The Supergirl TV show is officially a “go”. We heard a couple of weeks ago that Arrow and The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti was developing a possible TV series based on the DC comics heroine, and now Deadline reports that CBS has given a big series commitment to Supergirl. The drama will be written by Berlanti and Ali Adler (The New Normal, No Ordinary Family), with Adler also acting as an executive producer on the series. Apparently CBS’ straight-to-series commitment is bigger than the one Fox recently gave to the upcoming Gotham, which is a prequel of sorts to the Batman storyline. This continues the expansion of comic book adaptation fever into the TV world, which is becoming more and more crowded with small screen iterations of famous superheroes. More on Supergirl after the jump.
For those unfamiliar, the character of Supergirl was introduced in the comics world in 1959. She is, of course, a female spinoff of the classic Superman, and in the traditional origin story she is Superman’s cousin. Supergirl shares Superman’s litany of super powers as well as his aversion for Kryptonite. It’s certainly nice to see someone noticing the lack of female-led superhero properties, even if David E. Kelley attempted a Wonder Woman TV series a couple of years back to disastrous results (the pilot was not picked up). Supergirl also proves that CBS is trying to expand its audience past people over 60 and pets left home alone with the TV on, as the Supergirl audience will no doubt skew younger than, say, NCIS or CSI.
As superhero movies continue to dominate the marketplace, studios have begun to heavily increase their superhero output on television. Arrow has proved to be a big success for The CW, spawning the upcoming The Flash which will launch an inter-connected universe of superhero shows on the network. NBC has Constantine on tap for the fall season, and Marvel’s maligned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for a second season while it hopes to find more widespread critical support with the period-set Agent Carter. Marvel will also be expanding into the digital realm with a series of Netflix shows starting next summer with Daredevil.
No word on how soon we might see the Supergirl TV series on the small screen, but I imagine the show will debut during the Fall 2015-16 season. What do you think, folks? Are you eager to see a Supergirl TV show? Does CBS seem like an odd fit? Sound off in the comments below.