'Naomi': 5 things to know about The CW's superhero show created by Ava DuVernay
'Naomi' follows the journey of a young girl who suddenly discovers that she has ties with superheroes and gets to know her real identity
If you are one of those who love superhero shows and eagerly wait for the new shows to arrive, then we have some good news for you. The CW is set to make the Arrowverse bigger with its upcoming series ‘Naomi’, which follows a young girl and her inspiring journey.
Based on the characters created by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell, the series follows the journey of a young girl named Naomi (Kaci Walfall) who suddenly discovers that she has ties to superheroes after Superman and dangerous alien villain Mongul enter her town. She embarks on a journey to know the truth about herself and gets to know how powerful she truly is.
The show is about to join titles like ‘Batwoman’, ‘The Flash’, and ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ on The CW and the network would be hoping to make the upcoming series as successful as the aforementioned names.
The ‘Naomi’ comic series was a huge hit because of its interesting premise. Also, having a young Black hero in the lead made the comic even more appealing to the readers. It was path-breaking in a lot of sense, so it doesn’t come as a shock that The CW thought of putting Naomi in the Arrowverse. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming show.
When does ‘Naomi’ release and where can you watch it
The upcoming superhero series by Ava DuVernay will be premiering exclusively on The CW on Tuesday, January 11. According to the network, the episodes will be airing at 9 pm EST. Viewers can download The CW app from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Apart from that, The CW is also available on devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Vizio Smart TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirPlay, Apple TV, and Xbox One.
What is ‘Naomi’ all about
The official synopsis reveals, “Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall) is living her best life as a top student, skateboarder, and Superman-stan when a 'stunt' in the middle of her hometown of Port Oswego turns her world upside down. While Naomi's doting parents – Greg and Jennifer McDuffie (Barry Watson and Mouzam Makkar) – are concerned with their daughter's strange new fainting spells, the teen's closest friends – Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones), Nathan (Anthony Puig), Lourdes (Camila Moreno), Anthony (Will Meyers), and Jacob (Aidan Gemme) – join Naomi to help uncover who or what is behind the unexpected event that has the small military town buzzing. A bit of sleuthing leads Naomi and her friends to discover that the owners of two local businesses – Dee (Alexander Wraith) and Zumbado (Cranston Johnson) – seem to know a lot more about the incident than everyone else. Soon Naomi realizes that the mysterious event is just the beginning of a thrilling journey that will change her life and challenge her to question everything she knew to be true.”
Who stars in the upcoming superhero series
Kaci Walfall will be seen playing the titular character and Mary-Charles Jones will be portraying the character of Annabelle. On the other hand, Camila Moreno will be seen on the show playing Lourdes.
Walfall is one of the young stars to watch out for and has already laid a strong foundation for her career. She began her career in 2013 with the TV series ‘Army Wives’ and played the role of Nyah. In 2014, she had a cameo role in the blockbuster hit show ‘Person of Interest’. Recently, she was seen sharing the screen with Queen Latifah on ‘The Equalizer’.
‘Naomi’ would be the first project in which she would be playing the lead character and fans are already expecting a lot of great things from her. From everything that we have seen in the trailers, Walfall is surely going to be a superstar.
Other actors to feature on the series include Brian Brightman as Commander Steel, Stephanie March as Akira, Mouzam Makkar as Jennifer McDuffie, and Barry Watson as Greg.
Based on the characters created by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell, the show has been developed by director-turned-producer Ava DuVernay. DuVernay is known for being behind some of the most riveting projects such as ‘Selma’, ‘13th’, ‘Queen Sugar’ and ‘When They See Us’.
DuVernay, Jill Blankenship, Sarah Bremner, and Paul Garner will serve as executive producers on the show.
The trailer of The CW series sees Naomi and her friends embarking on a journey from their small north-western town to the heights of the multiverse in search of answers and then the titular character gets to know the truth about her identity. You can watch the trailer here.