The CW could soon be adding yet another DC series to its ever-growing superhero lineup. Deadline reports the network is developing an adaptation of Naomi, based on the 2019 limited series from writers Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and artist Jamal Campbell.
Naomi is being developed by New Gods director/co-writer Ava DuVernay and former Arrow writer/co-executive producer Jill Blankenship. DuVernay and Blankenship are both writing and executive producing the new series. Naomi will be produced through DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television.
Naomi revolves around a new teen heroine named Naomi McDuffie (her surname being a tribute to the late Dwayne McDuffie). Her eponymous comic series explores her struggle to come to terms with her newfound powers and her unusual role in the DC Universe. The character has also gone on to play a recurring role in Bendis’ Young Justice comic.
The official logline for Naomi reads, “’Naomi’ follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes.”
Deadline doesn’t specify whether Naomi is meant to be part of the Arrowverse, but given Blankenship’s prior resume and the fact that the comic hinges on Naomi’s place within the larger DCU superhero community, it seems likely the series will take place in the same world as The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman and the various other DC shows on The CW.
Naomi is one of several new DC series in development at The CW. The network will be debuting Superman & Lois in February 2021, and we recently learned about a new Wonder Girl series focused on Yara Flor, a character who will soon be making her comic book debut as part of DC’s Future State crossover. Black Lightning is also reportedly getting a spinoff focused on Jordan Calloway’s Painkiller, one which seems intended to replace its parent series following its fourth and final season. Arrow was also expected to get a spinoff of its own in the form of Green Arrow and the Canaries, but there’s been little word on that project since Arrow ended its eight-season run in early 2020.
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