DC's Geoff Johns on why risky Supergirl series could be the next Flash

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Jun 8, 2015

As one of the minds behind DC’s renaissance as of late, Geoff Johns knows a thing or two about when there’s a hit in the making. Well, mark his words — Supergirl should turn some heads this fall.

In a chat with IGN, Johns talked about the development of the CBS superhero series and how they plan to find the balance that has made previous adaptations such as Arrow and The Flash so successful. Despite all those SNL/Black Widow jokes that cranked up around the pilot trailer, Johns noted fans were also a bit skeptical when they offered an initial peek at Grant Gustin’s small-screen version of The Flash.

That looked a bit oddball, too, and now it’s one of the best darn superhero shows on television. Johns said they see Supergirl in the same light, and they have a plan that should appeal to general viewers and comic fans alike. Johns also touched on the importance of launching a series that stars a legit female hero — and the pressure to get it right.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

"When they first saw his suit, when we cast [Flash actor] Grant [Gustin], people were like, 'That’s not the Flash!’ and now people are like, ‘Oh my god, he is the Flash!' I’m so proud of that show and -- in so many ways the Flash was my favorite character growing up -- to see it realized and to see people embracing it. And it truly is a Flash TV show, we’re not shying away from anything. We jokingly said, yeah we’re doing Gorilla Grodd and I think people were like, ‘Okay...’ Yeah, no, we’re doing Gorilla Grodd! And we’ve got a lot of great plans for Supergirl in the same vein as that.

I think the greatest thing about the Supergirl show we’re working on and the thing I’m most proud of is it embodies the character and the Superman mythology in a really strong, accessible way that I think carries at least the tone and spirit with what we’ve done with The Flash. And Melissa Benoist is an amazing Supergirl and Kara Danvers. I’m just excited for people to see it …

I'm just really excited that we have a female superhero that’s so iconic and strong. We’re so overdue for a female-centric superhero show that’s really good. We’re going to try to execute to the best of our ability and we've got great people we’re working with and I’m really excited about it. It’s really important; it’s an important show for us.”

Supergirl debuts this fall on CBS. Do you plan on checking it out?

(Via IGN)

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