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The CW sends live-action Powerpuff Girls and DC’s Naomi to pilot but passes on Wonder Girl

February 13th, 2021 by Marc Comments

It looks like The CW has added to it’s DC roster and also turned down a new potential candidate as well as added some more fun shows to its overall line-up too.

A few months back we reported that, while Ava DuVernay’s New Gods project at DC was in a holding pattern currently, she would be developing a new DC series at The CW  based on Brian Michael Bendis, David F Walker and Jamal Campbell’s Naomi “a teenage girl from the midwest who discovers a stunning secret about superheroes and herself. However, Naomi’s greatest powers lie within”.

Well, it’s official now that Naomi has had a pilot ordered along with pilots for the live-action Powerpuff Girls (!) and a reboot of The 4400.

In these new series, The Powerpuff Girl will be “disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crimefighting” but, never worry, for they will have to form the old gang to save the world again. The series will be co-written by Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier.

The 4400 will revisit the 2004 series that saw 4400 people mysteriously vanish throughout time and the return just as mysteriously in the modern day with some developing superpower – out of the three shows, this is the only one to go straight to series.

However, it’s not all good news as the planned Wondergirl (here) will not be moving ahead.

The series was planned to focus on the character of Yara Flora, left, “a Latina Dreamer who was born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God, learns that she is Wonder Girl. With her newfound power must fight the evil forces that would seek to destroy the world”.

The CW is still betting strong on The Arrowverse, with Superman and Lois debuting in a few weeks, but after losing Supernatural, Supergirl and soon Blakc Lightning, the whole line-up needs to be revised and this is where it begins.

“So, some sad news,” Wonder Girl would be producer Dailyn Rodriguez said on social media, “For all of those asking, Wonder Girl is not getting picked up at the CW. I was very proud of the script I wrote. Wish I could’ve shared the world I created, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm. It meant a lot to me.”

Flora was a character that had not appeared in the comics when the show was announced, so it’s possible this put the show on a precarious footing right away.

It would certainly have been fun to see if the show joined the prime Arrowverse universe (get up-to-date here), after all, we know Superman and Batman exist in that world and we also know Themyscira does too, so Wonder Girl would have opened a door to Wonder Woman at some stage, perhaps. But, alas, it was not to be.

It joins the planned Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff which was canceled earlier this year (here).

We also know that Black Lightning spinoff series Painkiller – which will get a backdoor pilot in the upcoming season 4 of Black Lightning – is still up in the air at this point.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….