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CW Developing DEADMAN Series

Deadman comic hitting the CW?

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 25, 2011
Source: Deadline

Cover art to BRIGHTEST DAY #7 by David Finch
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"Supernatural" executive producer Eric Kripke is hoping a Deadman succeeds where a Sandman failed. At least in terms of bringing a DC Comic character to the small screen. Less than a year after it was reported that Kripke had exited the plans to bring "Sandman" to life, Deadline is reporting he's been tapped to help develop a "Deadman" series over at the CW.

This wouldn't be the first time that someone tried bringing the character of Boston Brand to televisions with TNT trying to adapt it back in 2000. Guillermo del Toro also tried a shot and went so far as having a director attached before it fell back into development hell.

Plot Concept: Based on the character which first appeared in 1967, the story centers a murdered man, Boston Brand, who lives on as he inhabits other people’s bodies and helps them solve crises in their own lives.


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vitieddie 8/26/2011 12:30:08 AM

How about just bringing back Human Target?! 

tallman 8/26/2011 3:29:17 AM

 This would be like a superhero quantum leap? But could be very, very good.

spiderhero 8/26/2011 4:27:45 AM

It will probably be cast with pretty 20-somethings. That's what CW likes to do. If so, I'll probably pass.

Wiseguy 8/26/2011 6:45:44 AM

When we talk about comic book adaptations this doesn't even rank in my top 100. So unless it just looks amazing I'll probably pass too

karas1 8/26/2011 6:48:10 AM

I'm willing to give it a shot.  There's nothing wrong with the concept.  We'll see how it goes.

lusiphur 8/26/2011 7:17:20 AM

 I like it and I  like your idea, tallman.  I just wonder if they'll keep the superhero costume and the Deadman look from the comics.  I'll at least give it a shot.

theREALsterma 8/26/2011 7:25:29 AM

I doubt they will.  The spandex curse will still apply.  You know the one the "looks good on paper, but in real life looks like an aerobics instructor, curse.  Maybe some red circus leotards, but most of the action will be through the bodies he inhabits and DON'T get your hopes up for it being in a superhero universe.  They will most likely try to hook the vamp/goth crowd along with the teeny bopper college set with boston being early 20's with perfect hair.  Not only does the sfx cost but i think they have to pay for each character they use from the DCU.  So this is where all my pennies go.. just .02 cents at a time....

zipahead 8/26/2011 8:00:36 AM

this is the way to go.. using the more obscure  DC characters... no real  fan expectations...and a pretty interesting concept they can butcher and retcon to hell

Wyldstaar 8/26/2011 9:36:03 AM

I would be willing to give the show a shot if it ever makes it to broadcast.  As with all DC properties, it just depends on how it's handled.  Will it go the way of Smallville or Birds of Prey? 

MadMercutio 8/26/2011 10:13:15 AM

I think this could be pretty cool if done correctly.  It might be wonderfully creepy.

It's nice to see something different from the world of comics coming to life besides the usual suspects.  I like the usual suspects, but if this fad is going to continue, we need some ne blood in the mix.

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