Supernatural Creator to Develop Deadman Comic Adaptation for The CW

The CW is looking to get back into the comics/superhero business with a familiar name.

Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is writing and executive-producing an adaptation of DC Comics’ Deadman, our sister site Deadline reports.

Deadman centers on Boston Brand, a circus acrobat who is murdered but continues to live on when a supernatural being enables him to possess the living. He then finds himself torn between finding and exacting revenge on the man who killed him and using his new ability to help others.

CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour earlier this month that finding a new superhero to fill the void left by Smallville is a priority. To the network’s benefit, much like ABC has Disney-owned Marvel in its fold, The CW has in-family DC Comics, which is owned by Time Warner, to cull from.

“We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero comes to be,” said Pedowitz.

Kripke has plenty of experience in the paranormal arena, having served as showrunner on the network’s Supernatural for five years. He remains an executive producer on the series, which enters its seventh season on Sept. 23.