James Gunn Eyes Female Director For Supergirl Film After Hiring ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Actress Ana Nogueira as Screenwriter

The film is part of the new and improved DCU by James Gunn and Peter Saffran.

james gunn eyes female director for supergirl film after hiring ‘the vampire diaries’ actress ana nogueira as screenwriter


  • James Gunn recently hired screenwriter and actress Ana Nogueira to pen the screenplay of Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
  • Nogueira had already developed a Supergirl film before Gunn’s reboot of the DCU franchise.
  • Gunn is also rumored to be eyeing a female director to helm the Supergirl film.
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DC chiefs James Gunn and Peter Saffran’s DCU seem to going in full swing as the the duo recently hired The Vampire Diaries actress and playwright Ana Nogueira to write the script for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. The film would explore the character and would be based on the namesake comic book run created by Tom King and Bilquis Evely.


Gunn announced his slate of DC films starting with his own Superman: Legacy earlier this year. The franchise is set to be a soft reboot for the DC universe, with storylines of the Snyder-verse slowly being done away with. After hiring Nogueria, Gunn also reportedly expressed wanting to hire a female director to handle Supergirl.

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James Gunn’s New And Improved DCU

James Gunn on the sets of The Suicide Squad
James Gunn on the sets of The Suicide Squad

Before James Gunn and Peter Saffran were hired to be the new heads of DC Studios, the DC film franchise was a bit directionless. The DC Extended Universe as it was called back then began with 2013’s Man of Steel, which starred Henry Cavill as Superman and was directed by Zack Snyder.

After the success of the film, Snyder returned for the sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hinted at an eventual team-up of DC’s superheroes in a Justice League film. While Snyder directed the majority of the Justice League as well, polarizing reviews for the Batman V Superman film prompted WB studio to make some creative changes.

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James Gunn on the sets of Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn on the sets of Guardians of the Galaxy

The result was a case of mismanagement and tonally conflicting films such as the Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam. While many of the films were commercially successful, fans were not satisfied with the films. There were attempts to bring back classic characters such as Henry Cavill and even Michael Keaton, but they all fell flat.

Warner Bros. finally hired James Gunn, who directed The Suicide Squad and created the show Peacemaker, to head DC Studios along with Peter Saffran. Gunn announced a new batch of films that would soft reboot the franchise and pave the way for new stories. He announced his slate of films and TV shows under ‘Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters’.

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Ana Nogueira Joins The DCU As The Screenwriter Of Supergirl

Ana Nogueira
Ana Nogueira

Among the films announced by James Gunn’s DCU is the film Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. Recently, it was announced that noted actress and playwright Ana Nogueira had joined the film as a screenwriter. She had initially been roped in by DC Studios to work on a solo Supergirl film as a potential spin-off for The Flash

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the project never materialized. Hence, Nogueira was re-hired to rework her script to suit the needs of James Gunn’s new universe. While there have been no other updates regarding the project, Gunn was rumored to have been eying to hire a female director to handle the film.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is said to be based on the popular comic book series of the same name that ran from 2021 to 2022. The series was created by Tom King and Bilquis Evely and followed the adventures of Kara Zor-El along with Krypto the Superdog in space. The series was widely appreciated upon its release.


Talking about the film and Supergirl’s character, Gunn mentioned,

“Superman is a guy sent to Earth and raised by loving parents, where Supergirl in this story, she is a character raised on a chunk of Krypton. She watched everybody around her perish in some terrible way, so she’s a much more jaded character.”

Gunn has also reportedly hired Ana Nogueira to develop more projects for the DCU and has offered a full-time writing deal.

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.