Variety is reporting that DC Comics’ Secret Six is in development as a TV series for CBS, where they have a pilot production commitment. Rick Muirragui (Suits) will write and executive produce the series with Warner Bros. Television and fellow Executive Producers Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold via Doozer Productions.
Here’s how Variety describes the TV series’ take:
The project follows six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts. They are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite.
In the comics, that “enigmatic figure” is Mockingbird which means, if this goes to series, DC will get a Mockingbird as a lead on a television series before Marvel got a chance to. What the logline doesn’t say is which version of the Secret Six this involves — on the surface, it sounds a bit more like the original concept for the team, which would separate it from its DC superhero trappings and may make it stand out in the crowd of what seems like a dozen other DC shows.
The more modern take on the Secret Six featured characters like Deadshot, Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn, and Catman. As some of those characters are earmarked for movies we’ll see how that goes. The newer concept also was a lot more like Suicide Squad which is a movie franchise that James Gunn may soon be taking over.
It’s also interesting to note that the “who is Mockingbird” mystery wasn’t solved until the concept was revived in Action Comics Weekly twenty years later.
The last time a DC Comics series aired on CBS, it was the first season of Supergirl in 2015.