Deadman TV Series in Development

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Posted by G-Man (19226 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman's been getting a lot of attention lately. Not only was he crucial in Brightest Day, he also won the heart of Holly Granger and played an important role in Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons. Deadman has been on the small screen in animated form but it looks like he is getting ready to make his live-action debut.

Making his debut in 1967's Strange Adventures #205, Deadman has long been a fan-favorite but not exactly a household name. This is something that Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke is hoping to change.

Deadline reported that the CW is looking to bring a new superhero franchise to the airwaves. With Smallville ending it's successful ten season run, a big hole has been left in their programming schedule. The show will be written and executive produced by Kripke.

CW president Mark Pedowitz said they are looking to do a superhero show next year of the right character comes along. Deadman may seem like an odd choice, the spirit of a murdered man able to inhabit the bodies of others in order to solve their problems, but given the supernatural element (no pun intended) and the success of shows like Supernatural and Vampire Diaries on the CW, Deadman might just be the perfect fit.

We all know adapting superheroes in tights can be a difficult task. Deadman may be the character that can bring some life to the network.

#1 Posted by ninjacommando (104 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman is an awesome choice, but Zatanna would've been better.

#2 Posted by sj_esposito (429 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this idea. Deadman is a great character with fantastic potential. 

#3 Posted by ScarlettLynn (160 posts) - - Show Bio

An intangible hero who leaps from body to body solving problems worked pretty well for Quantum Leap once upon a time. I could see it working if done right.

#4 Posted by Duo_forbidden (1119 posts) - - Show Bio

I could get into this series more than that Raven TV series that's supposedly greenlight.

#5 Posted by cosmo111687 (1463 posts) - - Show Bio

That is a very unusual choice. I love Deadman to...well...death, and would love to see him gain wider public recognition. I just hope that the changes they make to him don't negatively effect his comic persona too much (as I'm always skeptical of outside media adaptations of my favourite characters).

#6 Posted by GraveSp (314 posts) - - Show Bio

How about the Deadman and Swampthing Super Best Friends hour lol

#7 Posted by Leopaldon (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell yeah, Cassius is in da house! :D

#8 Posted by dondasch (921 posts) - - Show Bio

This is of definite interest to me.  Already a fan of Supernatural.

#9 Posted by TheLastLantern (46 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd be down for this if it dosn't end up trying to adapt brightest day
#10 Posted by danhimself (22737 posts) - - Show Bio

the first thing I thought about when I saw this was Quantum Leap....sounds like a great idea for a series!

#11 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2294 posts) - - Show Bio
@ninjacommando said:
Deadman is an awesome choice, but Zatanna would've been better.
I agree 
But i don't know much about deadman aside from cartoons, he might be cool if they use the producers from supernatural to execute the shows feel since he is very much a ghost and should have a erie tone to his show 
Zatanna though was awesome on smallville and if they use that actress, it could be successful and oddly zatanna's costume translated well 
#12 Edited by Zuckuss_02 (43 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought they were making a Raven tv series for the CW. Deadman could work if done right. Hopefully we'll get some cameos from other DC heroes and villains. 
I agree with Zatanna. She is my favorite female character & a show about her would be fantastic & they would have to use Serinda Swan, the actress that portrayed her on Smallville. I was hoping she would've showed up in more than the 2 episodes she was on.

#13 Posted by jordama (4106 posts) - - Show Bio

Haha no

#14 Posted by DoomDoomDoom (4211 posts) - - Show Bio

I have to admit If I saw this I'd at least give it a chance. Deadmans always reminded me of The Eye by Nabokov.

#15 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3584 posts) - - Show Bio

Isn't Deadman's schtick basically the same as the premise for Quantum Leap?

#16 Posted by zombietag (1491 posts) - - Show Bio


#17 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6836 posts) - - Show Bio

That would be a GREAT choice, to do Deadman.  I always did consider Boston Brand an amalgamation of Dick Grayson with Harry Houdini, so to put that onto prime time would be a great choice with what power he has.  I think it would be great to do! Bring it on.

#18 Edited by sethysquare (3842 posts) - - Show Bio

OH MY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really hoping this could eventually lead into some justice league dark tv series

#19 Posted by Gambit1024 (9843 posts) - - Show Bio

The only reason Smallville was really successful was because people knew who Clark Kent/Superman is... Outside the comic reading world, nobody knows who Deadman is. 
I wish CW luck, but you gotta really do something with him that'll make people watch and stay interested. 

#20 Posted by iLLituracy (13495 posts) - - Show Bio


#21 Posted by Mercy_ (91944 posts) - - Show Bio


#22 Posted by jakob187 (988 posts) - - Show Bio

I dig the hell out of Supernatural, so I'm thinking this can work out incredibly long as CW lets this creator do his thing with minimal interference....

...which is a statement that just made me laugh like crazy.

#23 Posted by NightFang (10382 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman would make great TV series.

#24 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (36229 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds cool and i would watch it but theres so many other DC characters that deserve a shoe before Deadman

#25 Posted by MatKrenz (1197 posts) - - Show Bio

Now I haven't watced a single episode of Smallville and from what I uderstand Clrak Kent was a terribly written character but there version of Green Arrow was actually well written in the show and the actor playing him pulled a good performance of Ollie. My question is why make a show of a character that hasn't appeared in a single episode of your previous 10 season series but one that is well established does not get a shot ? It just raises to many questions.

