Supergirl SUPERGIRL Headed To CBS! written by Sean Gerber September 19, 2014 Of all the major broadcast networks in the United States, CBS is the only one without a superhero television show in its lineup. That changes next year, as CBS has given Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Greg Berlanti (ARROW, THE FLASH) a series commitment for SUPERGIRL. Berlanti co-wrote the pilot episode with Ali Adler. Kara Zor-El will be 24-years-old when the series starts with her using her powers publicly and on a regular basis for the first time. Kara is the cousin of Superman, but just how much that familial connection will be emphasized in the series is unclear. We can safely assume, however, that her cousin is not Henry Cavill’s iteration of The Man of Steel. DC Entertainment currently has five series that will air this television season- ARROW, THE FLASH, and iZOMBIE on the CW, GOTHAM on FOX, and CONSTANTINE on NBC. If they all succeed or at least survive, SUPERGIRL and TITANS (currently being developed for TNT) could be the sixth and seventh. DC is stretching its massive and still growing television presence across several networks. They’ve now got seeds planted in every American broadcast network, save for the Disney-owned ABC to which Marvel has exclusive access. Spreading shows out across several networks makes shared universes and crossovers tricky (except for ARROW and THE FLASH, obviously), but DC has been very clear that such matters are not their priority. DC could benefit from a diversified portfolio in which each new series can succeed or fail on its own merits without impacting the strength of any other show. That approach may not satisfy all fans, but it remains to be seen whether or not the average television viewer will be bothered by this issue. 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January 2, 2017 texvor Time for another podcast me thinks…maybe one of the subjects should be DC TV universe vs the DCCU…and why one seems to be more organized than the other… Rob Ó Conchúir Given that CBS owns the CW in partnership with Warner, I’m holding out hope that this might have something to do with the Arrowverse. I’m really excited for the possibilities of this series – I just hope they shy away from Kal-El and give Kara a strong mythology of her own. They can still pick and choose from all the Superman villains, but there should be an emphasis put on making a 3-dimensional feminine role model in the tradition of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. texvor Yes..the more i think about it though..Marvel has nearly exclusively branded the superhero genre as their thing now. I mean people outside of comics that see Marvel films can differentiate Marvel Studios films from Marvel films from Fox and Sony…and they both had their biggest characters. Now WB seems like they’re countering that by making sure all DC superhero and comic properties are all over TV..where to most people its free and its on everyweek. Also with all this demand for a female superhero on the screen..DC/WB has beaten their competition to that as well. All it remains is to see how successful it going to be. As for crossovers..yes i expect to see something either with Flash or Arrow. Are these producers from Arrow, Flash and now Supergirl becoming the Bruce Timm and Paul Dini of the DC Live Action Universe? Rob Ó Conchúir I wouldn’t go that far – much as I enjoy Arrow (and the Flash pilot), it’s popcorn entertainment – if you start taking it seriously it’s full of holes, with weak characterisation and daft, over-the-top dialogue at the best of times (any scene in the Lance household makes me roll my eyes). Not to mention the absolute lashings of plagiarism (Batman for Arrow, seemingly Spider-Man for Flash). It’s LOADS of fun, but it can be pretty silly. Whereas the Animated shows when they were at their best, were among the very best interpretations of the characters in ANY medium. texvor The companies involved is taking it seriously because there’s money to be made. The other stuff goes without saying. The point is that Marvel has managed to put their stamp on the genre much like cocoacola has on Coke. John DC really started all of this first way back when – the 1950s Superman show, the 60s Batman show, the 70s Wonder Woman show, Shazam! and Isis in the 70s, the 80s Superboy show, The Flash series in the late 80s/early 90s, Lois & Clark in the 90s, Birds of Prey in the early 2000s, Smallville for a solid decade, and now Arrow, the new Flash series, and all the others. DC has had live action comic book shows on TV pretty much non-stop for 60 years! But that won’t stop people from giving all the credit to Marvel! texvor Er dude…ISIS isn’t and never was owned by DC. That was all Filmation. Second..back then there wasn’t any attempt to blanket all those characters under the DC comics banner. Since Marvel came along there has been. That’ the difference between 20th century early 21 century DC comics tv shows and the current ones. Oh and you forgot Swamp Thing TV show and Human Target…both the 90s version and the 2000s version…. John Since Shazam and Isis were paired together in the “Power Hour” and Isis showed up on Smallville in the final season I assumed she was DC. Plus she’s in the 52 DC series from 2006. So she didn’t start as DC but it looks like they’ve acquired the rights since. My point is, DC has been in the TV business pretty much from the start of television. But now, according to seemingly most of the Internet, they’re just “copying Marvel” by having shows. I think that mindset is coming from younger people who grew up in a world after the Marvel movies started and just don’t know DC’s long history of live action shows. And I don’t think they’re trying to blanket the new shows under the DC banner – aside from Arrow and Flash, they’re all separate continuities on different networks. The average viewer isn’t going to know (or care) who owns them. And I did forget Swamp Thing and Human Target – which is funny because I watched them both! texvor Nah…Hits Entertainment, Dreamworks and Kelsy Grammar owns the rights. In Smallville it was loosely based on that character but not the exact same one. Same with the comics. It was more of a tribute. Someone did a comic doing the exact similar version of the TV show as well but he didn’t own ISIS either. DC doesn’t and never will own ISIS. They had an opportunity but never took it. Yes they may not crossover but the DC logo is more prevalent now than it use to be so its hard to miss if you stick to the credits. Of course they should do what Marvel does and do it from the beginning as well. Also its not the point if the general public will get it or care…its the point hat they are doing it in order to brand themselves to the public like they had slowly started to do with the movies. Gregory Walsh CBS? The worst possible network to air this show. Dead before it airs. This is a broadcast network developing a niche character in a niche TV genre. Superhero shows have failed to make any impact on the TV landscape. This show will be lucky to last a season on CBS. This show needs to be on the CW and I am really hoping that as development goes along they move it over so it actually has a chance to survive more then a season.