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On NBC, Hither Flaps... THE CAPE

Network Picks Up Superhero Pilot

There’s a history of superheroes and movies not (directly) based on any four-color periodicals, and now, the National Broadcasting Company’s adding another face to this unaffiliated, unrelated league of justice.   According to the Hollywood Reporter , the peacock’s picked up the pilot for a new light TV drama titled THE CAPE.

The official synopsis goes a little something like this…

Set in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, [THE CAPE] centers on a former cop framed for a crime who becomes the Cape, a masked hero, to clear his name and reunite with his son.

Whoa whoa… slow down.  “Fictionalized version of Los Angeles.”   Dude, I’ve been living in LA for more than a year and it feels mighty fictionalized as is.

The biggest prior credit of Tom Wheeler, the creator, is the 2005 mini-series EMPIRE.    That show was  about the rise of the Roman emperor Augustus and, somehow, I’m not anticipating much of a thematic link between the two.   Obviously, there’s not a lot to go off based only on this rather general premise.   Like a riddle from the sphinx, you can read much into the choice words employed here.   There’s a very wide latitude over how an ex-cop vigilante fighting to exonerate himself and gets his kid back can be played out.

Personally, I’m hoping for something that’ll be a true heir to BLANKMAN, the 1994 Damon Wayans movie  that was, more or less, about a grown-up Steve Urkel fighting the mob in his pajamas.    

--Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on

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Posted by Citizen 14

it's ehh.

Posted by cmaprice

Dear NBC,
Heroes isn't bad enough?

Posted by Bruce Vain

Maybe it'll work maybe it won't. 
I miss M.A.N.T.I.S - I loved that show when I was a kid. I thought it was a cool concept to have a paralyzed  superhero to fight crime. Who used his exo-skeleton suit to help him on his crusade against justice.
Posted by Anderson: Agent of SMITH

Oh jeez! At first glance, I thought the title was "On NBC, Hitler flaps... THE CAPE"
Posted by Biondello

Another superhero show? Ehh I'm not feeling to confident in it. They must be hard to do because they rarely come out really good. I honestly wish Aquaman had made it past just a pilot and made it into a show, but who knows maybe THE CAPE will prove me wrong.

Posted by Marshal Victory
@Anderson: Agent of SMITH said:
Oh jeez! At first glance, I thought the title was "On NBC, Hitler flaps... THE CAPE" "

Um i read it the same way at 1st.Should we double the medication or half it?
Posted by NightFang

Maybe it will work out.

Posted by zerogee0
@Bruce Vain:  Bruce, has all the M.A.N.T.I.S. eps. and it's  free .
Posted by The Clock King

Too bad we can't get a fun serialized version of The Spirit instead of a costumed hero. Something more firmly rooted in reality than the film was would be fantastic if well written.
Oh wait. It's NBC. They don't care about the writing.

Posted by Bruce Vain
Excellent , thank you Zerogee0 :)
Posted by Theodore
@Anderson: Agent of SMITH said:
Oh jeez! At first glance, I thought the title was "On NBC, Hitler flaps... THE CAPE" "
me too man, me too...
Posted by AirDave817

This from the same network that thinks it's a great idea to put Jay Leno on in prime time, then back in late nite for a half an hour before The Tonight Show..."Look, Conanwill go for it!"