11:19am PT by Mia Galuppo , Graeme McMillan
'Supergirl' Movie in the Works With '22 Jump Street' Writer
Supergirl may be flying onto the big screen.
Oren Uziel — one of the writers behind 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox — has been tapped to pen a feature for DC and Warner Bros. about the Krypton-born superhero, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Superman’s older cousin — she didn’t physically age in transit to Earth, and arrived later than he did, explaining why she looks younger than him — Kara Zor-El debuted in 1959’s Action Comics No. 252, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. Initially working in secret at the request of her cousin, she went public as Supergirl in 1962’s Action Comics No. 285, in a story subtly titled “The World’s Greatest Heroine!” After years spent in Superman’s shadow, she eventually gained her own comic book in 1972.
Supergirl has already been spun off into a movie in 1984, starring Faye Dunaway and Mia Farrow. The character is also the subject of a CW show from Greg Berlanti starring Melissa Benoist that is heading into its fourth season.
WB/DC is already in development on several female-fronted properties, including a Batgirl movie. Joss Whedon was originally attached to that project but later exited, with Bumblebee scripter Christina Hodson taking over screenplay duties. Recently, Cathy Yan was tapped to direct a Harley Quinn stand-alone movie (based on the Birds of Prey property) that was also penned by Hodson.
The next superhero release for the studio will be Jason Momoa's Aquaman, which is due out Dec. 21.