Hourman Added to The CW's Superhero Roster

Hourman The CWThe CW’s heroic plan continues to unfold.

The network that brought you Arrow is developing Hourman, a drama based on a DC Comics character who can see flashes of terrible things that will happen an hour in the future, TVLine has confirmed.

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The hero of this story — who first appeared in a 1940 comic — is a highly intelligent, emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees. Along the way, he hopes to reunite with his ex-wife and son.

Michael Caleo (Ironside) will pen the script, with Dan Lin (The Secret Lives of Wives) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars) executive-producing in association with Warner Bros. TV.


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  1. Maki says:

    Interesting. CW goes all out superhero. They really pushing the Supernatural to our screen. This reminds me there was a show were a man got Tomorrow´s newspaper and made changed things.

  2. mawhi says:

    Aren’t the “previously on Hourman” and “next week on Hourman” going to get redundant?

  3. Um, a superhero who depends on drugs for his powers? Yeah, this might not bode so well, lol.

  4. You need a better picture, unless the show is about the android version of Hourman, heh.

  5. lord byron says:

    I miss early edition. was a nice family show

  6. Maho says:

    o_0 Admitted geek here, and that doesn’t sound like any Hourman I’ve ever heard of In the comics, he’s basically a guy who can take a pill once a day that gives him super-powers for an hour.

    This sounds more like Angel, minus the vampires and demons swooping in to save the day.

  7. Alex says:

    Too bad this premise is NOTHING like the comic book character and is exactly like Early Edition. Oh CW/WB/DC, will you EVER get live adaptations right? I mean, Marvel has given you the blueprint for success. Wouldn’t it be better to copy their success instead of continue with one epic fail after another?

    • Josh says:

      So would you be ok if someone pitched this as a new Hourman comic? It’s not like the character has ever really had a premise that stuck for more than a brief time. My favorite version is the one from the late 90s early 2000s where he could get advice from his dad but he only got an hour total and then he was gone.

      • Alex says:

        Actually I like the idea of going back to the original, with a twist. He’s a chemist that discovers a compound that gives him super strength and agility for an hour, and due to his genetic makeup it only works on him. But there’s a downside, he becomes horribly addicted to it and it takes a very real physical toll on his body, so he’s always facing a tough decision: does he use it and help people knowing it’s going to give him horrible withdrawal when it wears off and possibly kill him if he uses it too much, or does he ignore the rush of the drug and the thrill of being a superhero and suck up the guilt of of letting innocent people get hurt? I think that would actually make a compelling drama. Oh wait, it’s the CW. They don’t do real drama, only teenage angst-ridden faux drama. Oh well. Coulda been an interesting show.

    • Anthony says:

      Actually, it sounds like they’ve combined the Rick Tyler Hourman (who could see an hour into the future and work to prevent things from happening) with his father Rex (pharmaceutical wonderkind with estranged family members).

  8. Mikael says:

    It sounds similar to Tru Calling, except Tru would rewind the day to prevent the tragedy from happening.

  9. Joe says:

    (Mild Arrow spoilers) Interestingly enough, Brother Blood just used a drug that he called ‘a miracle’ on Arrow. Hourman’s ability bestowing drug in the comics is called Miraclo…

  10. Drewer says:

    This sounds terrible.

  11. Candice says:

    I want a Hawkman series.

  12. Alan says:

    file this one under “adaptations i never expected to hear about”

  13. Matt says:

    I’m interested to see how the CW tries to pass off a buff 20-year-old model as a divorced father.

  14. Greg says:

    It will be interesting to see if they do tackle the issue of Miraclo (the pill which gives him an hour of powers) and that in the comics in some interpretations he became an addict.

  15. Sara says:

    Um….okay CW….just reel it in a bit. Calm down with all the superhero stuff already.

    • Alex says:

      It’s faux-superhero at best, which makes it even more infuriating cause it’ll wind up being another show that’s nothing but angst. No real drama, no real superhero action, just a cast of people bitching and moaning about how awful their lives are for 40 minutes, despite them all having model good looks, expensive clothes, top notch hair and makeup, and living in impossibly large, spacious, and well-decorated houses/apartments. Y’know, just like real life.

  16. Sheldon W. says:

    A one-hour drama series about Hourman? Can you say perfect?

    It would be natural for the series to, at some later date (if it goes to series), explore addiction, since the Miraclo pills that give the Rex Tyler incarnation of the character his temporary superpowers are addictive – and the parallel between his story and steroids addicts is just right there.

    It’s too bad that the pilot script is being written by the guy who did the woeful Ironside reboot.

  17. Jason says:

    Reminds me of the Eliza Dushku / Matt Bomer series, Tru Calling.

  18. alistaircrane says:

    I hope they are using the Rick or Matthew Tyler version of the character. Rex Tyler sucks.

  19. Dr.Comic says:

    Paging Trevor Donovan. Please make Booster Gold CW!

  20. PityPat says:

    I have the power to see one television season in the future, and I see this show being cancelled.

  21. Fernanda says:

    CW and Warner create TV shows based on DC Comic Characters but never but them into their cinematic universe, Arrow will have his own FLASH and both of them won’t get into the upcoming (and so far far away) JLA movie.

  22. liz says:

    would have preferred them launch a female superhero show. CW is the perfect place for that.

  23. Code Boy says:

    A superhero who is an “emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees.” Sounds good – a superhero from the medical industry. Now, can Hourman get some of his superhero friends at Google together and go to Washington DC and they can write some java script code to help fix the ACA servers so I don’t keep getting that darn error message day long?

    If Hourman can do that, fine, I will gladly watch this CW program.

  24. gryssy says:

    Still don’t understand why the DC Universe in other media (TV & movies) work so hard at remaining seperate. Wasn’t that the main reason why Marvel creamed them originally in the Silver Age? So much potential…& why use a third rate (maybe fourth rate?) hero like Hourman?

  25. I heart superheroes says:

    Always excited for more superhero shows, and for more shows on CW worth watching. To be honest, I think I like the Early Edition-esque version that we will be getting over the original idea. Superhero who gets his powers from pills seems a liiiiittle too similar to Underdog for my taste.

  26. Bad Samaritan says:

    Who the hell is Hourman? DC has a lot of characters we’ve heard of before, why would they choose this one? Didn’t they try Aquaman some years back? What about Wonder Woman? Some of us would even take John Constantine if they keep him British like in the books! Honestly CW, you could do this so much better.