"Supergirl" takes flight


About a year or so ago it was rumoured that a new “Supergirl” movie was in the works. Not surprising, every comic book property is being bought, sold, exchanged and ultimately conveyed into celluloid right now – surely, Supergirl could only be next. I guess the only thing going against this flick is that the first film adaptation of DC’s Supergirl was an absolute stinker. Not a bad movie, just a very unsuccessful one.

Haven’t heard much about the project for a while, until today, when FilmForce ran a nice catch-up piece on it. According to them, FilmJerk are reporting that “Supergirl” is still very much a go picture for Warner Bros, with Avika Goldsman [“Batman and Robin”] attached to write.

Now this alone doesn’t fare well. Sure, Goldsman hit one out of the park with his script for “A Beautiful Mind”, but he definitely hasn’t proved to anyone that he can write a comic book movie. Look at the hackneyed efforts he made with “Batman” chapters 3 and 4.

Goldman, whose name was also linked with “Batman vs. Superman” at one stage, is also the boy writing the “Teen Titans” comic to film.

Former “Supergirl” comic scribe Peter David confirmed too, via his official site, that a film is definitely in the works. “It turns out that (unbeknownst to the DC editors I queried) Akiva Goldsman really does have a Supergirl film in development. However, the assertion that the film consists of nothing more than a crunched down abridgment of the first fifty issues of my run on the comic is apparently without foundation. According to Goldsman’s people, the treatment would not be a version of any one particular Supergirl, but instead an agglomeration of several different comic book incarnations…the aim being to produce a dark and less-than-sunny version, which doesn’t sound like either version of Supergirl as I’ve written her. Based on that info, my guess is that the alleged treatment included on the Filmjerk website was a summary of the first fifty issues prepared by someone working for Goldsman as an informational piece (which would explain the specific references to the comics) rather than something by Goldsman himself intended to serve as a film treatment.”, he says.

“Nevertheless, I was dead wrong in thinking that the entire report was without foundation, and Filmjerk scooped everybody, including me. Although I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering damned near every DC character with any name recognition is in development these days. But because of that, it means very little that Goldsman is attached to it at this point. I mean, heck, who’d’ve thought that a Kevin Smith-generated Superman script based on Superman vs. Doomsday–the most high-profile, media-reported comic book confrontation in a decade–would have burned alive in development hell? So those of you worrying that a Supergirl film would be a camp repeat of "Batman Forever," keep in mind the odds of any film ever being made are very slim.”

Ok, let’s start thinking of a good “Supergirl” – no, not Halle Berry.