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CW developing new hour-long drama series based on DC's Hourman

Nov. 5, 2013by: Paul Shirey

DC comics continues it's slow burn of bringing its large stable of comic characters to the big (and small) screen as the CW is now developing an hour-long drama series based on Hourman, a mostly second-tier character from the comics company. DC/CW has had great success in the small-screen market, with the Superman-based series Smallville running 10 seasons and their latest series, Arrow (based on Green Arrow) into its second season with the promise of introducing one of their mainstay's, The Flash, who will then spinoff into his own series.

In addition, the network is also actively developing a series based on Constantine, which was formerly adapted into a film version starring Keanu Reeves, and is still mulling over the Wonder Woman themed show, Amazon, which is the equivalent of Smallville only with the famed lasso-wielding heroine. There's also the Gotham TV series that focuses on Jim Gordon over at Fox. Perhaps DC is happy to dominate TV for a while, as Marvel prepares to invade as well.

Here's the rundown on Hourman:

Hourman centers on 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.

I don't know if DC is just going for "what works" in trying to exploit their characters on the small screen or if there's a bigger plan at work (i.e. crossing over their big screen efforts with the small screen ones). Producers have said that The Flash TV series would not interfere with the planned THE FLASH movie, but who's to say that couldn't be some misdirection? I guess the model "if it isn't broken why fix it?" applies here, but with Marvel leading the pack in terms of a cinematic universe, I have to wonder why we keep hearing about new TV shows for DC characters instead of new films. Guess we'll just have to be patient, right? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Hourman is in active development, but no airdate is specified. The next DC cinematic adventure will be BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, hitting on July 17, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone remember that Aquaman pilot that starred Justin Hartley (who later became Green Arrow on Smallville)?

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12:31PM on 11/06/2013

hmmmm

Did he have the ability to see into the future? I honestly don't remember much beyond the addictive hour of power pill. I'd much rather see a noir-heavy Question show based on Jeffrey Combs interpretation of him from Justice League Unlimited
Did he have the ability to see into the future? I honestly don't remember much beyond the addictive hour of power pill. I'd much rather see a noir-heavy Question show based on Jeffrey Combs interpretation of him from Justice League Unlimited
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3:27AM on 11/06/2013
I'm a big DC fan but I'm lukewarm to the news of an Hourman TV show. A whole long list of characters I'd rather see a TV show of before him. A live-action team series would have a lot of potential.
I'm a big DC fan but I'm lukewarm to the news of an Hourman TV show. A whole long list of characters I'd rather see a TV show of before him. A live-action team series would have a lot of potential.
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10:46PM on 11/05/2013
I'm all for this cause Hourman isnt a character that should at this point get a big screen treatment, but with a Tv show they can truely flush out the character and introduce him to a wider audience. DC/WB is sitting on so many vast amount of characters they have so much to pick and choose from. Arrow is an awesome show so let see where they take this one.
I'm all for this cause Hourman isnt a character that should at this point get a big screen treatment, but with a Tv show they can truely flush out the character and introduce him to a wider audience. DC/WB is sitting on so many vast amount of characters they have so much to pick and choose from. Arrow is an awesome show so let see where they take this one.
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9:16PM on 11/05/2013

Who the fuck is Hourman?!

I've been into comics for an overwhelming amount of my life and I've never heard of this guy until now? Way to pick 'em DC!

(Never got into Smallville, but Supes aint my hero of choice... But that Arrow show is the tits so far... only baring mild CW melodrama.)
I've been into comics for an overwhelming amount of my life and I've never heard of this guy until now? Way to pick 'em DC!