#26 Posted by The Poet (8179 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll wait till I actully see the credits on tv till I get my hopes up after the whole "wonder woman" thing.

#27 Posted by tonis (6183 posts) - - Show Bio

it can't replace Smallville, and with this kind of thinking from producers it seems more like they're trying to cover two shows with one blow.

Any smart analyst of Smallville's success will see there's a pattern from season 1-5 and then 6-10 and the majority of the momentum in that second half was not because of the 'superman' character so much as the idea of others out there being introduced. People WANT a DC based LIVE TEAM group.

They don't need another 'talking to the dead show', it's been milked like a zombie with no direction left to go. (and I actually like deadman as a comic)

If they wanna counter a Marvel movie team wave that is obviously coming, they would be smart to figure what they need is a strategic TV counterpart.

Seeing as they're so willing to reboot the books, then they should have the balls to do ANYTHING with TV, and it's only there where they're gonna have the ammo to wage their 'media war' if they REALLY wanna fight it.

Right now it seems like Marvel want's the movies, and DC wants the cartoons, but neither seems willing to own the live TV market.

That's a damn shame cause most TV is sucking at the moment when it doesn't need to because good content is being bogarted by people with no idea where to pass the light to in certain mediums ;)

#28 Posted by Decept-O (7393 posts) - - Show Bio

I can envision how they'd significantly change the story and character to adapt to TV. Yet this doesn't seem like a choice that would have it for a series. The fact they're pondering another comic character is interesting but I just hope if one does happen it isn't too similar to Smallville. It had its moments, mind you, but *ugh*.

#29 Posted by Benzo (619 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm up for a Deadman TV series! But only if it 's done well. 

#30 Posted by CrimsonInuTears (461 posts) - - Show Bio

Hm... Interestin. Well if it's Deadman maybe that means we'll get some live action tv Batman again. Still can't believe Batman didn' even get one ep in Smallville~ ^_^

#31 Edited by WildStyle (331 posts) - - Show Bio

 I don't think this is going to work on the same scale as Smallville. The appeal the series had at the start wont be found here. Bad choice IMO.
CW is milking the hell out of  supernatural shows at this point. They better hope by the time Deadman  airs, the general audience wont be burned out by then. Hell, two supernatural shows are premiering in the fall with Supernatural going on for another season. Just overkill.

#32 Posted by Outside_85 (10655 posts) - - Show Bio

I doubt it will be Deadman and i a honestly perplexed by the amount of exposition he's getting from DC these days.
+I'm still hoping the Raven show will be happening.

#33 Posted by neillius (49 posts) - - Show Bio
that was my first thought as I read the title.
#34 Edited by longbowhunter (8026 posts) - - Show Bio

I have doubts as to whether this will ever happen. Hope it does and I have faith if Eric Kripke is the one to do it.
#35 Posted by Omertalvendetta (383 posts) - - Show Bio

I know it's different networks.... but Wonder Woman doesn't even get past the pilot, and yet characters like this are more likely to get shows.... that's kind of interesting.

#36 Posted by fodigg (6151 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do people like Deadman? He's never really resonated with me.

#37 Posted by goldenkey (2920 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman jumping into the bodies of teenagers and saving the day at the local highschool.  sounds stupid.
#38 Posted by Sky_Jokiel (304 posts) - - Show Bio

Gonna be interesting but I don't think it will ever live up to Smallville... Plus there is probably gonna be a big budget for it... an invisible man floating around and taking over bodies... lots and lots of CGI

#39 Posted by Roldan (241 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman by Kripke? sign me up. As long as he can borrow some of the writers from Supernatural. Hell, bring in other magic-based characters like Zatanna or Phantom Stranger and we have room for spin-offs.

#40 Posted by WildStyle (331 posts) - - Show Bio
@fodigg: Cosign. He's even getting a big push in the new DC universe. 
I never got the appeal about his character. I also question whether or not he's going to be marketable enough to draw an audience.
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#42 Posted by shawn87 (2082 posts) - - Show Bio

I dont see this being successful.  
I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happens to this series that the Wonder Woman series recently faced. DC may go 0 for 2 when it's all said and done

#43 Posted by Marshal Victory (676 posts) - - Show Bio

Hope they do the costume to.One of the easyer ones an its part of the backstory.
#44 Posted by blaakmawf (187 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes! I like Kripke's work on Supernatural.

#45 Posted by CrimsonTempest (305 posts) - - Show Bio

I like it. I also want to see if there would be room for a Hellblazer TV series, or the Vertigo published Madame Xanadu, or a long shot, a show on Shade The Changing Man.

#46 Posted by MastaKilla (24 posts) - - Show Bio

I always thought Resurrection Man would have made a dope tv show..

#47 Posted by Blizaga101 (942 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadman is an amazing character, but he has no chance at filling the shoes of smallville. I cant think of any comic hero that could become a tv show and could contend with smallville

#48 Edited by sladewilson30 (207 posts) - - Show Bio

Why don't they make a show with one of the better DC characters, like Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon, or how about the New Gods?

#49 Posted by elayem98 (458 posts) - - Show Bio

deadmans a nobody...why make him live action before wonder woman and flash even get a movie/tv show

#50 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (4113 posts) - - Show Bio

This is awesome!

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