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Fox Purchases TV Show Based On The Spectre

How will the Spirit of Vengeance be portrayed on television?

Judgment comes to Thursday nights.

Fans who were expecting every DC TV show to be on Cartoon Network or the CW were thinking a wee too limitedly. Deadline’s saying that Fox, of all networks, has just purchased based on the Spectre, of all superheroes from the DCU pantheon. Interestingly enough, it’s being written Brandon Camp, who co-created an earlier supernatural, afterlife-tinged thriller series for Fox in the 2000s - - JOHN DOE.

While the framework of Jim Corrigan being a cop who essentially continues his beat after the powers-that-be bring him back from the grave works great for TV, I feel like this is one of DC’s titles that would require the most significant re-tooling to work on the tube. Most obviously, I just can’t picture any prime time show with a chalk-white, mostly-naked man running around in little but a green speedo and cloak - - so the costume’s surely going to be redesigned. Secondly, I imagine they’re going to have to tone down the “personification of divine vengeance” angle and dial the Spectre’s power level back significantly, because it’ll be real hard to create tension on a weekly basis if the lead’s a godlike spirit.

== TEASER ==

I could see this being closer to a police procedural with Corrigan looking like a regular cop most of the time or, conversely, it could be a TALES FROM THE CRYPT horror anthology where the Spectre serves as a narrator and occasional intervener. Obviously, there’s not a ton to go on at this point, except to ask you Comic Vine maniacs what YOU would do if you were asked to make this show. Go on and take a seat in the fantasy producer's chair.

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Posted by Kal'smahboi

I'm actually interested in this. I think that there's a lot of potential here.

Posted by inferiorego

I'm so excited.... And I just can't hide it... I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Now THIS could be a great success if they took it in the right direction!

Posted by tonis

yea this is an interesting idea, especially given the network.

Is it going to be animated or live action?

Posted by cattlebattle

@inferiorego said:

I'm so excited.... And I just can't hide it... I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it.

LOL, are you a drugged up Jessie Spano??

This is great, The Spectre is very under used character

Posted by SithLantern93

Hope he gets used well.

Posted by inferiorego

@cattlebattle said:

@inferiorego said:

I'm so excited.... And I just can't hide it... I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it.

LOL, are you a drugged up Jessie Spano??

This is great, The Spectre is very under used character

I'm on pills and working out.... constantly

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Posted by cattlebattle

@inferiorego said:

@cattlebattle said:

@inferiorego said:

I'm so excited.... And I just can't hide it... I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it.

LOL, are you a drugged up Jessie Spano??

This is great, The Spectre is very under used character

I'm on pills and working out.... constantly

Nice, wasn't she training for a dance contest or something....ahhh the fact that I've seen every episode of that show a trillion times bothers me, I could have filled that head space with something useful....like math

Posted by Golden Cod

I'm reserving judgement until there's more info. Spectre is a relatively unknown character and that could allow them to craft something interesting, kind of like how some of the best books in Marvel and DC don't involve the most popular characters. On the other hand, hey could easily massacre this like Steel...

Posted by Sammo21

FOX bought this; its already cancelled. #AttackWatch

Posted by elayem98

So no wonder woman or flash movie but a spectre and previously announced deadman tv shows...? cmon

Posted by CrimsonTempest

Fox will fuck this show up. Look at Human Target, for Christ's sake.

Posted by Dernman

Way to go DC. First you kill yourself in movies now your going to kill yourself in TV.

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Posted by Mega_spidey01

i prefer if they went tales from the crypt route with the show that would provide an interesting prospective  on the show. the Spectre short was pretty cool.

Posted by Grimoire

This might be a good idea but I hope the retooling for TV doesn't take what's good about the character and throw it out the window the first chance they get. lol

Posted by Amazingoctus

:D CAN'T WAIT!!!! .... It had better be good. If it isn't, then... well... >_>

Posted by Zuckuss_02

The last time Fox had a DC property, they cancelled it after 2 season. Human Target was one of my favorite shows and i got ticked when it got canned. Fox doesn't give it's shows the attention they need and they will kill anything really quick. I much prefer if this show was on the CW, Sci-fy or AMC. Because on either of those 3, it will definetly have a better chance.

Any supernatural/sci-fi/comic based show on either ABC, Fox or NBC never lasts because they want and expect those shows to get the same rating as their bullcrap reality dance & singing shows like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc..

V, Flash Forward, The Event, The Cape, Eastwick, are all products of those genres and all got cancelled. All were great shows.

Posted by The_Kid_Lantern

@Mega_spidey01 said:

i prefer if they went tales from the crypt route with the show that would provide an interesting prospective on the show. the Spectre short was pretty cool.

The short animated feature was well done and helped me understand how a character like the Spectre fit into the DCU. When I think horror comics, Spectre is on the top of the list now. If he's to get tv time surely they'll give us a DCnU Dark series featuring Corrigan. I'm hoping at least....

And the character doesn't need to be retooled at all. Just do like the animated feature and never show him from the waist down unless it's a distant shot, and then just make it blurry. All he needs is a good enough supporting cast to make people care about a ghost who judges/executed people for a higher power. A cranky police chief, an ex from before he was murdered/resurrected, maybe a police snitch ... LOL

~KL~

Posted by Decept-O

@inferiorego said:

I'm so excited.... And I just can't hide it... I'm about to lose control, and I think I like it.

Bwa Ha Ha! Love it.

Well, I don't know about this one. I think Tom Pinchuk said all that had to be said about this subject, really. Changes would have to be made. Don't know how well it will do. Sounds like the pitch was "imagine a show like Supernatural or Ghost Whisperer" and the character is based off a nerdy comic book so people will like it." It won't last long now that I think about it, no matter what type of spin they put on it.

Posted by EpitomeofCool

thats cool...cept fox isnt the most releable network here..

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Posted by mikeclark1982

i could see this being a friday night hit behind fringe. just shows warner brothers and DC are willing to shop their properties around to other companies while Disney wants to make Marvel television(ABC, Disney XD).

Posted by Marshal Victory

" I just can’t picture any prime time show with a chalk-white, mostly-naked man running around in little but a green speedo.."

Almost thought ya was talking about nypd blue their.But the show could be done well .But DCs history with their own heroes is less than stelar.I could see a version of the show but more like Quantum Leap .But this an Deadman going to the CW i belive ill wait an see.

Hopeing for the best.Prepared for the worst.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Awesome, freakin psyc......oh wait......its Fox.......damn

Posted by LuffyDUzumaki

Why cant it be Crispus Allen?

Posted by NightFang

This should be on HBO, not damn FOX!!!

Posted by MintBerryCrunch

If it's anything like the animation short, it'll be good!

Posted by ssejllenrad

Why are a lot of people complaining? Fox may be an evil network but they sure as hell give quality shows....

Posted by Static Shock
@CrimsonTempest said:

Fox will fuck this show up. Look at Human Target, for Christ's sake.

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Posted by Leliel

I have so many hopes for this show should ready myself that there going to fall or should perhaps not even think of them happening. In anyway I shall watch the show if FOX ever get around to making it

Posted by Supreme Marvel

Any new updates on this? Been looking forward to it.

Posted by Jack Attack

Spectre television series? It's not even my birthday.

Posted by Bogey

I wonder if this idea has already gotten scrapped? It would be nice to see another character my grandpa drew to be on TV.