More details are starting to emerge surrounding Freeform’s live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero team the New Warriors (featuring Squirrel Girl).
According to Karey Burke, the network’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, a “Squirrel Girl” solo series pitch was worked up long before the network partnered with Marvel Television for another superhero show, “Cloak and Dagger.”
“We were already in business with Marvel on ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ which was our first foray with them,” Burke revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. “We had chased Squirrel Girl before ‘Cloak and Dagger’ and Marvel had said they would let us know when they were ready to do something with it. Our head of development wore her Squirrel Girl hat in the pitch, which may have put us over the top. We’ve been longtime fans.”
So while the “New Warriors” may not have been a Squirrel Girl show that added more characters, SG’s involvement and prominent place on the team did stem directly from Freeform’s previous interest in the character. “New Warriors” will mark the first major team-up between Squirrel Girl and the team. The Warriors — which includes such heroes as Night Thrasher, Speedball, Firestar, Namorita, Nova and Marvel Boy/Justice — debuted in late 1989’s “Thor” #411 before quickly landing their own ongoing series. Hailed as “heroes for the ’90s,” the original “New Warriors” series lasted 75 issues. The team has returned a number of times over the years, including for a more comedic take which positioned the team as reality TV stars in 2005.
Squirrel Girl similarly debuted in the early ’90s, in “Marvel Super-Heroes” #8. Created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko, Squirrel Girl most recently landed her own popular ongoing series — “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” — which dialed up the hero’s optimism and comedic tone as she entered college and continued to earn the heroic adjective “unbeatable” in fights with major Marvel villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus.