Ava DuVernay developing DC Comics ‘Naomi’ series for the CW
'We can't wait to see these stories come to life,' wrote DC Comics on Twitter
Deadline reported that director Ava DuVernay’s latest television project is an adaptation of DC Comics’ teenage superhero story Naomi. Arrow writer and co-executive producer Jill Blankenship will also join the project as writer and executive producer.
Naomi follows the story of a young Black girl named Naomi McDuffie from a small northwestern town to the multiverse. Naomi searches to find the origin of a supernatural event while discovering her superhero abilities.
DuVernay shared the news on Twitter, thanking DC Comics for “believing in the vision.” She also noted that the new series is the third DC project coming out of her production company, Array.
The first Naomi comic, created by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrated by artist Jamal Campbell, came out in March 2019 and was called Naomi #1, according to Fandom.
Bendis reacted to the news on Twitter, saying, “I cannot find the right gif to properly express my over the top joy. I guess I’ll just have to use words and stuff! YAY!!!”
DC Comics responded, “We can’t wait to see these stories come to life.”
Many comic book fans and celebrities voiced their excitement. Kerry Washington said she was “grateful” that her children “get to grow up in a world where you and @ArrayNow exist.”
The acclaimed filmmaker continues to dominate in television. She is currently working on Queen Sugar and Cherish The Day on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
DuVernay made history in 2018 after becoming the first Black female director to oversee a $100 million budget film with the adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.
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