Batwoman and Supergirl may soon be welcoming another superheroine to their ranks. According to Deadline, The CW is developing “Wonder Girl,” a drama about Yara Flor, a Latina Dreamer and caped crusader. “Queen of the South” co-showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez is writing and executive producing the project.
Per the source, should “Wonder Girl” move forward — which seems a safe bet considering how much success The CW has found with its superhero shows — Yara would be “the first Latina superhero title character of a DC TV series.”
The project is based on DC characters created by Joëlle Jones. Yara “was born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God [and] learns that she is Wonder Girl. With her newfound power she must fight the evil forces that would seek to destroy the world.” She was recently named as the new Wonder Woman, and will appear in the forthcoming “Future State: Wonder Woman” comic book, written and drawn by Jones.
Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden are exec producing “Wonder Girl.” The project “will be looking to join Berlanti Prods’ existing DC Universe [at The CW], which includes ‘Batwoman,’ ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ the upcoming ‘Superman and Lois,’ ‘Supergirl’ — which will be wrapping its run with the upcoming sixth season — and ‘Black Lightning.’”
This summer it was announced that Javicia Leslie would replace Ruby Rose as the lead of “Batwoman.” She is making history as the first Black actress to play Batwoman in a live-action television or film production.
“‘Batwoman’ and ‘Black Lightning,’ respectively, introduced the first gay lead character — male or female — and the first Black lead of a live-action DC superhero series,” Deadline notes.
Other super-powered, female-driven projects in the works at The CW include a “Powerpuff Girls” reboot from Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier. The show will catch up with Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup as cynical 20-somethings.
“Ugly Betty,” “In Plain Sight,” and “The Glades” are among Rodriguez’s credits. She joined “Queen of the South” in Season 2 and became co-showrunner at the beginning of Season 4. During Rodriguez’s tenure, the crime drama became USA’s most-watched and highest-rated original scripted series. Its fifth season recently resumed production in New Orleans, with a premiere date TBD.
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