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Superheroes have been all the rage in the movie world for years now, but comics characters are just now hitting a golden age on television. Fans can soon choose between shows as varied as Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With a little luck, we’ll be able to add a Supergirl series to the list.
News broke on Thursday that DC Comics is reportedly pitching a Supergirl TV series to the various networks. Bleeding Cool first reported the news, noting that Michael Green is currently attached. Of course, Bleeding Cool also cited an “informed” Hollywood comics contact as the source for this story, so I wouldn’t be getting your Supergirl costumes together for a TV viewing, yet. Hearing about the possibility of a series from a vague source is about 10 steps away from an actual series, which would have to land a network and then likely get a script or pilot order before actually getting picked up to series. Still, a girl can dream.
What makes the Supergirl story a little more credible is Green’s potential involvement. The man is a prolific writer and producer, and has had his name attached to the Green Lantern movie, as well as TV shows with superhero bents, such as Heroes, Smallville, and Fox’s big, new fall series, Gotham. If there’s someone with the pedigree to bring Supergirl to the small screen, he’d be high up on the list. My one worry is that he might be too busy to take on another big producing project in the near future. He’s already an executive producer on Gotham, but more importantly, he’s set to be the showrunner on Starz’s upcoming American Gods series. He sounds pretty busy to me.
Still, rumors have to start somewhere, and I’m pretty excited to hear that DC Comics is at least thinking about putting together a female superhero series for the small screen. The company’s TV efforts have only been solid thus far, with the CW’s Arrow bringing plenty of interest to the network each week (and opening up slots for tons of incredible guest stars and even spinoff The Flash). I don’t know if Supergirl would be my first choice for a series, especially given that Superman would probably not be included, but if DC has managed to make Arrow a hit, the company should be able to do it again with Supergirl.
In the realm of non-rumors, Gotham is expected to hit Fox’s schedule on Monday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET. The Flash is expected to hit The CW’s schedule on Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET and Arrow is expected to hit the CW’s schedule on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET. There’s plenty to look forward to on television if you are a DC Comics fan.