Supergirl could soon join Arrow and The Flash and a number of other DC heroes on the small screen.
Warner Bros. Television is teaming with Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler to adapt the popular DC Comics hero for a potential TV series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Adler, who worked with Berlanti on ABC’s superhero dramedy No Ordinary Family, will pen is expected to pen the script, with Berlanti on board to produce via his WBTV-based Berlanti Productions banner. DC’s Geoff Johns is also expected to have a role in the Supergirl project, which is in the early stages of development and expected to be taken out to networks soon. Johns exec produces Arrow and The Flash.
Also unclear is if it will be an hour or half-hour as well as a potential title for the project, which is based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. She first appeared in Action Comics as a female counterpart to Superman. Adler and Berlanti’s take is expected to be a new interpretation of the character and her story. Sources tell THR that the project will not be called Supergirl.
The Supergirl entry comes as comic book adaptations are poised to have a major presence on the upcoming fall schedule. In addition to Berlanti’s CW series Arrow, he has spinoff The Flash at the network. Both hail from WBTV and DC Entertainment, which also are behind Fox’s Batman/Jim Gordon prequel Gotham, NBC’s Hellblazer take Constantine and The CW’s iZombie adaptation. On the Marvel side, ABC has Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter.
For its part, WBTV and The CW also took two stabs at bringing DC’s Wonder Woman to the small screen with a 2012 origin story coming a year after NBC passed on its David E. Kelley take on the iconic female hero.
Berlanti, meanwhile, already has one sale this development season. He’s prepping Blindspot, a naked amnesiac drama for NBC, expanding his relationship with the network behind his adaptation of fall drama The Mysteries of Laura. Adler’s credits include Glee and NBC’s The New Normal.