Only a few weeks after CW President Mark Pedowitz talked about the possibility of a new superhero franchise for the network that gave us Smallville, Deadline.com today revealed that Deadman -- which was once hinted by Geoff Johns as a possibility for a TV show -- is in development for The CW with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke developing it.
Clearly, Kripke is a master at supernatural elements for the CW audience. Earlier, Kripke was involved with a Sandman TV project that ultimately didn't happen - at least not in that incarnation.
In the original comics, Deadman is Boston Brand, a man who is murdered but lives on as a ghost who inhabits others' bodies and helps them solve problems in their own lives. For TV, surely there will be a twist -- and we anticipate hearing more details as soon as they become available.
The character of Deadman is also the star of one of DC's upcoming "New 52" comics initiative, featuring in the DC Universe Presents title. That series begins next month.