Well this seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? The creator of “Supernatural” developing a new TV series for the CW based on the D.C. comic book character called Deadman? Talk about an easy sell to the public. That is, if the show actually makes it on the air, which, let’s face it, is never a sure thing in today’s crazy TV landscape. (Hell, even “Wonder Woman” couldn’t hack it…)
More on “Deadman”, the undead avenger:
Deadman is a ghost, formerly a circus trapeze artist named Boston Brand who performed under the name Deadman, a stage persona including a red costume and white corpse makeup. When Brand is murdered during a trapeze performance by a mysterious assailant known only as the Hook (in fact his last words were “Gee, from up here it almost looks like that guy with the hook for a hand has a gun…”), his spirit is given the power to possess any living being by a Hindu goddess (created for the purposes of the story) named Rama Kushna (a corruption of Rama-Krishna), in order to search for his murderer and obtain justice.
The last time we heard about someone wanting to bring undead superhero Boston Brand to the masses by way of a live-action adaptation was way back in 2009, with Guillermo del Toro attaching himself as a producer to a “Deadman” movie. That, well, hasn’t gone anywhere. No surprise, since del Toro attaches himself to about fifty or so horror-related projects a month, or thereabouts.
This latest attempt to adapt Deadman has a pretty good chance of actually happen, especially with Eric Kripke doing the legwork for the CW, who is no doubt desperate to find another genre show for the nerds, now that “Smallville” has (mercifully) run its course after ten years, and Kripke’s own “Supernatural” is treading water by way of a seventh season (not to mention wallowing in meta).