It was only a few days ago we were expressing how excited we were, spurred on by the news Oni Press' THE DAMNED is currently in development at Showtime, that TV networks are finally realising the huge potential in adapting comic book properties for the small screen. Now comes the announcement that The CW (previous home of SMALLVILLE) are working on a show based on the DC Comics character DEADMAN.
Eric Kripke, creator of SUPERNATURAL, has been tasked with bringing the undead hero to life (ahem), taking on writing and producing duties for Warner Bros.
Deadman, for those unfamiliar, was created back in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, and tells the tale of murdered circus trapeze artist Boston Brand, who is rather handily granted the ability to inhabit the bodies of the living to search for his killer. Now if that story wasn't ripe for a TV adap we don't know what is! Although it does sound a lot like a supernatural QUANTUM LEAP...
What with POWERS, 100 BULLETS and the aforementioned THE DAMNED all in active development, (and various others being touted, including Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN), it looks like we'll soon be seeing the world of comic books conquering TV in the same way they've monopolised our multiplexes.
As always, we'll keep you in the loop on all further developments.
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