Creator / executive producer Ava DuVernay explains why she wanted to develop The CW’s Naomi and is proud of the series’ story and message.
Creator / executive producer Ava DuVernay explains why she wanted to develop The CW’s Naomi and be proud of the series’ story and message. Based on Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker’s DC Comics of the same name, shows the center about the titular cartoon-loving teenager living in the city of Port Oswego, where a supernatural event has shaken the city to its core. Naomi sets out to uncover the origins of the event with the help of her best friend and adoptive parents, which ultimately leads to her learning the multiverse and slowly developing her own superhero powers.
Kaci Walfall leads the cast Naomi in the title role alongside Mary-Charles Jones, Cranston Johnson, Alexander Wraith, Daniel Puig, Aidan Gemme, Will Meyers, Camila Moreno, Mouzam Makkar and Barry Watson. Development on Naomi was first announced in late 2020 when DuVernay teamed up with The CW to bring the character to life in his own series with Arrow alum Jill Blankenship, who serves as showrunner on the title. After landing a pilot order in February 2021, CW would choose Naomi for an entire serial order two months later, where DuVernay developed and produced alongside Blankenship, Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes.
Prior to the show’s premiere, Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to discuss her work at The CW’s Naomi series. The Oscar nominee opened up about why she wanted to develop the DC Comics show for the network, citing her desire to see “a show about a black girl who learns that she is actually a superhero“and praises the story of the show. See what DuVernay said below:
I was asked why I’m doing a show on the CW about a black girl who learns that she’s actually a superhero.
Because I want there to be a show about a black girl who learns that she’s actually a superhero. And then be a big one.
NAOMI debuts tomorrow. So proud. Brand new trailer. pic.twitter.com/1eSSn403fh
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 10, 2022
DuVernay’s journey through the world of superheroes has been something of a bumpy one due to her work with the longtime New gods film for the DC Extended Universe. The project would eventually be shelved alongside James Gunns Aquaman horror spin-off The ditch, which DuVernay suggested originated from Warner Bros. ‘ decision on release Zack Snyders Justice League and its narrative connections to Darkseid, which was part of her film. Fortunately for the Emmy winner and fans of DuVernay, her work with The CW seems to have been a much smoother process than DCEU’s.
Audiences have been very curious in their expectations of The CW’s Naomi, namely in its vague connections to the network’s Arrowverse with trailers for the series that tease an interaction between the titular character and some Superman, a nod to the comics’ ongoing gag of Naomi, who often lacks first-hand interactions with the Krypton hero. Although DuVernay has stated Naomi season 1 will not feature any obvious Arrowverse crossovers in an attempt to better establish its titular character and her universe, she and Blankenship have also teased the possibility of a future season working in these contexts. The waiting time Naomi is over as the pilot has premiered on The CW with new episodes airing every Tuesday.
Source: Ava DuVernay/ Twitter
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