It looks like DC Comics CW based TV universe is about to gain a new resident. What costumed vigilante will be joining the now established
Green Arrow and the forthcoming Flash on the small screen? Could it be Batman? Maybe Superman or Wonder Woman? Nope, the truth might surprise you a little. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that DC/CW are teaming up to develop new TV series based on Hourman. A character that has been around since the golden-age through a few iterations. Michael Caleo (Ironside, The Sopranos) has been tapped to write and executive produce the project loosely based on the comic book character. I say loosely because originally Hourman was Rex Tyler, a brilliant chemist who developed the “miraculous vitamin” Miraclo that would give him enhanced physical abilities for one hour. Rex would later pass the mantle on to his son, Rick Tyler, who would in turn be replaced by Matthew Tyler (who was actually a robot replicant of Rex because comics).
Now here is the loose bit, according to THR this TV series will be about ‘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. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.‘ Which sounds a little closer to the second Hourman, Rick, who gained the ability to see one hour in the the future after exposure to tachyons (time particles. Comics everybody!). Even with that it seems a little bit of a stretch to me, but maybe that is the gritty/dramatic tone that brief little synopsis had coupled with painful/vague memories of CBS’s Early Edition.
If Hourman makes it to the small screen he will join Arrow (now in it’s second season) and a possible Flash TV series which has a backdoor pilot coming through the former later this season. Outside CW a few other networks still have plans for DC properties with Constantine over at NBC and FOX’s plans to develop a crime procedural called Gotham. The Booster Gold pilot is still in limbo over at SyFy but until I see a corpse I will continue to cling.