It appears that The Spectre, the resident ectoplasmic superhero of DC Comics will be coming to Fox as a live-action TV series.
A creation of Superman co-creator, Jerry Siegel along with Bernard Baily, the character made his comic book debut back in 1940. The story depicts a Police Officer, Jim Corrigan, who is murdered, but finds himself as a spirit of justice whose responsibility is to help right wrongs and battle evil. His place in comic history was also set when he became a founding member of the very first super-team, The Justice Society of America.
How would the somewhat obscure character fare on a live-action TV show?
For the slot of initial scribe and exec producer, the network has now recruited Brandon Camp, whose work was known for the cult-fave, prematurely-canceled series, John Doe. (A 2002-2003 season casualty on Fox along with the legendary Firefly.) Also on board as producer, is Bill Gerber. (Gran Torino)
While nothing is known about how the show will be approached, the story implies that it should be ambitious in scale, which on a trigger-happy network like Fox, could be both a blessing and a curse.
Additionally, with a TV adaptation of fellow DC Comic property, Deadman in the works over at The CW with Supernatural creator, Eric Kripke in charge, it could also come down to a fight between two sci-fi/horror comic book-inspired shows with somewhat similar themes and origins. In fact, seeing as Fox moved sci-fi fave, Fringe to Fridays to seemingly target the audience of Supernatural, this may be an intentional move.
What do you think of The Spectre coming to the small screen? A dream come true? Or genre overkill?