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.

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  1. Captain says:

    I can’t see this working on the CW

    • Ka'lel says:

      Yeah, I was thinking about someone less… bizarre.
      The CW may want to do what Marvel is achieving, turn underdogs in popular characters such as Iron Man or Ghost Rider.

    • Drew says:

      I think it depends on how they do it. If he styles the show correctly, it could be very interesting. But I could see them maybe limiting it to 13 episode seasons, because filler episodes in a show like this would be hard to watch.

    • liria234 says:

      Yeah, that’s a terrible premise. The Krip can do better than that. The CW needs more mainstream heroes, it needs all the eyes it can get.

  2. Tommy says:

    I see this working on CW, but not the CW…

  3. CWtvWATCH says:

    I can actually see this working, It could end up being like a procedural superhero show, with Deadman finding a new person to help each week, while the backstory of his murder stringing through the episodes. I am starting to like the new CW prez. For one thing, he is living up to his words. First Comedy with “Camp” and now Superhero with “Deadman”

  4. Dee says:

    Wasn’t this sort of what The Cape was about?

    I saw the first few episodes and thought it was okay.

    Glad Kripke is getting to do other stuff. The CW needs a better-known action hero, though.

    • Drew says:

      The Cape was about a cop who was framed for murder and faked his death before being trained by circus folk. Deadman is an actual dead guy who takes over bodies.

  5. bk8718 says:

    Wait, what happened to Octocobra?

  6. transcender123 says:

    so….its Quantum Leap?

  7. fiona says:

    its hard to top superman but I wouldn’t mind the Flash

  8. Alex says:

    Of all the heroes in the DC pantheon they go with Deadman?!?! What happened to Raven (another poor choice btw)? Were B’wana Beast and Angel and the Ape unavailable?

  9. Mairead says:

    Hey, if Kripke’s in charge, it’s gonna be good.

  10. Jackie says:

    They should do Nightwing… Gotham City, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, maybe, say… Jason Todd and boom. That’s a show!

    • Drew says:

      Dude, Nightwing would ROCK! Set it in the same universe as Smallville, but take the action out of shiny Metropolis and put it into Bludhaven. Make it gritty and dark.

      They never do Nightwing because they never get through Batman enough to branch off, but they miss out on some great characters because of this. Even Tim Drake is a cool character that they could bring in from time to time.

  11. Sam says:

    While I’m getting definite Cape vibes here, the premise actually sounds interesting. I’d rather they go with a more underground superhero, if only to keep some of the surprise element to it.

  12. Don says:

    He could enter Clark Kent or any other Smallville character that’s not working on some other show.

  13. Warren Stone says:

    Actually, cheap jokes aside, the reason Deadman has been around for 40 years is that the ORIGINAL storyline and idea by Arnold Drake (aided incredibly by artwork by a then almost virgin Neal Adams) was one of the most original works comics had seen AT THAT TIME! While Quantum Leap did in fact rip off the body-jumping concept and cheapen it for use today… the search for your own killer is a classic concept and should never go out of style. This could be a supernatural version of one of TV’s biggest hits… The Fugitive… and like the Hulk series it could be really great if you have a truly complelling solo lead and a great cast of different characters every week!