The CW Developing Hourman TV Series
With the CW having a huge success with the drama based on a DC superhero, Smallville, and the current popularity of the drama based on a different DC superhero, Arrow, it’s no surprise that the network is working on other dramas based on DC superheroes. A show about the Flash has already been confirmed and they’re building up to it in Arrow, and they’ve been trying forever to get a Wonder Woman show off the ground. Now it seems the CW is taking another swing with a different DC superhero. That hero… is Hourman! Kind of.
THR is reporting that the CW is developing a show based around the founding member of the Justice Society of America, but apparently only in name. In the comics, Hourman derives his abilities from Miraclo, a vitamin that gives the person who ingests it superhuman strength and speed for one hour. In the show, Hourman is…
… a brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future.
He will spend the series trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-wife and son (and presumably himself) by stopping his horrible visions before they come to pass.
Michael Caleo, a story editor for The Sopranos, is penning the script and executive producing the series along with Lin Pictures’ head of TV Dan Lin and Warner Bros. Television’s Jennifer Gwartz.
I am not that familiar with Hourman and don’t really have much investment in the character, but I don’t particularly like the change from super-vitamin man to psychic. It almost sounds like they’re developing a show based on the Nicolas Cage movie Next and slapping the Hourman name on it because they couldn’t get the actual rights. I have no idea how this show will turn out but I’m leaning towards the “Not Good” end of the spectrum.