Supergirl could soon be flying onto the big screen.
A Supergirl movie is reportedly now in development at Warner Bros. and DC, and it could mark a big new step in the DC cinematic universe’s exploration of Superman in the future. Deadline broke the news, reporting that WB may be looking at the character of Supergirl – aka Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin – as part of a “new template for future Superman movies”.
Screenwriter Oren Uziel, whose resume includes 22 Jump Street, Shimmer Lake and The Cloverfield Paradox, has been hired to pen the script. Uziel is also on board as co-writer on Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film.
This marks a big move in the DC universe that’s unfolding with the arrival of Walter Hamada, who was brought in to oversee DC films into a new direction after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was met with hugely polarising opinions, Suicide Squad with more of a negative response, and Justice League pulling in a disappointing $US615 million worldwide from a budget that ballooned past $US300 million.
A Supergirl movie is kind of a surprising move. Many were assuming that a Man of Steel sequel, giving Henry Cavil another solo run as Kal-El, would be announced soon. That could still happen, but that DC horizon is – as usual – quite crowded. Apart from Supergirl, currently in development is Birds of Prey, a Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker film, The Flash, and the long-gestating next Batman movie, among a number of others. Set for release soon is Aquaman and Shazam.
Helen Slater took on the role of Supergirl in a 1984 movie directed by Jeannot Szwarc, and Melissa Benoist currently stars as the DC heroine in The CW’s Arrowverse series.