Greg Berlanti and The CW are set to expand the Arrowverse with Wonder Girl, the first Latina superhero to star in her own DCTV series. Gone are the days when execs from The CW expressed concern over the possibility of having too many superhero shows; now they seem to have accepted they are the natural home of the Arrowverse, and their slate of DCTV series is expanding at a remarkable rate.
Arrow has come to a close and Supergirl is finishing after its sixth season, but Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman and, The Flash will soon be joined by Superman & Lois and Stargirl. Meanwhile, there have been recent references to other iconic DC superheroes in the Arrowverse, leading many to speculate classic characters could soon make their Arrowverse debuts. Batwoman season 1 confirmed Wonder Woman exists on Earth-Prime, and fans have eagerly speculated whether or not Diana Prince would soon make an appearance.
According to Deadline, The CW has other ideas. Rather than develop a Wonder Woman series, The CW has signed off on Wonder Girl, starring a character named Yara Flor who was born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God. The show is being developed by Queen of the South executive producer/co-showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, and it will feature the first Latina superhero to star in her own DCTV show.
Wonder Girl will reportedly be an origin story, introducing a brand new superhero to the Arrowverse. Presumably Yara Flor’s story will still involve Diana Prince’s homeland of Themyscira in some capacity, given the nation of Amazonian warrior women has already been confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse courtesy of Legends of Tomorrow season 3. It’s reasonable to assume Wonder Girl will follow Supergirl‘s lead, adapting classic comic book stories featuring the more famous Wonder Woman for this show, although themes of diversity are likely to be important as well.
The Arrowverse is becoming increasingly experimental, willing to take liberties with the comics and make some quite surprising gambles. Batwoman will replace Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane with Javicia Leslie’s Ryan Wilder, a made-for-TV character who has just been introduced in the comics ahead of season 2. In this case, while The CW is using an actual comic book character, it is one who is yet to make her actual debut. Yara Flor will be introduced in the upcoming DC Future State, an initiative that will explore futures both near and far, and will introduce brand new iterations of classic characters. Yara Flor will be featured as the Wonder Woman of tomorrow in Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and Jen Bartel, as well as Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman by Dan Watters and Leila del Duca, and Future State: Wonder Woman by Joelle Jones.