Supergirl is flying back to the big screen.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are in the early stages of a “Supergirl” film. They have hired “22 Jump Street” writer Oren Uziel to pen the script, but have not found a producer yet.
The character has been played by Melissa Benoist in the titular CW series that’s heading into its fourth season, and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.
The superheroine first appeared in “Action Comics #252” from writer Otto Binder and illustrator Al Plastino. It followed Kara Zor-El, who was born and raised in Argo City — a fragment of Krypton that survived destruction. When the town is doomed, Kara is sent to Earth by her parents to be raised by her cousin Kal-El, known as Superman. Supergirl adopted the secret identity of orphan Linda Lee and made Midvale Orphanage her home.
After the first three Christopher Reeve-starring “Superman” movies, producers spun off “Supergirl” into a 1984 film directed by Jeannot Szwarc and written by David Odell. Helen Slater played Supergirl in the pic, co-starring Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, and Peter O’Toole.
DC’s upcoming releases include Jason Momoa’s “Aquaman,” which opens in December, and Asher Angel’s “Shazam,” set for April 5, 2019.
The launch of “Supergirl” comes eight months after Warner Bros. promoted Walter Hamada to oversee its comic book movies, a month after the studio decided to replace Jon Berg and Geoff Johns as the heads of the DC movies. That move came with DC looking for more quality control of its big-screen efforts — which saw mixed reception last year with acclaim for “Wonder Woman,” disappointment with “Justice League” and widespread frustration over DC’s failure to match the popularity of Marvel movies.
British actor Henry Cavill has played Superman in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and 2017’s “Justice League.”
Uziel’s credits include “Mortal Kombat,” “The Cloverfield Paradox,” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” He also directed and wrote “Shimmer Lake” for Netflix. Uziel is repped by WME and Writ Large.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.