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As superheroes go, it hardly gets more obscure than the Hourman, especially when a major network like the CW announces that they are developing a TV series based on that very DC character. So, it looks like the network which brought you Arrow and soon, The Flash, is also bringing you Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey‘s Hourman to TV, with the help of Sopranos writer Michael Caleo.

The very first thing you should know about Hourman is that he’s really only super for an hour (unlike the more popular superheroes who are super all the time). He’s an obscure character created in 1940 by Fitch and Baily, who occasionally showed up as supporting member of different superhero teams. He’s a “brilliant-yet-troubled” scientist, who invents a miracle drug and tests it on himself (like so many superheroes and villains have). The drug then gives him superpowers like super strength, super speed, super endurance, etc, but the downside is that it’s only for one hour. (Have we made that clear enough yet?)

Here’s THR description of the new version of the character:

“Hourman is 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.”

One must commend the CW for developing all of these obscure superhero projects. One of their current hits is Arrow, which has a spin-off based on The Flash in the works. There’s also a show coming about Wonder Woman title Amazon, and an adaptation of the ’40s pulp character The Avenger, which was just announced earlier this week.

What do you think? Who should play Hourman? Are you a fan of the character?

Source:  [via ComingSoon]