Craig Gillespie Reportedly in Talks to Direct DC’s ‘Supergirl’

Craig Gillespie Reportedly in Talks to Direct DC’s ‘Supergirl’

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Australian filmmaker Craig Gillespie is reportedly talking with DC Studios at Warner Bros to direct the live-action feature Supergirl, starring Milly Alcock in the title role. Gillespie’s recent films include Cruella and I, Tonya, and he also directed the Pam and Tommy television series for Hulu.

As first reported in Deadline, DC hopes to shoot Supergirl once the studio has completed work on James Gunn’s Superman. That movie is now shooting in Georgia for a planned theatrical release on July 11, 2025.

Supergirl was inspired by a 2022 comic book series by Tom King called Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, illustrated by Bilquis Everly. The story is being adapted for film by screenwriter Ana Nogueira.

The upcoming film is being produced by Gunn in collaboration with Peter Safran, another DC honcho. Chantal Nong, DC’s executive vice president, will reportedly act as executive producer.

Gunn was quoted last year as saying that the Supergirl movie would reveal “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. She’s much more hardcore; she’s not exactly the Supergirl we’re used to seeing.”

In talking about the choice of Alcock for the title role, Gunn commented on social media that “Milly was the FIRST person I brought up to Peter [Safran] 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.”

Gunn had earlier noted that the Supergirl character would be “much more hardcore” than before, adding that “she’s not exactly the Supergirl we’re used to seeing.” In the upcoming film, Supergirl launches a quest for revenge after she travels across the galaxy to celebrate her 21st birthday with Krypto the Superdog, making the acquaintance of a young woman named Ruthye in the process.

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