The last few years have been wonderful for diversity in superheroes. Twice now The CW’s Batwoman has made history in terms of representation. We know what impact that Black Lightning had on the African-American and LGBTQ community. There are a few other examples but we don’t need to go through them all. One group that I believe has gotten the short end of the stick is the Latin community. As a Latin nerd myself, I have always wanted to see our culture represented on the big screen in a big-time Marvel or DC film. Or maybe a TV series? The closest thing that we had gotten was the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider series that didn’t make it. Yes, there have been supportive roles, but no leads. But it looks like that is all about to change.
According to Deadline, The CW is developing Wonder Girl. A drama that is based on the DC character that was created by the talented Joelle Jones. It comes from executive producer and co-showrunner of Queen of the South, Dailyn Rodriguez, and Berlanti Productions. Rodriguez will also be written by Rodriguez. Wonder Girl will be based on the character Yara Flor. She is a Latin Dreamer that was born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazillian River God. When she learns that she is Wonder Girl, she must use her newfound powers to fight evil forces that are trying to destroy the world. You know, like any other superhero?
Meet Yara Flora this January!
This is exciting news as it would be the first Latina superhero title character of a DC TV series. The series will tell the backstory and origin of Yara Flora. The reason why this character may be very strange to you is that you haven’t seen her yet. She was recently revealed as a new Wonder Woman. She will be making her comic book appearance this coming January in DC’s Future State: Wonder Woman. No doubt that this title from Jones will now become a hot ticket item as “collectors” will be looking to pick up her first appearance.
Rodriguez, daughters of Cuban immigrants, is a great fit to be writing and serving as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti. Also serving as executive producer will be Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Berlanti Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.
It is interesting that they are going to move forward on a character that has not been introduced in comics yet. Something else that I was thinking was the fact that last week they announced that Painkiller was being developed for his own series. It would seem like The CW is starting to focus on younger characters that don’t necessarily have too much that can anchor their creativity in staying in line with their comic book stories. I am very interested in seeing how this version of Wonder Girl compares to the one that we have already seen in Titans, where she is the Donna Troy version and played by Conor Leslie. Hopefully, this is the start of more Latin characters.
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