The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday that The CW is currently developing a new tv series based on yet another character from the DC universe, setting their sights on Rex Tyler (aka ‘Hourman’) as their next superhero series. According to THR, the series will tell the story of the “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.”
While not as mainstream as Green Arrow or The Flash, the “Hourman” character is one of the oldest in DC Comics’ vast roster of superheroes. Rex Tyler was first introduced in the pages of Adventure Comics #48 in 1940 where he developed a highly-addictive drug called Miraclo that gave him super abilities and strength which lasted approximately 60 minutes.
The plans for an “Hourman” series are just the latest in a long-history of DC-based projects that The CW has attempted to bring to the small screen. In addition to the wildly-successful “Arrow” and “Smallville” series, the network has also attempted to bring such characters as Dick Grayson (Robin) and his family to our tv sets and even developed a pilot for an Aquaman series that never got picked up. The network is currently developing “Flash” based on the high-speed superhero from the comics that will directly tie-in to “Arrow.”
Michael Caleo (“Ironside”) is currently writing the pilot for “Hourman” and will act as executive producer alongside Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz.