'Supernatural' Creators Bringing Ghostly Comic Book Adaptation 'Deadman' to The CW
The CW already has a pretty solid selection of Supernatural shows in its lineup: there's "The Vampire Diaries," its spinoff "The Secret Circle," and of course the long-running "Supernatural." But now that "Smallville" is gone, the network is lacking in comic book superhero adaptations, isn't it?
Enter "Deadman." The CW and the creator of "Supernatural" are teaming up to bring a classic comic book character (but probably one that you've never heard of) to TV with an adaptation of the DC comic "Deadman."
The character was created back in 1967, and has since run through a number of storylines. But his backstory pretty much remains the same: he's a trapeze artist named Boston Brand who is murdered and becomes a vengeful ghost.
He then spends his afterlife inhabiting the bodies of others to help them in their struggles and hunt down his murderer. Think of it like "Quantum Leap," only with a dead guy.
Seeing what The CW did with "Smallville" (no tights, no flights), we're probably not going to see Deadman's ridiculous outfit in the show. He'll probably also have a different profession when he's alive than trapeze artist, but who knows? Maybe CW will feel a little silly and roll with it.
This should be an interesting experiment.
The episodic nature of the story (again, like "Quantum Leap") translates well to TV, but the character is unknown to pretty much everyone except for hardcore DC Comics fans. It's a completely different animal from adapting Superman to TV. But if it catches on, this could open the floodgates for more obscure comic book characters to make it to a TV series...including Neil Gaiman's "Sandman." Fingers crossed!