Watch out Flash and Stargirl, there’s a new hero in town and she’s got some major talent behind her!
On the official DC website, the very first look at the upcoming show Naomi was shared with the world. This first look included a brand-new photo of Kaci Walfall in the titular role.
The new photo mirrors that of one of the key comic covers for the character.
Back at the end of 2020, it was announced that writer/producers Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship were going to bring the hero Naomi to life. The show would not only be the first adaption for the character, but it would also bring her into the fold when it comes to the bigger Arrow-verse elements. Despite many of the elder CW DC shows going away (Supergirl, Black Lightning, and most likely Batwoman) the addition of fan favorites like Superman and Lois, Stargirl, and Naomi the future of the Arrowverse looks brighter than ever.
But who is Naomi? Naomi McDuffie is a teenage superhero from an alternate Earth that uses energy-based powers mononymously as Naomi. She discovered that she was sent to this Earth to be preserved from Zumbado, the destructive conqueror of her birth Earth.
Naomi’s universe was very similar to the Prime Universe, but with a few distinguishing details. After years of human environmental abuse, the Earth’s ozone layer collapsed. In the wake of the ozone layer’s destruction, undiscovered radiation leaked onto the Earth’s surface which had previously been kept at bay.
The radiation didn’t harm anyone on planet Earth, but twenty-nine random people across the planet were given access to godlike powers. Naturally some of the twenty-nine sought to rule the world with these newfound powers, while others sought to stop them. After one month of civil war between these two factions, fourteen of the twenty-nine were dead; in addition seven more of the twenty-nine left the planet in disgust, leaving only eight remaining. Eventually these eight were able to call a truce before the Earth was entirely destroyed.
None of the twenty-nine had been able to procreate, until Naomi’s mother miraculously gave birth to her. Zumbado, the most vile of the twenty-nine, sought to end Naomi’s life to prove his superiority among the twenty-nine. However, Naomi’s parents, with the help of a woman called Akira, made preparations for Naomi’s escape.
Eventually, her parents’ allies brought Naomi to the Prime Universe, where she was discovered and adopted by Greg McDuffie and his wife Jen McDuffie in the small town of Port Oswego. Naomi grew up not knowing anything about her childhood, instead believing that she was an ordinary girl.
Naomi can transform into a super-powered form by using her unique power, while in this super form she wears a kind of golden armor and gains some superhuman abilities such as energy projection; energy blast; flight; and super strength.
Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis, Naomi has taken center stage in the DCU as of late, even becoming a member of the new Justice League.
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