It looks like Tom Wheeler is about to get real busy, real quick, with two very different projects. For a man with not too many existing high-profile projects to his name, the timing may just be pure coincidence, but Wheeler has recently been signed on to write big-screen adaptations of toy line/Marvel comic Micronauts as well as a live-action telling of Nickelodeon cartoon Dora the Explorer.
NBC’s new superhero show The Cape doesn’t seem to be flying high. The show created by Tom Wheeler and starring David Lyons was introduced a mere two months ago is in a battle for it’s life and no super power alive may be able to save it. Originally, thirteen episodes of the show were set to air but were cut down to ten (must have been that SNL skit “The Scarf” that put the final nail in the coffin”). And most recently it was announced, the shows’ finale will not air on TV but rather be streamed online. WTF?! Talk about leaving your show with no dignity! So why exactly is a show that ideally should have come at the right time doing so poorly in the ratings?
In a time were everything superhero seems cool again (comic books, backpacks, action figures, movies) why wouldn’t it make sense to capitalize on that and bring this idea to life on the small screen?! And that’s just what NBC did with its show about an ex-cop who’s community and family thinks is dead decides to conceal his identity and fight for what is right. Sounds good right? Wrong.
The show just isn’t cutting. Maybe with all the superhero stuff like the Spiderman Reboot, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers all heading our way people were just on superhero overload. Even getting too much of a good thing is possible. Or maybe the show just sucks.
Honestly, ‘The Cape’ was meant to be the story of a man in the real world who adopts a comic-book persona. A dark, edgy take on the crusader bit with a sense of realism. Instead, its a over the top, silly, misguided, piece of derivative shit. Cheesy and stupid. NO wonder there is no mass appeal to the show.
For those who have watched The Cape what are your thoughts and what kind of life span do you think the show has? Two Seasons or will it not even get renewed??