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Supergirl Movie Reportedly In Development, ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ Writer Attached To Write

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A Supergirl film adaptation is allegedly in the works. Oren Uziel, The Cloverfield Paradox scribe, is apparently working on the screenplay, and both Warner Bros. and DC are handling development. No producer is attached yet.

Supergirl, according to DC mythology, is a teenage girl who escaped the doomed planet Krypton alongside her infant cousin, who grew up to be Clark Kent. Glee actress Melissa Benoist plays the character in the Warner Bros. series, a fourth season of which is coming soon on The CW.

A Supergirl Movie Is Coming

It's unclear whether Superman will make an appearance on the film, as he had done so on the show. If rumors are true that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment want to create a new template for future Superman films, this would seem a likely place to hatch a new persona, as Deadline notes.

Rumors of a Supergirl film makes sense, as it reflects a change in focus at the studio, where the superhero effort is now helmed by Walter Hamada, who's responsible for many of New Line Cinema's genre hits years ago.

The Rise Of Female Superhero Films

Perhaps a Supergirl film is a way to reinvigorate the Superman series by shifting the focus away from Kent and toward both of them as cousins, or perhaps Warner Bros. and DC want to develop a worthy rival to Wonder Woman, the film adaptation for which garnered both critical and commercial success when it premiered in 2017. Female Superhero films are in vogue following Patty Jenkins's highly exuberant Wonder Woman adaptation, and now Marvel wants to have the piece of the pie too, so it's reportedly moving forward with the much-awaited standalone Black Widow movie, which is also going to be directed by a woman.

The Supergirl film project will likely search for a female director as well, although that part is probably ways away seeing as it's still early on in development.

Supergirl first appeared in Action Comics #252 from writer Otto Binder and illustrator Al Plastino. It told the story of Kara Zor-El, born and raised in Argo City but was sent to Earth when the planet was crumbling to pieces. Supergirl adapted the secret identity of orphan Linda Lee and made Midvale Orphanage her home.

The first Supergirl film was released in 1984, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and written by David Odell. Helen Slater portrayed Supergirl. Her co-stars included Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, and Peter O'Toole.

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