The CW Developing New Series Centered On HOURMAN

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225px-3hourmen_jhwilliams3When the long-in-the-tooth Smallville went off the air a few years back, the CW began scrambling to find a replacement to fill the super-hero void being left open. Not long after that, it was announced that Arrow will fill that spot, a new, darker and grittier take on the Green Arrow. The series, which recently entered into its sophomore year is a big hit and the network is now using it as a platform for other characters. Earlier this year, it was announced that The Flash would make his first appearance this season and will likely spin-off into his own series. There have been several other characters announced that will show up this season as well. Along with that, there is the Wonder Woman-based series, Amazon, which has been in development for some time. The CW is looking to expand their relationship with DC Comics even more, as it was announced today the network is planning a new drama based on Hourman.

According to THR, the new series will be penned by Michael Caleo (The Sopranos), who will also serve as executive producer, alongside Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz of Warner Brothers television. For those not familiar with the character, the series will focus on Hourman, a troubled, yet brilliant pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that plague him are really glimpses of tragic events that will occur one hour in the future. In order for him to win back his wife and son, he chooses to accept his fate and heroically steps in to prevent the potential tragedies.

The first version of the character, Rex Tyler, first appeared in 1940 and was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey. Later on, Rex’s son Rick took on the mantle of Hourman in DC’s Infinity Inc.#20.This version was created by  Roy ThomasDann Thomas and Todd McFarlane. Finally, in 1997 Grant Morrison and Howard Porter created Matthew Tyler, an android version of Hourman that was based on the original, Rex Tyler.  The character has been tied to numerous groups, including the Justice Society of America, Freedom Fighters, All-Star Squadron and the Justice League. 

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Source : THR