(Never got into Smallville, but Supes aint my hero of choice... But that Arrow show is the tits so far... only baring mild CW melodrama.)
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10:48PM on 11/05/2013
Hourman is a classic hero man, he's been around since the 1940s!
Hourman is a classic hero man, he's been around since the 1940s!
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6:45PM on 11/05/2013
I never got in to Smallville...on the count of not taking an interest in it until 4 seasons in...and then the patchy tv scheduling of the reruns and trying to watch the current run at the sometime ruined my enjoyment of it all....but from what I saw...it wasn't bad (though I still think the best thing by far about it was Justin Hartley's Arrow). However, Arrow season 2 is truly reaching levels of awesomeness at this moment in time....so I'm all for more the people behind these shows to give us
I never got in to Smallville...on the count of not taking an interest in it until 4 seasons in...and then the patchy tv scheduling of the reruns and trying to watch the current run at the sometime ruined my enjoyment of it all....but from what I saw...it wasn't bad (though I still think the best thing by far about it was Justin Hartley's Arrow). However, Arrow season 2 is truly reaching levels of awesomeness at this moment in time....so I'm all for more the people behind these shows to give us more. I've been really hard on WB's attempts to develop their cinematic universe...but they have a great handle on the TV shows. Agents of Shield can learn many things from Arrow. In terms of including the TV shows in to the great DC cinematic universe...I'm not so sure. I was before...but the more of I see of Arrow....the more I feel the he and Batman are simply far too much alike....so it would be better to keep the Arrow out of it. Still, Im not too keen on having two live action versions of the Flash running around. Incidentally, the Arrow was portrayed fantastically well in the Justice League Unlimited animated series as well...what's with that? Its a wonder why hes a second tier character!
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5:30PM on 11/05/2013
Apart from Batman, DC sure does have some lame-ass "heroes".
Apart from Batman, DC sure does have some lame-ass "heroes".
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5:13PM on 11/05/2013
So how long before we stop calling the CW and start calling it DCTV?
So how long before we stop calling the CW and start calling it DCTV?
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3:42PM on 11/05/2013
The premise sounds kind of lame. We've seen shows like that before. I really like Arrow and I'm curious to see what they do with the Flash, but this might be the point where they're just going too far.
The premise sounds kind of lame. We've seen shows like that before. I really like Arrow and I'm curious to see what they do with the Flash, but this might be the point where they're just going too far.
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3:38PM on 11/05/2013
All I gotta say is that I am loving the hell out of Arrow. It's one of the shows that I watch that I really look forward to every week. I think it's much better than what Marvel has going with Agents of Shield.
All I gotta say is that I am loving the hell out of Arrow. It's one of the shows that I watch that I really look forward to every week. I think it's much better than what Marvel has going with Agents of Shield.
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6:17PM on 11/05/2013
I agree here. I only watched the first episode of SHIELD and never had the urge to return. Arrow on the other hand, caught my attention right away and hasn't let go. The twists and turns this season have been especially exciting. One if my favorite shows right now.
I agree here. I only watched the first episode of SHIELD and never had the urge to return. Arrow on the other hand, caught my attention right away and hasn't let go. The twists and turns this season have been especially exciting. One if my favorite shows right now.
3:29AM on 11/06/2013
I'm frankly thrilled by all the references to the larger DC Universe on the show. The ship called Amazo, Black Canary and Sin operating out of a clocktower, live-action Deathstroke...I really hope it gets better and better.
I'm frankly thrilled by all the references to the larger DC Universe on the show. The ship called Amazo, Black Canary and Sin operating out of a clocktower, live-action Deathstroke...I really hope it gets better and better.
2:47PM on 11/05/2013

tibbit mercy reef

Mercy Reef sucked scales. You can see it on you tube. the first two to call themselves (father and later son.)Hourman in the comics popped pills to get powered up for an hour it was called Miraculo. The third was a robot from the future who went all "evil" after a few months. These days we call what Hourman got from his pills "roid rage".
Mercy Reef sucked scales. You can see it on you tube. the first two to call themselves (father and later son.)Hourman in the comics popped pills to get powered up for an hour it was called Miraculo. The third was a robot from the future who went all "evil" after a few months. These days we call what Hourman got from his pills "roid rage".
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2:30PM on 11/05/2013

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