DC Comics’ ‘The Spectre’ In Development For Fox Television
It was just last month that we told you about Boston Brand aka Deadman’s possible possession of The CW Network, but it seems yet another supernatural DC Comics character may be haunting your televisions in the not too distant future: The Spectre. The project is at Fox and is being written by Brandon Camp of John Doe. Gran Torino’s Bill Gerber will produce with Warner Bros. According to Deadline, Camp became involved with The Spectre after being introduced to the concept by DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
Although known these days as an omnipotent, cosmic being tasked by God with dispatching occasionally horrific vengeance upon the wicked, the Spectre, as created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily back in 1940, was more simply a murdered police officer, Jim Corrigan, who was sent back from the afterlife to avenge his own murder and those of other innocent victims. Within the last few years, The Spectre’s “host” has become Gotham City’s Detective Crispin Allen, whose origin is similar to Corrigan’s. While it’s not stated which character the show will spotlight, Deadline’s description of the proposed series would seem to have more in common with the Spectre’s original style than with the more fantastical modern versions:
The Spectre, which has received a script commitment, centers on a former cop serving time in afterlife limbo who hunts down earthly criminals on behalf of the dead – and mortals soon to be dead if ultimate justice is not served.
The Spectre would be Fox’s second DC Comics adaptation following Human Target, which of course did not resemble its comic book source material in really any shape or form. Let’s hope the parties have more luck with The Spectre.