Word is that Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler sold their Supergirl series faster than a speeding bullet! Just one day after shopping Supergirl to several networks, CBS has committed to the new super-heroine series. No word on how many episodes, but the rumor mill is already saying the series commitment is larger that the one Gotham got from Fox.
This news doesn’t really surprise me, CBS is the only network without a currently airing Superhero series or one in the works for next year. After Extant pretty much bombed, CBS needed something to draw in the Nerdy crowd that is driving what little box office and entertainment dollars there are this year.
Supergirl joins the five DC superhero series already scheduled: Gotham at Fox, Arrow, The Flash, and iZombie on the CW, and Constantine on NBC. If you’re wondering why ABC doesn’t have any DC series in the mix, it’s most likely because of the strong corporate ties with Disney and Marvel. ABC has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. Netflix has four Marvel series in the works, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones.
We’re not going to have to wait years before Supergirl dons her super suit and flexes her super powered muscles in public like we had to with Smallville. This series deals with Kara Zor-El deciding to use her powers for good in a very public way.
Berlanti and Adler are writing the scripts and executive producing. DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns has also been deeply involved in the series creation. This series follows a clear direction in superhero television shows that feature strong female characters. Now female characters are taking the lead in series like Supergirl, Agent Carter, and Jessica Jones.
Will this trend finally cross over to the big screen as well? Fans have been screaming for a Wonder Woman or Black Widow stand alone movie. So far, only Marvel has linked their television series and their Cinematic Universe with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. DC is keeping the two worlds apart, unless perhaps Stephen Amell gets the Green Arrow part in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice or one of the follow-up films.
I’d ask if you’ll be tuning in to check out the new Supergirl series when it premieres some time next year, but of course you are. You wouldn’t be reading Nerd Bastard posts if you weren’t already on board!