The DC Television enterprise continues to impress audiences with its recent announcement that CBS will be bringing Supergirl to the small screen, with fan-favorite-showrunner Greg Bertlanti at the helm. Bertlanti is no stranger to comic book adaptations for television, having successfully brought both Arrow and The Flash to the CW. What’s more? He’s done it with ratings! Nerds rejoice – Bertlanti has proven to us that he knows how to expand on those more historically underexposed comic book characters, which is news de jour for the likes of Clark Kent’s less famous yet slightly more interesting cousin, Kara.
I hope you hear about casting soon or we’re not going to be able to make the pilot… As with all these things, there’s only one person. I can’t imagine someone other than a lot of our actors playing these roles so I feel you’re always just looking for that person.
The Bechdel test asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.
It’s a wonderful amalgamation of the mythology of the character with kind of a modern coming of age. She’s a very strong, independent young woman and she’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues and it’s a female empowerment story. You look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonant of that.
So much has to go right [to have a crossover]. We have to make a great show. Again, I think of myself, if I were watching it I would want to see that, but we have to get so many things right to make a good show, and so much of it is luck unfortunately.
… That was really important to all of us (making a female-led superhero series) when we set out to working on it and it was really important to DC and it was really important to the women I’m working on the show with, the women that work at the studio and the women that work on the network. In a lot of ways I’m surrounded by more women on the project that can answer that question better.