New details are learned about James Gunn and Milly Alcock’s Supergirl in the new DCU thanks to a report about the casting process.
Milly Alcock landed the role as the cousin to David Corenswet’s Superman, beating out Meg Donnelly, as the two auditioned for Gunn recently in Atlanta, Georgia, where Gunn has been prepping his big Superman: Legacy movie.
It has also been reported that Milly Alcock will star as Supergirl in a DC project prior to her solo movie, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
It’s still unclear if Supergirl will be appearing in Superman: Legacy, as while it is rumored she will, Gunn recently responded to a fan on Threads, “I never even said she was in the movie.”
What are the Supergirl details?
Thanks to Variety, and lining up with what Gunn has said (see below), it’s learned the Milly Alcock Supergirl will be edgier than previous versions, as the site says Gunn wants to movie away from the Melissa Benoist Supergirl on The CW.
Ultimately, Gunn was looking to move away from previous depictions of the Girl of Steel, particularly the long-running CBS/CW series fronted by Melissa Benoist, and is aiming for a less earnest and more edgy version of the iconic superheroine.
Winds up on a murderous quest for revenge
Variety also provides a synopsis of sorts for Supergirl in the DCU that sounds similar to the Tom King comic book of the same name.
In the new iteration, Supergirl travels across the galaxy to celebrate her 21st birthday with Krypto the Superdog. Along the way, she meets a young woman named Ruthye and winds up on a murderous quest for revenge.
Gunn taking heat
On social media, James Gunn has also been taking heat from fans regarding his comments that he thought of Milly Alcock as Supergirl first, when it’s known Gunn had a meeting with Sasha Calle as Supergirl from The Flash.
So fans think Sasha Calle never had a chance to continue as Supergirl, but from what I have been told, the original ending of The Flash was going to feature Sasha Calle as Supergirl side by side Henry Cavill as Superman with Michael Keaton as Batman, and Ben Affleck would have returned as Batman ushering in a Batman Multiverse (same crew told be about Daredevil: Born Again getting retooled).
It’s my understanding that David Zaslav killed the DCEU stuff and demanded that Gunn recast with cheaper talent and reboot the DCU.
Gunn himself weighed in on the matter on Threads on Tuesday, saying, “Milly was the FIRST person I brought up to Peter for this role, well over a year ago, when I had only read the comics. I was watching ‘House of the Dragon’ and thought she might have the edge, grace and authenticity we needed.”
Watched everyone around her die
When the DCU was first announced in January 2023, Gunn also described his Supergirl as follows which fits with Variety’s description above.
“In our series we see the difference between Superman who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents from the time he was an infant, versus Supergirl who was raised on a rock, a chip off Krypton, and watched everyone around her die and be killed in terrible ways for the first 14 years of her life, and then came to Earth when she was a young girl,” said Gunn during last year’s DCU press announcement. “She’s much more hardcore; she’s not exactly the Supergirl we’re used to seeing.”
Beautiful, star-spanning tale
Gunn also said the following when announcing the writer on Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
“A hearty public welcome to Ana Nogueira to the DC Studios family. Ana is an amazing writer whose screenplay adaptation of Woman of Tomorrow is above and beyond anything I hoped it would be. We’re excited to be moving forward on this unique take on Supergirl in this beautiful, star-spanning tale,” Gunn posted on social media at the time.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is also officially described as a “science fiction adventure, which will be based on Tom King’s amazing, award-winning recent comics stories, presents a Supergirl viewers are not used to seeing.” The flick doesn’t have a director or release date as of yet.