The CW & Ava DuVernay teaming for potential DC Comics series
As the Oscar nominee is currently at work developing a New Gods film for the comic book publisher’s Extended Universe at Warner Bros., Ava DuVernay is expanding her DC Comics work as she is teaming up with The CW to develop a potential series on the Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker comic Naomi, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The pilot for the series, which is being penned and executive produced by the Selma director and Arrow alum Jill Blankenship, centers on the titular character in her teenage years as she journeys from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse, but when a supernatural event rattles her hometown, she must set out to uncover its origins, discovering something that will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.
The potential series will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and DuVernay’s Array Filmworks, which currently has a rich overall deal, and is expected as the first step in a planned expansion of the network’s DC Comics-verse as they move past the long-running to Arrowverse, especially as its titular series recently came to an end. It would also mark the first DC drama to not have Greg Berlanti attached as producer or creator, with the prolific producer currently also wrapping up Black Lightning, though a spin-off is in development and Supergirl, whose spin-off Superman & Lois will premiere in February.
DuVernay was tapped in 2018 to develop and direct a film adaptation of DC Comics’ New Gods, which she is co-writing with acclaimed comic book writer Tom King, and recently landed a limited series order from HBO Max for the adaptation of DC’s DMZ, which she is producing and directing the pilot and Roberto Patino (Sons of Anarchy) penning all four episodes.
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