The CW will be the home of one of DC Comics’ newest and youngest stars, Naomi McDuffie.
Ava DuVernay is one of our greatest creators. She’s given the world 13th, Selma, and When They See Us. These are all projects that show the brutal and harsh truth behind what it’s like to be a black person in America. Earlier this year, we found out that the CW (which houses a plethora of DC Comics shows) hired Ava DuVernay to create a show based on the DC Comics’ series Naomi.
After a few months of not knowing what was going on with the project, some good news was released. The CW officially picked up the show. And, it appears that Naomi and Kaci Walfall will be starring as the lead character, Naomi McDuffie.
The origin story of a new hero. NAOMI is now officially a series at @TheCW! Many hands/hearts went into bringing this saga to the screen. Thanks to my creative ace Jill Blankenship, the teams at @ARRAYNow + @warnerbrostv, and the extraordinary @kaciwalfall, our Naomi. You shine! pic.twitter.com/gUfh8S5u5k
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 24, 2021
Who is Naomi?
Naomi McDuffie is a character created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell. Her six-part series (titled Naomi) debuted in 2019. We haven’t seen much of her since. Despite not being around, she’s currently in a series with the Justice League. Two years in and she’s already playing with the varsity team. This shows that DC Comics has faith in her. Comic books need some new blood. Marvel has Miles Morales and Kamala Khan leading the way. DC Comics’ Naomi could be their biggest and brightest star.
The Naomi announcement
Comicbook.com released this news on Monday, May 24. released this news on Monday, May 24. Coincidentally, this news comes the same day as Black Lightning’s series finale. The only other predominantly black comic book show on television. This writer isn’t saying that this was planned, but it does seem like more than a coincidence.
Sometimes it feels like there can’t be too many black stars on one tv station. There’s Batwoman and now Naomi. Granted, Black Lightning’s ratings were abysmal, but all of the CW’s DC Comics’ ratings are down. That’s on top of the news that Painkiller would not be getting a spin-off.
Here’s the good news
Giving Naomi a show instead of a movie is a smart move. It’s not a situation like Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. Miles Morales had years to become popular among comic book fans. It took even longer for him to develop a buzz from people who don’t read comics. Giving Naomi a show gives the creative team time to properly tell her story. They can explore each character and story in ways you can’t in a movie. The CW programs can go for thirteen episodes or more at forty-plus minutes apiece. That’s over seven hours or more of content as opposed to the typical two hours tops.
Naomi will be a welcomed addition to the comic book program family. Ava DuVernay is an amazing creator. The character is in good hands. Because she’s new, it could be easier to create her lore. This won’t be a situation like Game of Thrones. As the character grows on one platform, she will on the other. We’ve seen that DC Comics does a fantastic job with their TV shows. There’s no reason to doubt them now. This writer truly believes that Naomi is something special. One day, she will be a household name thanks to Ava DuVernay and Kaci Walfall.
What do you think? Are you excited for Naomi to get a show on the CW? Is it too soon? Let us know in the comments below.