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Ava DuVernay & Arrow EP Developing Naomi DC Comics Adaptation For The CW

The CW is adapting the Naomi comic book series from DC Comics for a potential TV series from Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship.

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Because Wonder Girl and Painkiller weren’t enough to add to the half dozen or so DC Comics series that will still be a part of The CW lineup next year, now comes news that esteemed writer-director-producer Ava DuVernay is developing Naomi based on the comic book series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell. Naomi was a part of the Wonder Comics initiative spearheaded by Bendis in recent years.

The CW TV adaptation is being written and executive produced by DuVernay (Queen Sugar) and Jill Blankenship (Arrow) follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event rattles her hometown, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins. What she discovers will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.

THR notes that unlike the “Arrowverse” series, this show is not executive produced by Greg Berlanti, so it is unsure if or how this potential series will connect to the others.

The next TV season has a huge roster of DC series at the start of the season and at later “midseason,” including The Flash, Superman & Lois, Batwoman with a new series lead in Javicia Leslie, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl, and Supergirl. Of those series, both Black Lightning and Supergirl have been confirmed to be ending with their upcoming seasons.

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Naomi Clips Featured In New CW Sizzle Reel

Some shots from the Naomi pilot are in The CW’s new sizzle reel.

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The CW released a new sizzle reel which includes many of their new shows including a few shots of Kaci Walfall as Naomi from the upcoming Naomi TV series!

You can see the new CW sizzle reel below. Be sure to follow @NaomiDCTV on Twitter to keep up with all show updates!

 

From Oscar® nominee/Emmy® winner Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”), and starring Kaci Walfall (“Army Wives,” “Power,” “The Lion King” on Broadway) in the title role, the DC drama NAOMI follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her small hometown of Port Oswego, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help from her fiercely loyal best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, “Kevin Can Wait”). She also has the support of her adoptive, doting parents, veteran military officer Greg (Barry Watson, “7th Heaven,” “The Loudest Voice”) and linguist Jennifer (Mouzam Makkar, “The Fix”). After an encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson, “Filthy Rich”), the mysterious owner of a used car lot, leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo shop owner Dee (Alexander Wraith, “Orange Is the New Black”), who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unraveling the mystery of herself, Naomi also navigates her high school friendships with both military kids and local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan (Daniel Puig, “The System”); Annabelle’s longtime, loyal boyfriend Jacob (Aidan Gemme, “Deliver Us From Evil”); proud “townie” Anthony (Will Meyers, “Bad Education”); and fellow comic book enthusiast Lourdes (newcomer Camila Moreno). As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC, NAOMI is written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, and executive produced by Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park,” “Queen Sugar”) directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. The series is from ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

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Naomi To Premiere At Midseason; CW Official Description Released

The CW has released an official description and details on when the Naomi TV series will premiere.

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Naomi has officially received a series order on The CW, and today, they announced that the show will premiere in “midseason” which could mean we’ll be seeing the show as early as January 2022. This latest DC Comics-based show on the network stars Kaci Walfall and is highly anticipated – we can’t wait to see it!

The CW today also released a new synopsis to describe the show, which you can find below to learn a bit more about what to expect… and we got a new promo still (seen at the top of this article!) featuring Kaci Walfall as Naomi, Camila Moreno as Lourdes, Daniel Puig as Nathan, and Will Myers as Anthony.

From Oscar® nominee/Emmy® winner Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”), and starring Kaci Walfall (“Army Wives,” “Power,” “The Lion King” on Broadway) in the title role, the DC drama NAOMI follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her small hometown of Port Oswego, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help from her fiercely loyal best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, “Kevin Can Wait”). She also has the support of her adoptive, doting parents, veteran military officer Greg (Barry Watson, “7th Heaven,” “The Loudest Voice”) and linguist Jennifer (Mouzam Makkar, “The Fix”). After an encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson, “Filthy Rich”), the mysterious owner of a used car lot, leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo shop owner Dee (Alexander Wraith, “Orange Is the New Black”), who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unraveling the mystery of herself, Naomi also navigates her high school friendships with both military kids and local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan (Daniel Puig, “The System”); Annabelle’s longtime, loyal boyfriend Jacob (Aidan Gemme, “Deliver Us From Evil”); proud “townie” Anthony (Will Meyers, “Bad Education”); and fellow comic book enthusiast Lourdes (newcomer Camila Moreno). As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC, NAOMI is written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, and executive produced by Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park,” “Queen Sugar”) directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. The series is from ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Ava DuVernay Praises Kaci Walfall & Naomi

Creator and Executive Producer Ava DuVernay shares her excitement for the Naomi TV series.

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Executive Producer and Creator Ava DuVernay has some very positive thoughts when it comes to The CW adaptation of Naomi.

In an Instagram post about the first-look photo reveal, DuVernay has referred to the project as “sheer, downright fun” and has compliments for lead actress Kaci Walfall.

“I love this show so much and have had sheer, downright fun creating it. Feel like a teenager again,” DuVernay wrote. “Kaci is a phenom. Truly excited for her and grateful to all involved in bringing Naomi to life!”

Naomi has not yet been officially picked up to series, but we surely will know if it is or not before May 25 when The CW is expected to announce their 2021-2022 schedule.

From award-winning executive producer Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (Arrow) and ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television, 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. Based on the characters from DC created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell.

In addition to DuVernay and Blankenship, Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Amanda Marsalis.

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