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Things We Saw Today: Ava DuVernay Brings DC’s Naomi to the CW

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File this one under things we’re excited about: Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) and writer Jill Blankenship (Arrow, The Last Ship) are teaming up to bring DC character Naomi to the CW. DuVernay and Blankenship are set to write and executive produce Naomi, based on the original character co-written by Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man) and David F. Walker (Bitter Root), and illustrated by Jamal Campbell (Far Sector). Naomi made her debut in 2019 in Naomi #1, with a six-issue series now collected as Naomi (Volume 1).

Naomi McDuffie is a teenage superhero born on an alternate earth who grows up in a small town in Oregon. Her life changes when she discovers she has energy-based powers, which include energy-enhanced strikes and blasts. She is also super strong and has the power of flight. The television series will follow Naomi’s journey from small town teen into the DC multiverse, as she tries to uncover the source of her power and find others like her.

Naomi is one of the newer entries to the Arrowverse, coming in just after Black Lightning announced that their upcoming fourth season will be their last. The CW said goodbye to flagship series Arrow in January, and Supergirl announced their upcoming sixth season will be their last.

Naomi will join fellow new Arrowverse series like Wonder Girl, Black Lightning spinoff PainKiller, and the upcoming Superman & Lois. And don’t forget Javicia Leslie’s debut as Ryan Wilder aka the new Batwoman.

While we’re still a long way from these projects being ordered to series, Naomi is the latest CW show to center on a woman of color, bringing some long overdue diversity into the Arrowverse.

(via Variety, image: DC Comics)

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