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'CW Series Based on DC Character Naomi'

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DC Comics character Naomi could soon be coming to The CW thanks to Ava DuVernay and former “Arrow” writer and executive producer Jill Blankenship.

DuVernay and Blankenship are attached to write and executive produce “Naomi.” The potential series 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.

The character originally debuted in her own standalone comic book series in 2019, which was co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker. It was illustrated by Jamal Campbell.  In the comics,

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Naomi had energy-based powers as well as an ability to transform into superpowered form that granted her incredible strength and other abilities.

DuVernay will executive produce via ARRAY Filmworks, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY producing. Warner Bros. Television, where DuVernay is under a rich overall deal, will serve as the studio.

 

https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/12/04/groundbreaking-superhero-naomi-could-be-coming-to-the-cw

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So is CW going all in with DC comic superhero shows?

With Wonder Girl, this is the second DC show led by a woman of color in development. I wonder if it's going to be one or the other, or is there a chance of both going to series?

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On 12/4/2020 at 4:47 PM, Trini said:

So is CW going all in with DC comic superhero shows?

With Wonder Girl, this is the second DC show with led by a woman of color in development. I wonder if it's going to be one or the other, or is there a chance of both going to series?

The CW is trying to appeal to a younger audience. That is why they killed "Black Lightning" in favor of a younger skewing show "Painkiller". You will notice that all the new superhero shows have extremely young leads that also have a more diverse cast.

I think it is more Warner Bros. that is all in in the Superhero genre. They have a ton of stories to tell from the DC comics lineup and millions of hours to fill to make HBO Max the "go to" streaming service. Warner Bros. is currently licensing as many DC Comics characters as they can to foreign countries to make TV series and movies so that eventually they will end up on HBO Max. This allows for new programs to have diversity in culture and language. HBO Max has plans to extend it's streaming service to include many foreign countries in 2021-2022. In 2021, all the major Warner Bros. movies released in movie theaters will also be released on HBO Max, the same day, at no additional cost, for a limited month long run. This is to try to manage the COVID outbreak, but also to drive up subscriptions to their streaming service and maintain that customer base. The first major movie to get the ball rolling is "Wonder Woman 1984" airing December 25th. I wish Warner Bros. hadn't sold their Crunchyroll streaming service to Sony, because I think offering the full Crunchyroll catalog on HBO Max would have done more to increase subscriptions than anything else. The young'uns love them some Anime and a legitimate way to watch a gigantic catalog that is easily accessible and easy to convince your parents to subscribe to would have driven HBO Max subscriptions and viewership through the roof.

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I wonder how closely this show will be tied to the rest of the CW/DC shows? Since it's not produced by Berlanti, I think it will be connected, but not directly. With Naomi, it seems like post-Crisis merging is the perfect time to introduce this character and story; because it needs to take place in a world of superheroes.

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Naomi’ CW DC Drama Pilot Taps Kaci Walfall For Title Role, Adds Three Series Regulars

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Ava DuVernay’s superhero DC drama Naomi has found its lead. Kaci Walfall (Army Wives, Power, The Lion King on Broadway) has been tapped for the titular role in The CW drama pilot, from DuVernay’s Array Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television. Also set as series regulars are Alexander Wraith (Orange Is the New Black, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Cranston Johnson (Filthy Rich, P-Valley, Hap and Leonard) and newcomer Camila Moreno.

 

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'‘Naomi’ CW DC Drama Pilot Adds Barry Watson, Mouzam Makkar, 4 More To Cast'

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[Barry] Watson portrays Greg, Naomi’s (Walfall) adoptive father, a veteran military officer who is serious about his responsibilities at the town’s military base. He is happily married to Jennifer (Makkar) and sees Naomi as the perfect daughter.

[Mouzam] Makkar’s Jennifer is Naomi’s adoptive mother, who dotes on her bright and gifted daughter. She is happily married to Greg and teaches linguistics at the town military base. ...

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[Mary-Charles] Jones is Annabelle, Naomi’s fiercely loyal classmate and best friend who is unafraid of telling Naomi hard truths. Though she thinks Naomi is overly obsessive about a recent mysterious event, she supports her in her quest for answers.

[Aidan] Gemme plays Jacob. Sweet, shy, and a bit nerdy, Jacob has been dating Annabelle since the fifth grade, and he treats her like a queen.

[Daniel] Puig is Nathan, a high school jock who briefly dated Naomi before she ended the relationship. Though the two remain friends, they still share an undeniable chemistry, and Naomi’s interest in another teen sparks Nathan’s jealousy.

[Will] Meyers plays Anthony. This handsome teen is a proud “townie” who has a crush on Naomi and will do anything to help her on her journey.

 

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I was curious as to what was being filmed in the square across from my condo the past couple days, so i did some googling and found out it was filming for this show. Never heard of Naomi and don't much follow the superhero-universe, but I'll probably tune in just to see my 'hood on TV, haha.

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From Deadline's commentary:

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The CW already gave a straight-to-series order to one of its scripts from this season, The 4400, a reboot of the 2004 USA Network series. That leaves three traditional pilots in contention for a series order, all from A-list auspices, Diablo Cody and Berlanti Prods.’ Powerpuff; Ava DuVernay’s DC-themed Naomi; and millennial nun dramedy Our Ladies Of Brooklyn from Jennie Snyder Urman.

All three pilots have been cast and are in various stages of production but none has been delivered yet. With its big pop culture profile, Powerpuff has a leg up, as evidenced by the big social media reaction to all cast announcements and first-look images. Both Powerpuff and Naomi have leads that are creating buzz internally (and beyond) and both have strong underlying IP while the concept for Our Ladies is out there, but so was the premise of Urman’s hit for the network, Jane the Virgin. And while Powerpuff does have a slight edge based on its beloved IP pedigree and recognizable cast, all three pilots are solid contenders and could potentially get picked up. It will come down to execution.

 

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DC writeup of the series' pickup: https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2021/05/24/its-official-naomi-tv-series-is-coming-to-the-cw

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While The CW is home to a number of successful TV shows based on DC superheroes, Naomi promises to stand out for several reasons. Unlike series like The Flash, Batwoman and Superman & Lois, Naomi doesn’t have a deep well of comic book storylines to draw from. First introduced in Bendis, Campbell and Jamal’s six-issue miniseries, Naomi McDuffie has since made guest appearances in other Bendis-written titles like Action Comics and Young Justice and is currently a member of the Justice League, but her own story is still largely yet to be explored, giving the newly greenlit CW series a pretty open canvas when it comes to what we should expect. Naomi is also a teenager, setting her apart from the heroes of the Arrowverse who are all adults. (Though several of the series feature teen heroes in supporting roles.) Finally, Naomi, as perhaps indicated by the series title, also currently lacks a superhero name. Whether she’ll eventually be given one on the show or in the comics first—or if she’ll be given one at all—remains to be seen.

 

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A few short clips of the Naomi pilot in CW's 2021-2022 season sizzle reel:

 

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Latest synopsis from CW's Fall schedule press release:

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From Oscar(R) nominee/Emmy(R) 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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Picture of the cast on set:

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Naomi McDuffie (Kaci Walfall),  Lourdes (Camila Moreno), Nathan (Daniel Puig), and Anthony (Will Myers).

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