Craig Gillespie to direct DCU's Supergirl starring Milly Alcock

James Gunn's DCU continues to grow as the Milly Alcock-led Supergirl film finds its director in a surprising choice.

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Supergirl is slated to begin production later this year after the completion of Gunn’s Superman, which is currently in the midst of production in Atlanta, Georgia. 

On April 3, Deadline revealed that Craig Gillespie (Cruella, I, Tonya) is in talks to direct the superhero film based on the 2022 comic run from writer Tom King and artist Bilquis Evely. Ana Nogueira penned the script for Supergirl.

The film's cast comprises only the lead, Milly Alcock (House Of Dragon). Given that the film is slated to begin production later this year, it's not wrong to anticipate other additional roles will be announced relatively soon, as the feeling is that DC is looking to fast-track the project.

The trade also reported that the young actress is set to appear in another project before her solo film debut in a prior report. 

For further insight and a taste of how this version and narrative will be vastly different from prior adaptions, the synopsis for King and Evely's run reads:

"Kara Zor-El has seen some epic adventures over the years, but she now finds her life without meaning or purpose. Here she is, a young woman who saw her planet destroyed and was sent to Earth to protect a baby cousin who ended up not needing her. What was it all for? Wherever she goes, people only see her through the lens of Superman’s fame. Just when Supergirl thinks she’s had enough, everything changes. An alien girl seeks her out for a vicious mission. Her world has been destroyed, and the bad guys responsible are still out there. She wants revenge, and if Supergirl doesn’t help her, she’ll do it herself, whatever the cost. Now a Kryptonian, a dog, and an angry, heartbroken child head out into space on a journey that will shake them to their very core."

Featured below are some images from the comic:

In addition, Gunn broke his initial thoughts last year about how this latest incarnation of the Girl of Steel would be compared to other variations, as well as the Man of Steel himself.

"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. Gunn added, "She then 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."

Gunn's comments reflect a morally torn Kara and a somewhat unhinged character variation compared to her cousin Kal, who is played to cinematic perfection by David Corenswet, with grace and genuine humanity. I am looking forward to the synergy and on-screen chemistry, along with the house of El being shown in its fabled cinematic glorious prestige. 

This raises the question, and one I feel many would like to know, if Alcock could appear in Superman and have her film be a prequel or side story that happens concurrently with the opening chapter of the DCU. It could illustrate that Gunn's canvas is one of spectacle and promise, hoping to deliver on all fronts. Nonetheless, I will be seated and on top of coverage as more is revealed.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is available for purchase on Amazon, and other book stores.

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