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DC's The Specter going to Fox

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Will it herald a new beginning in comic book media, or is it just another Fox bungle waiting to happen?...

The Spectre

Fox has announced that they are developing DC Comics’ character The Spectre for a new drama series. The Spectre was created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily (although, some reports claim that Baily was merely the first artist to work on the project) and first appeared in More Fun Comics #52 in February 1940. His story starts out when tough cop Jim Corrigan is murdered but refused entry into the afterlife. He then returns as The Spectre, and is sent about the task of seeking vengeance on those who are not brought to justice. He eventually became a member of the Justice Society of America, and over the years has had several runs and different storylines, eventually becoming the embodiment of the Wrath of God, and Corrigan just being the latest human he was attached to.

Brandon Camp, co-creator of Fox’s 2002 mystery drama John Doe, will write the adaptation, along with executive producing with Bill Gerber (Gran Torino). Camp was introduced to the character by Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer. This will be another reuniting of Fox and DC, a la their last collaboration, Human Target. But saying that reminds fans that things may not be as rosy as we’re meant to believe they are.

The first appearance of The Spectre, circa 1940While Fox may be the most ideal of the four major networks to showcase such a program, they certainly don’t have the best track record. Fox executives have a knack for taking too much control over projects such as this, or for mishandling or even cancelling programs before they ever get a foothold. With the aforementioned Human Target, Fox executives made drastic changes to the program for its second season, leaving fans angry and viewership down. And as anyone here at Shadowlocked can tell you, there have been far too many great programs that Fox has simply cancelled well before their time. Often, it’s because a show doesn’t fit a certain formula, and for that, the show has to suffer at their hands.

While I’m happy that DC is getting off of their collective duffs and trying to get back in the game with more movie and television adaptations of their fine comics – especially when Marvel’s properties have been hot tickets at theatres and on television – and I’m quite pleased that they’re trying to garner some interest in their second tier characters, I’m not sure this is the right fit. First, because the premise is a little too close to Fox’s short lived 90s program Brimstone, but also because I’m not sure they can handle such a character and keep him interesting. What say you, Shadowlocked readers? Does this program have a shot at greatness, or will the studio simply ruin another great program?

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See also:

Don't leave me this way: Tears in TV's cancellation graveyard

10 TV shows that shouldn’t have been axed


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#1 Fox and the Specter Vampyre 2011-11-07 18:46
This looks like a show I would watch but everything said about Fox is right on the money. They have ruined so many good shows in the past. When will they ever learn their lesson?
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