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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 First-Look Clip Released At DC FanDome

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The CW television series featuring DC Comics’ Naomi won’t premiere until early 2022, but today at DC FanDome, the first full clip from the series pilot was released! Coming from Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay as well as Arrow’s Jill Blankenship, the new TV series will star Kaci Walfall in the title role as Naomi, “a cool, confident comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny.”

As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes… and apparently from this clip, one of those heroes is Superman! (Seen from far away, so they probably don’t have Tyler Hoechlin in the first episode. But we shall see, right?)

Check out the clip below and spread the word about @NaomiDCTV!

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DeMane Davis Joins Naomi As Co-EP, Director

DeMane Davis has joined the Naomi TV Series production as a Co-Executive Producer and Director.

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Deadline revealed today that director-producer DeMane Davis has joined Naomi as a co-Executive Producer and Director. She will be overseeing the directors of the series as well as helming multiple episodes herself as part of an overall deal she has made with Warner Bros. In addition to her Naomi role, she will be developing new content for HBO Max and WarnerMedia’s other outlets.

DeMane Davis’ previous credits include Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder, The Red Line, Clarice and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker. She’s worked with Ava DuVernay and Array FilmWorks before and we can’t wait to see what she brings to Naomi when it premieres on The CW!

UPDATE: A clapper posted by Ava DuVernay on social media reveals DeMane Davis is currently shooting the first episode of Naomi upon the show’s return to production today! It begins!

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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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