched, but fans numbers do bear out a bit. Go to Dragon Con, or Comic Con, and you'll find quite a few female fans that are as Alonso put it, "starved for content and looking for content they can relate to."

Supergirl's a good choice for a beginning series with quite a few characters taking over the persona. The most famous is Superman's Kryptonian cousin Kara Zor-El, who made her first appearance in 1959. She was first killed off in DC's limited event series Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. The character returned in 2004 in an origin story that paid homage to the first Supergirl.

On screen, Vandervoort was the last actress to portray Kara on the CW's Smallville.

Green has the experience in both television and comics, having worked with Mike Johnson on the New 52 reboot of Supergirl. The knowledge is definitely there, but will the product turn out well? Marvel's Jessica Jones mini-series on Netflix has raised the bar a bit for the major comic companies. While the show isn't on the small or large screen, internet shows are catching on—thanks to offerings like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

Deadline observes that Greg Berlanti's looking to produce the show, the same producer for the DC/CW shows. (Warner Brothers owns both DC and CW.) Berlanti's bringing in Ali Adler to help helm the show. Both worked on ABC's short-lived superhero family show No Ordinary Family, starring Julie Benz, Stephen Collins, and Michael Chiklis.

The site's also reporting that Supergirl won't be the same one in comics—which matches the rebooting and reimagined concepts for DC's small screen productions.

"The project is expected to be taken out in a couple of weeks and pitched to the major networks the way WBTV and DC did with their high profile Batman prequel Gotham, which landed at Fox with a big commitment."

Yet, Deadline insists that Mike Green has no connection to the project. For the sake of news reporting on rumored television series, the fact will stay in the article. Basically, contradictory information's been spinning the earth like a red-caped crusader and the truth is a bit muddled.

This fall, WBTV and DC will have four series on air: Flash and Arrow on the CW, Constantine on NBC, and Gotham on Fox. The gossip mill reports Supergirl won't be a CW series, but again, the series is barely in development so that information seems a bit premature.

While the Supergirl series wouldn't make it in time for a spring series, perhaps a summer half season may work. CGI takes time and with a flying Kryptonian, time is needed. For female comic fans, more superheroine centric roles seem to be a good idea. Even if it fails, the whole point is to remember that comic fan demographics shift and change. And change will often bring more revenue and more opportunities to test out new ideas.

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