‘Supergirl’ Flying to TV With New CBS Series
Superman's cousin is set to fly to the small screen soon, entertainment news site Ace Showbiz reported.
On Friday, CBS inked the deal with writers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler to bring "Supergirl" to television. With the deal, the television network has given it a series commitment that will put Fox's series commitment to the Batman drama "Gotham" to shame, according to a Deadline report.
The show will follow the story of Kara Zor-El, cousin to Superman. Kara was born on the planet Krypton but she escaped to Earth. When she turned 24, Kara decided to embrace her superhuman powers, which she shares with Superman, and become the hero that she's destined to be.
Berlanti, who is behind the CW show "Arrow," and Adler, who has written for "The New Normal," will write and executive produce the series with Sarah Schechter, according to Variety. Berlanti Productions will produce "Supergirl" alongside Warner Bros. TV.
Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, is reportedly also involved in the development of the project. Johns also produced "Arrow" and its spinoff, "The Flash."
Berlanti previously said that he understands the shortage of female-led shows of the superhero genre, saying that "we're well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV," according to an earlier Variety report.
CBS is the last of the five networks to have a superhero series on air or developing a show that is based on a comic book series. Aside from "Arrow," CW has "The Flash" and "iZombie, while Fox has "Gotham" and NBC is premiering "Constantine" this season. ABC rounds up the networks with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and its spinoff, the female-led "Marvel's Agent Carter."
"iZombie" is a procedural drama based on a title from DC's Vertigo imprint. In addition, Fox is also reported to have ordered a pilot commitment to "Lucifer," which is another drama that sources its materials from Vertigo.
Cable networks are also joining in the act. TNT has recently offered an order for a pilot of "Titans," which is based on the younger DC Universe characters, while Netflix announced that it is partnering with Marvel to have, among others, four shows based on different Marvel characters as well as a crossover miniseries.