The next stage of the DC Cinematic Universe continues to be built as Warner Bros. has signed on Oren Uziel to write a script for a Supergirl movie, a person with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.
Supergirl, a.k.a. Kara Danvers, has already become a big name in DC’s ongoing TV Arrowverse, with Melissa Benoist playing the Kryptonian heroine for four seasons on the hit CW show bearing her name.
The Supergirl that will be on the big screen will be played by a different actress, but the film’s tone is believed to be closer to the CW show than to most of the recent DC films, as former New Line exec and DC boss Walter Hamada moves the franchise away from the dark, cynical tone of past movies.
Hamada was put in charge of the DCU after Warner Bros. cleaned house in the wake of the disappointing box office results for “Justice League.” Despite featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, the huge crossover only made $657.9 million at the box office, well below the $821 million made by Wonder Woman’s solo film earlier in 2017.
As with “Wonder Woman,” which was directed by Patty Jenkins, the Supergirl film is expected to sport a female director, though the project is still a long ways away from even getting ready for production.
The project will be Oren Uziel’s third major franchise blockbuster on his development list, having co-written the script for Paramount’s in-production “Sonic the Hedgehog” franchise as well as WB’s upcoming adaptation of “Mortal Kombat.”
The DC Cinematic Universe will continue with James Wan’s “Aquaman” this holiday season, followed by the light-hearted “Shazam” starring Zachary Levi next year. The DC slate for 2019 also contains Todd Phillips “Joker” for October and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 1984” for November.
Other films in development for DC include Matt Reeves’ upcoming “Batman” installment, and Ezra Miller starring in “The Flash,” which will begin production in February.
Uziel is repped by WME.