CW president Mark Pedowitz, speaking to reporters after unveiling the network's 2012-13 lineup to advertisers, has confirmed that CW and Eric Kripke ("Supernatural") are still involved in development of a live-action, TV series adaptation of the DC Comics' character "Deadman", for Warner Bros Television.
Debuting in DC's "Strange Adventures" #205 (October 1967), the 'Deadman' character was created by writer Arnold Drake and illustrator Carmine Infantino, with artist Neal Adams noted for his impressive work on the series. Formerly a circus trapeze artist named 'Boston Brand' who performed under the name 'Deadman', complete with red costume and white corpse makeup, the character is murdered during a performance by the mysterious 'Hook'. Brand's spirit is then given the power to possess any living being by the Hindu goddess 'Rama Kushna', in order to search for his killer and obtain justice.
Invisible to mortal eyes, Brand merely has to touch someone to immediately possess their body, while retaining his own mind and with the ability to shift quickly from one body to another.
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