Actually, his powers is that he’s, well, a psychic, I guess.
Here’s how THR explains the Hourman that we’ll be seeing in a potential new CW TV series adapting the D.C. comic book character:
Hourman centers on a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.
Ah, I get it. Because he can only see an hour into the future, so he’s Hourman. Get it? It’s a good thing he can’t see a week into the future, then he would be Weekman. Which would cause problems, like he’d have to explain to the bad guys in every episode that it’s not Weakman, it’s Weekman.
Eh, I’m only trying to fill up this article because the premise of this TV series is kind of derivative. It’s basically “Person of Interest” minus the Machine. Or “The Listener”. Or that syndicated TV show about a jazz singer who can hear evil thoughts, that I can’t even remember the title of.
The character, like most comic book characters, has gone through multiple iterations. Originally he was supposed to be a scientist who invented a drug that gave him superpowers — but just for an hour. Later, an android version showed up. Then the character got psychic abilities. This TV show seems to be heading in that direction, with no mention of one-hour superpowers. Just as well, I guess. Hopefully he’s not a nerdy scientist. I mean, even “Person of Interest’s” nerd needed a badass CIA type to help him out.
Michael Caleo will write the pilot script for the proposed “Hourman” TV series, with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz producing.
The CW is apparently on something of a comic book kick. Mainly thanks to the success of “Arrow”, they’ve got a “Flash” TV series in the words, still claims to be doing a “Wonder Woman” TV series, and now “Hourman”. It’s too bad they couldn’t somehow nab that Batman-less “Gotham City” TV show, too.