Just when you thought, after basically “winning” SDCC (in Hall H anyway), that WB might calm down and focus their efforts a bit – which seemed to be the case with the well-received promo triumvirate of Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman…it looks like the studio is still throwing a few things at the wall and seeing what will stick. Some of it makes a lot of sense, like capitalizing on the popularity of Harley Quinn with a Birds of Prey movie, others far less so (Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix).
This latest news falls more towards the former, I think. Given that the CW has proven a solid testing ground for how well the The Flash has been received by general audiences, and the big screen iteration of that is still percolating in the background, it shouldn’t surprise you too much to learn that the braintrust behind the scenes are now toying with the idea of doing the same for Supergirl.
According to Deadline, Oren Uziel, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and the film that eventually became The Cloverfield Paradox, has been commissioned script-writing duties for a new big screen adventure for Kara Danvers. The last time she debuted in front of the theater-going public was in 1984’s Supergirl.
One line of thought being floated about is that this may give way to a new template for Superman movies, which the studio is currently furiously searching for. To be honest, their hesitance in announcing a new Superman film has surprised me to some degree, but perhaps the stink of the “Super-mustache” has been difficult to wash off.
Admittedly, there’s not even a producer involved at this point, so I wouldn’t get too excited about it just yet. But it’s interesting food for thought, especially if the studio thinks it’s time to give Superman a bit of a rest for a while, and let Supergirl tell similar stories but from her unique perspective.
Still, as with much of WB/DC Films development news, you have to take a lot of it with a grain of salt until the cameras start rolling. Here’s what we can guarantee: Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 1984 are all coming out over the next 16 months. Joker starts filming next month for an October 2019 release, with Birds of Prey to follow with production beginning in January and The Flash set to begin shooting next February. And of course, Matt Reeves is still working on that script for his Batman film.