Smallville is wrapping up and the CW is looking for something to replace it in the lineup. Out of no where comes Raven.
According to Variety, the network is possibly going to adapt Raven as a new series. A script has already been ordered from Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment, with former V co-executive producer Diego Gutierrez onboard to write and executive-produce it.
You mean Raven, from the Teen Titans? Really, the cartoon show? That Raven?”
“Yeah, that Raven, but live action. Go figure.”
Time to take a closer look, there must be some reason to choose Raven. What’s hot right now? Vampires, magic, teen romance, maybe throw in a little super hero action.
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Raven has everything the
CW’S “young adult” audience could want.
Dark, brooding, gloomy, qualities of a vampire? CHECK!
Raven has emotional powers that cause her to be detached and distant from others. These same powers often cause her to reach out to those in true need. (Damn, I’m just about writing the scripts for them.) The character was created by Marv Wolfman (writer) and George Pérez (artist extraordinaire). The description from Wolfman to Pérez was of a female Phantom Stranger type character. Pérez notes that: . . . “the hood – which I designed to look like an actual bird’s head – was my contribution, along with the fact that I wanted to give her a dress. She did not look like an action character, because she was wearing an impractical costume for action.”
Magical happenings and powers? CHECK!
Raven can separate her spirit from her physical form and “scout” or fight, she can heal others, taking their pain into herself, Raven can also project emotions onto others. She once made Wally West (Kid Flash) love her in order to get him to join the Titans. Then she did it again to Nightwing (That’s Dick Grayson, the first Robin for you non comic book nerds) later in life. One fear is that if Raven feels strong emotions that the Demon side of her heritage could take over with disastrous results. Check out the Teen Titan Trade of “Terror of Trigon” to get schooled in classic Raven mythos.
Teen Romance? CHECK!
It’s the CW, there’s not a show there that doesn’t have the teen angst and romance department covered. There will be no problem with Raven covering those bases either. Enrolled in high school will give Raven lots of time to attract young hot guys from all the clix groups at high school. You can just hear Grace (Principals secretary) from Ferris Bueller’s Day off now, “Oh, she’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore her. They think she’s a righteous dudette.”
Super Hero action? CHECK!
With Raven’s empathic powers she won’t be able to stop herself from butting into every one’s problems at the high school she is attending. Wait, why would she attend high school? Well you see Raven gets reincarnated . . . about as much as most super heroes these days. Does anyone stay dead in the comic book world these days?
Tons of guest stars to help move the story along? CHECK!
Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, heck all the Teen Titans plus any of the already established heroes of Smallville. Bring on the sidekicks! Wouldn’t it be a hoot if there was other superhero sidekicks at the same high school? Each trying to protect their secret identities while bumping into each other in the hall at school during the day and then on the rooftops at night?
Problems with her Parents? CHECK!
Her dad is a despotic demon ruler of an interdimensional realm for heaven’s sake. Her mother pretty much dropped her off at a monestary and let the monks raise her. There’s plenty of room to have Raven see what good parents look like from those at the school as well as the dark side of parents that shouldn’t have ever had kids. We’ll see both sides of that coin for sure.
Who’s taken the show’s reins?
Diego Gutierrez, (Not the soccer player) most recently served as co-exec VP on “V,” is writing and will executive produce the new show. Gutierrez has some pretty impressive experience in television. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Without a Trace, the guy has had a hand in some great stuff. He was the assistant to Josh Whedon for 71 episodes of Buffy. That along buys him a season to get me on board the Raven band wagon. Check out his background at IMDB.