I haven’t seen all of Supernatural yet. I’m a third of the way through season one, but it’s fanbase is comprised of pretty intelligent folks with sharp genre tastes, and the show is a constant presence on “Shows More People Should Be Watching” lists and their Comic Con panel is usually massive.
The show’s creator, Eric Kripke, was rumored to take over Sand Man for DC Comics, but that hasn’t gotten any traction. The CW has been looking for a superhero show to fill in for Smallville, and they have their sights on Deadman, a long running third tier character, to take up the space.
According to Deadline, Kripke is first in line to try and get it off the ground, and from the description of the character this seems to be right up his alley.
“Deadman is a ghost, formerly a circus trapeze artist, named Boston Brand who performed under the name Deadman, a stage persona including a red costume and white corpse makeup. When Brand is murdered during a trapeze performance by a mysterious assailant known only as the Hook his spirit is given the power to possess any living being by a Hindu goddess in order to search for his murderer and obtain justice.”
Deadman can also walk through walls, turn invisible, and basically do anything a ghost is able to do. The show is presumably set around the mystery of who killed Brand and why, and he will probably help officials solve other mysteries along the way.
Anyone else getting a GhostWriter vibe from this?