CBS Gives Series Commitment to Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s ‘Supergirl’

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CBS has donned its cape and is ready to conquer the superhero market, giving a series commitment to scribes Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl.”

“Supergirl,” which is based on characters from DC Comics, comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and is exec produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter. It’s based on the story of Kara Zor-El, who, like her famous cousin, escaped Krypton amid its destruction. She’s been keeping her powers a secret since arriving on Earth, but now — at age 24 — she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

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The project gained much fanfare when news broke of its development earlier this month. Berlanti, who has seen success with the superhero genre with his CW show “Arrow” and, presumably also with its upcoming spinoff “The Flash,” has stated that he understands there’s a dearth of female-led shows of this genre, telling Variety “we’re well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV.”

With this purchase, CBS has ensured that all the broadcast channels are either airing or developing a show based on comicbook characters. Aside from Berlanti’s CW properties, ABC has “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and its upcoming female-led spinoff “Agent Carter.” Fox and NBC are unspooling “Gotham” and “Constantine” this season, respectively — both of which are based on DC characters. This winter, the CW will also unveil “iZombie,” a procedural based on a title from DC’s Vertigo imprint. Fox also recently gave a put pilot commitment to “Lucifer,” which also sources material from Vertigo.

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Cable and digital markets are also getting into the act, with TNT offering a pilot production order for “Titans,” which is based on younger characters in DC’s universe, and Netflix partnering with Marvel on a hefty package that includes four shows based on different characters from that universe and a crossover miniseries. Still, the most successful current show of the genre is AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which is based on an Image Comics series and continues to break ratings records for the channel.

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  1. Joe says:

    CBS is not the network for superheroes. The closest they will ever come will be the Big Bang Theory. DC TV is real crap. Much more interested in the Netflix/Marvel deal instead. No Commerical TV.

  2. Please make sure it’s good. All we need is a bad superhero series with a woman lead and the network will say, “Women don’t sell,” and ignore the fact that the problem was the writing.

  3. Bob Bob says:

    No, there won’t be a costume.

    I’m tired of seeing adaptations that are ashamed of their source.

    From now on I’m not watching any TV or film that screws up its source, it’s just lazy ‘entertainment’

  4. Who wants to be she will have a totally god awful costume, not even close to the comic book or have no costume at all!

  5. Reblogged this on Quantum Multiverse by @Jedi_Knut and commented:
    Can TV suits do a female Superhero justice? Safe answer… no. We shall see.

  6. Huh? says:

    The first thing that this new show needs to determine is who will be the core audience. That will influence everything from the storylines to the costume.

    Next, what type of budget will they have for their first season and who will be doing their effects. If the effects look dated or bad, then the show will have problems.

    Lastly, will it exist without Superman. If it does include Superman, and Metropolis, then how will it include him. Supergirl does not have much to offer in terms of backstory or villains without Superman being directly connected.

  7. Chelsea says:

    Just don’t cancel the show or mini series before it aired live on television like they did the Wonder Woman series back then in 2011.

  8. EK says:

    Will it be animatwed or live action? Story doesn’t say and the illustration makes its seem like an animated skein. Seriously alters its demographics if it is.

    • dunstan says:

      EK, while a drawing was used for the purposes of this online piece, none of the DC or Marvel primetime TV properties are animated. They are all live-action, as “Supergirl” will be.

  9. Sam Cro says:

    No wonder TV is failing. The Liberals in Hollywood are so out of touch. Unless she is topless, just another feminist social engineering project.

    • dunstan says:

      Sam, what planet do you live on? This Variety article is about a TV show based on a comic book character. What does it have to do with liberals or politics at all on any level? FYI, Supergirl was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959. I don’t know either of their political preferences and neither do you.

      If “liberals in Hollywood are so out of touch,” why do audiences of all stripes keep watching TV, listening to music and watching movies? Where are the facts to back up any of your ludicrous claims?

      Sounds to me like you’ve been listening to way too much Rush, Reince and Rand; the three horsemen of the Apocalypse.

      By the way, I figured out what the “cro” in your screen name stands for: Cro-magnon.

      • Joe says:

        Sam; Go back to the rock you came from with the other worms.

      • Bob Bob says:

        Seriously, you are questioning a political agenda in showing this kind of thing? SERIOUSLY???

        You need to pull your head out of the sand and look at how the world works… talk about naive.

  10. R.G. says:

    running a little late to the gate with supergirl story…lets face it the only reason this is being consider is the fact that everybody in Hollywood is jumping on the superhero bandwagon trip! …. let it go peoples! make something you really want to see! and express that as such ….this is the time for independent filmmaking if they can resist the pull of Hollywood madness they can create a world of film/stories that will make Hollywood upset!…..I have my own studio and release my own internet art films on line and to the theaters and free to the public I admit they the public are not in total love with my films but at least I create what I want as art and the ones who liked it truly like it as such its a small crowd of film/art lovers but I guess that is what it is suppose to be a small group of people RG

    • Rurudo says:

      Well, this is something a lot of people do want to see, so if you don’t, then don’t watch it. I personally love superhero movies and tv shows and am looking forward to everything that is coming in the near future.

    • dnno1 says:

      That’s nice that you have the time and money to publish your own YouTube videos, but DC Entertainment and their stake holders, along with wanting to tell great stories and to expose their characters on to multiple platforms, want to get a return on their investment. That is a slightly different business model than yours. The Superman franchise has been very successful on television in the past. Maybe Supergirl, with a little help from her cousin, may be just as successful.

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