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‘Supergirl’ Soars To CBS

‘No Ordinary Family’ creative team brings Girl of Steel to television


CBS is bringing “Supergirl” to television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Joining a growing wave of new superhero properties on television, the unnamed series will be scripted and executive produced by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”) and Ali Adler, who were the creative team behind ABC’s “No Ordinary Family.” Sarah Schecter, president of Warner Bros-based Berlanti Productions, will also executive produce.

The series will center on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who escaped the destruction of their home world, Krypton. After initially attempting to keep a low profile on Earth, Kara, now 24, decides to embrace her responsibilities as a superhero.

Kara Zor-El was created by Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino, and made her first appearance in “Action Comics No. 252” in May 1959. She has gone through various incarnations since her debut and was initially killed off in 1985’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” In 2011, she was rebooted in “Supergirl No. 1” as part of DC’s “New 52” relaunch.

“Smallville” had the last live-action appearance of Kara, who was played by Laura Vandervoort (“Ted,” “Bitten”) from 2007 to 2011. In 1984, Helen Slater (“City Slickers”) portrayed the character in the feature film “Supergirl,” which was directed by Jeannot Szwarc (“Jaws 2”) and starred Faye Dunaway and Peter O’Toole.

Comic book adaptions from DC continue to flourish on television. Along with The CW’s “Arrow,” which starts its third season in October, the comics giant is also poised to launch “Gotham” and “Lucifer” on Fox, “The Flash” and “iZombie” on The CW and “Constantine” on NBC.

Marvel is also aggressively pursuing television adaptions, including the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” spinoff “Agent Carter” and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones” and “Iron Fist.”

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