'Supergirl': DC's new movie is already on the cards and will be written by Oren Uziel
DC is about to have its own Supergirl, although the production and casting team is still in the works
A new 'Supergirl' movie is being developed by Warner Bros and DC, reports said. While '22 Jump Street' writer Oren Uziel has been hired to pen down the script, the much-anticipated film doesn't have a producer yet. The film certainly came as a surprise since most of the social media speculations are now largely about what more is in store for DC's 'Superman' who after his 2013 film, 'Man of Steel', was most recently seen in 'Batman V Superman' and 'Justice League'. Churning out a new superhero movie with a superwoman as the focus seems to be the new trend that DC Universe has latched onto.
At the same time in the mythical universe where Superman has been considered God over the years, telling a similar story from the perspective of his cousin Supergirl reflects DC's consistent attempts to produce something out of the box, especially ever since 'Justice League's' disappointing Box Office earning of a mere $615 million worldwide on a reported $300 million budget. This could also be a drift in DC's way of storytelling which (with an exception of Patty Jerkin's 'Wonder Woman') has so often just been about men with a dark past trying to fight for a brighter future.
Supergirl's character was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959 when she first appeared as the superhero form of Kara Zor-El in Action Comics, which had also introduced Superman in their first issue. Supergirl was born and raised in the city of Argo, the last of the Kryptonian cities, and was later sent to her cousin Kal El (a.k.a Superman) when the town was destroyed. The first 'Supergirl' movie came in 198, starring Helen Slater as Supergirl under the direction of Jeannot Szwarc and writer David Odell, after the first three Christopher Reeve-starring 'Superman' movies.
While the character has been played by several actresses over the years, she has most recently been portrayed by Melissa Benoist in the Greg Berlanti Warner Bros. series which is heading into its fourth season on CW. The launch of the upcoming 'Supergirl' movie comes almost eight months after Walter Hamada was promoted by Warner Bros. to oversee its comic book movies, which was one of DC's attempts to practice some more quality control of its big-screen efforts. When Hamada was hired back in January, Toby Emmerich who had worked with Hamada in New Line had said in a statement, "Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films...I’m confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls.”
Hopefully, 'Supergirl' will help bring DC back to the league and will actually prove Hamada's hold in delivering successful films. On the other hand, DC's upcoming films include 'The Joker' which is being directed by Todd Phillips and will see Joaquin Phoenix play the iconic villain and Robert De Niro playing a talk show host who works as an influence on the character. There can be no Joker without Harley Quinn, and shortly follows 'Birds of Prey' that will bring Margot Robbie to her Harley Quinn character as Cathy Yan ensembles a league of female antiheroes, with production set to begin in January. The next DC releases include 'Aquaman' and 'Shazam', while the Ezra Miller staring 'The Flash' will begin production in February.