DC continues to throw stuff against the wall, hoping it will stick.
That’s right, I’m talking about Supergirl coming to CBS. We’ve got Helen Slater returning to the property that could have killed her burgeoning career, as well as Dean Cain. They’re both in undisclosed roles, and someone thought it was a great idea to bring them back to a property they’re associated with.
Supergirl was a flop, plain and simple. There aren’t many people who can claim to have seen it in the past 20 years. It’s very often remembered as an “Oh, yeah,” moment. And now, a tv series is being made about her.
I’m hopeful, but not overly so. I didn’t watch Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, because I didn’t like the fact that Superman didn’t fight many supervillains. I didn’t watch Smallville because I’m not much of a Superman fan, let alone a young Superman. I’m hoping that, with a decent budget, this show can at least meet the bar that Arrow and The Flash have set for me.
But again, it’s DC putting another show on tv, on another network, without it touching anything else. If they’re going to do this, they might as well do some other properties that could use some love and a higher profile.
Deadman comes to mind. His entire origin story could make for a great first season show: Boston Brand, circus trapeze artist, is murdered. Why? And why was he given the power to possess the living? These two questions would drive the entire first season. It would be interesting. Give him supernatural villains to fight, as well as mysteries to solve as he investigates his own murder. Success, right there.
Mister Terrific. Michael Holt, because we need diversity in television. I have no idea what the story would be, but it would be technology based. Basically, this would be a good sci-fi show that’s down to earth. Know what? I lied when I said I didn’t know what the story would be about. It would be about responsibility, and living up to the responsibility of your actions. This would be a great time to get Checkmate on television.
Green Lantern: John Stewart. This continues the need for diversity in television, and is another sci-fi show. Take the Justice League cartoon version of John Stewart and translate him to live action. Earth-based space-cop adventures ensue.
Plastic Man. Because levity is always necessary. I’m talking about a superhero comedy where Plas is as ridiculous as he is, and everyone else is the straight man. This could be loads of fun. Remember the Tick cartoon and how funny that was? Do that, but live-action. (Forget the Tick’s live-action series. That was doomed to failure from the pilot episode.)
Four shows that basically show that DC doesn’t need to lean on Batman and Superman. (Because Smallville and now Supergirl lean on Superman, and Gotham leans on Batman.) This shows diversity of characters as well as the depth of the DC bench. I think it would be a good move.