“The buzzed-about DC Comics adaptation starring Melissa Benoist as Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El has has been ordered to series for a fall premiere, and it’s first trailer has been viewed nearly 12 million times on YouTube since its May 13 release.
But Supergirl isn’t the first splashy attempt to bring a red-and-blue clad hero to network TV. In 2011, NBC attempted to get DC Comics legend Wonder Woman off the ground, with a pilot hailing from Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley that reimagined the heroine (played by Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki) as a vigilante and high-powered CEO living in Los Angeles. Despite its built-in brand recognition, NBC ultimately passed on its Wonder Woman, which like Supergirl, hailed from Warner Bros. Television.
To be sure, the TV landscape has changed a lot since Wonder Woman. In the years since, WBTV has found its superhero groove with The CW’s Arrow, The Flash and its upcoming crossover, Legends of Tomorrow. All three series — like Supergirl — hail from studio-based executive producer Greg Berlanti, with The Flash this past season topping Arrow to become The CW’s most-watched series ever. Elsewhere, DC Comics successfully launched a Batman prequel with Fox’s Gotham already renewed for a second season helmed by The Mentalist’s Bruno Heller.
Beyond WBTV’s DC Comics hits, ABC also found critical success with Agent Carter, Marvel’s first female-driven TV series helping to set the stage for Supergirl.
After screening both Supergirl and Wonder Woman pilots, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what both shows have in common — and perhaps more importantly — how Supergirl might soar above the Amazonian princess…”