NBC has not had a good track record when it’s come to super hero shows. Remember the wasted opportunity that was Heroes? Or how about The Cape, which was the exact type of show the superhero genre didn’t need. Then, when they did eventually get a superhero show right, and manage to create a fanbase with something like Constantine… they went and cancelled it. Tsk…tsk. Whoever at NBC is in charge of making creative decisions (we can only assume it’s a Dr. Claw type character sitting in an overly sized chair stroking a cat) clearly doesn’t know a thing about the comic book / superhero genre. But to their credit, their aiming for a change-un’.
Coming in February, NBC will premier Powerless, the first situation comedy series set around the DC Universe. Moving on from there, NBC is jumping from one comic-verse to another. From DC to Top Cow Comics, with a reboot of Witchblade, the comic-book series that already inspired a short-lived TNT drama.
Sony Pictures Television and NBC Universal have confirmed to Comic Book that a Witchblade TV series is now being developed for NBC. The new version, which has landed a script commitment from the network, will launch with a pilot written by Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries; CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn is also on board as an executive producer.
Witchblade centers on Sara Pezzini, a homicide detective who discovers a bracelet that gives her incredible crime-solving abilities. The bracelet — known as the Witchblade — also prepares Sara to fight off supernatural evil.
Witchblade, based on the comic book series of the same name was created by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin, and Michael Turner back in 1995 – and ran for some twenty years thereafter. Yancy Butler starred in a TNT adaptation of Witchblade from 2001 to 2002, but that version only lasted for two seasons.
Witchblade cosplay by Jacqueline Goehner
If NBC wants to compete with CW’s Arrowverse, ABC’s Agent’s of Shield, and FOX’s Gotham and Lucifer, they need to kick it up a notch. Powerless looks funny and has some strong comedic actors but it looks like it might be too silly for it’s own good. Now, a show about cop who spends half her time in a metal clad bikini, yeah, Witchblade might just be the action-packed genre drama it needs to fill the void.