More than three decades after she first took flight on the big screen, Supergirl may be preparing to take a return.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. and DC Films are developing a feature film starring the Girl of Steel. Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street, Sonic the Hedgehog) is writing the script. Details are scant, and it's unknown whether Superman would play any role in the movie.
The website notes that Supergirl would reflect a change in focus for the so-called DC Extended Universe following the appointment in January of Walter Hamada as head of DC Films, replacing Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. Under his guidance, the studio is fast-tracking director Todd Phillips' The Joker, a relatively low-budget origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, as well as director Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey, in which Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, and team with a group of DC heroines. Batgirl is also in the mix, written by Christina Hodson.
Those are in addition to an upcoming superhero movie slate that includes Aquaman, the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, and Shazam!
Melissa Benoist has, of course, played Supergirl on television since 2015, first on CBS and now on The CW. The character also appeared from 2007 to 2008 on Smallville, where she was portrayed by Laura Vandervoort. Before that, she was most famously played by Helen Slater in the 1984 feature film that failed to take flight with either critics or fans.
Indirectly referenced, but not actually introduced, in 2013's Man of Steel, Supergirl is central to the popular multimedia franchise DC Super Hero Girls, as well as the Super Best Friends Forever animated shorts.