The CW brought to life ‘Naomi,’ a TV adaption of the comic book co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with artwork by Jamal Campbell. ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay serves as showrunner and a co-executive producer.
‘Army Wives’ actress Kaci Walfall portrays the main character Naomi McDuffie, a comic book fan who discovers there may be more to her.
Walfall spoke with DC Universe about portraying the character and what it is like working on the show.
“It’s so great to step into this role and to tell this story,” she said. “It’s just been a privilege to play this character. Stepping into this world allows representation in so many ways. It allows representation for people who look like Naomi, but it also allows for representation for so many people. She’s super into comics, she skateboards, she is super-confident, she knows all these languages, she’s in all these AP classes. I think there are so many different, great things that Naomi does that people can relate to. But they can also probably relate to how great of a moral compass she has.”
“Of course, I got my hands on the comics,” Walfall continued. “I feel like it would sort of be an injustice not to. David Walker, Brian Michael Bendis and Jamal Campbell, who illustrated the book—it’s such a great story. I carry the Naomi comic in my bag all the time when I’m at work. I think that it’s such a good reference point. It makes me feel so centered to the character.”
When asked if there is a connection with the Arrowverse, Walfall explained that ‘Naomi’ exists on her own.
“It is a different universe,” she explained. “She can’t necessarily call on the Flash, she can’t necessarily call on Supergirl. But then, I also think that it allows for her to grow more, and it allows for her to learn for herself. In her universe, she has people like Dee. He doesn’t have all the answers, but he can teach her more about her life that she’s navigating throughout the series. It’s also a different narrative and a different story that’s told. The show is kind of lighter, but it’s also much darker and much more personal.” Though she left the door open for a crossover in the future, as Superman does exist in her universe.
‘Naomi’ had its CW premiere on January 11, 2022, and currently airs on Tuesday nights.
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