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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Supergirl Gets A Pilot At CBS!

Superman is the movies, but it seems his cousin Kara Zor-El just may be hitting prime time, baby! Yep, the rumors were true about a Supergirl television series in the works, and while Marvel has the box office, DC Comics is aggressively expanding it's dominance of the small screen.

Along with Arrow and Gotham, DC Comics and Warner Bros. have quite a bit of new shows coming to a flat screen near you. Both the Flash and Constantine are slated for this year, while a Preacher show at AMC is in the works.

But that's not all at all. Not even close. An Hourman television show is also in the works, and three new comic book TV series were recently reported. TNT and Warner Bros. are working to close a deal for a Teen Titans television show and Fox is planning to adapt DC Comics' Lucifer for a TV pilot.

Supergirl is one among them confirmed by Greg Berlanti, producer of Arrow and the Flash, and it seems he will also produce this Supergirl series. CBS, the only station to not have a TV series based off a comic book hero, has now jumped on board and closed a deal to produce a pilot. 


About this new Supergirl show, Greg Berlanti has been reported saying, 

"We’re well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV. I’ve gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they’re grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there’s a need.

I think people are more interested in quality than they are necessarily just going to watch something because it’s about a man or a woman… There are just as many women who love the action of [Arrow] as there are men who love the romance. I think it’s [about] recognizing that audiences are sophisticated and varied."


Though it's not guaranteed that CBS will order additional episodes, it is guaranteed that they will pay a significant penalty if they do not. Still, this hasn't stopped a station from pulling a show before, and even if additional episodes are ordered, the series could be short-lived if it fails to impress.

With all the new comic book TV shows and movies, many are now worried about over saturation, and I have to be honest and admit that it's starting to make me worry also. Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing, especially in such a short time span. 

Since I'm also a movie geek, all this is reminding me of the line from Blade Runner:

"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy."

In terms of Supergirl, I'm wondering if the show is just going to be the female version of Smallville. It's been reported that the show will focus on Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Superman, at age 24 while she is coming to grips with her powers and her destiny as a hero.

As Berlanti stated, there is a demand for strong female superhero leads, and we have truly yet to see one helm their own movie or TV series successfully since the 70s. There are more female comic fans than ever though, so this show just may be successful. 

The only successful female led TV show based on a comic book hero was the 1970s Wonder Woman series starring Lynda Carter. Since then, even blockbuster movies starring female comic heroes have all bombed, including the 1984 Supergirl movie starring Helen Slater. 

More recently in 2011, the rebooted Wonder Woman series starring Adrianne Palicki was declined to get picked up by NBC. Is Berlanti right? Can this really be the right time for comic book females to helm a television series or blockbuster?

I admit I'm skeptical, but I also hope that this is the time and this Supergirl television show does well. What do you guys think?




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