A Supergirl feature film is currently in the works for Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. Though it’s in its initial phase and no director or producer has been announced, Oren Uziel has been hired to write the script. Uziel has written the scripts for 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox as well as upcoming releases Mortal Kombat and Sonic The Hedgehog.
The first live-action depiction of Supergirl was in 1984. The film was a spinoff from the Superman film series starring Christopher Reeves and bombed at the box office, only making $14.3 million in North America.
Recently, the most popular depiction of Supergirl has been the CW series which stars Melissa Benoist. The show debuted in 2015 and is currently about to head into its fourth season.
It’s no surprise that a majority of DC’s film productions have fallen short, but this might be the perfect time for DC to look towards another path. With the recent shortcomings of Justice League, DC needs to find a way to level the playing field against Marvel. DC gets criticized for its constant attempts to make their worlds dark and gritty, and Supergirl could be another chance for them to break away from that tendency and create something vibrant, cheerful, and bright. With a writer like Uziel who’s had experience and success with a comedic movie like 22 Jump Street, DC is already headed in the right direction.
Coming off of the major success of Wonder Woman and the excitement for its sequel, Supergirl could be another big success for the comic studio especially because they’ll be doing something that Marvel has yet to do: make female lead superhero films. There have always been rumors around Marvel making solo films for female characters like Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, but the only one that they’ve made any progress on is the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. There are plenty of female superhero’s like The Wasp, Gamora, and Valkyrie who all have interesting backstories but tend to have their roles play background to whoever the leading male is.
The success of Wonder Woman has shown that there’s a large audience desire for female lead super hero movies, and perhaps Supergirl will be another reminder of that.