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In the ever growing trend of comic book adaptions, Deadman will be the next to take a shot at television. Deadline announced that The CW will be developing the series based on the DC property. Eric Kripke, who created the network's longest running series, Supernatural, will be helming the new project. President of CW, Mark Pedowitz, expressed the importance of finding a replacement for Smallville, which ended in May after ten seasons; “We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero comes to be.”
Deadman revolves around Boston Brand, a murdered trapeze artist and acrobat. After his death he becomes a ghost with the ability to possess anyone. He uses his ability to help those he inhabits with their own challenges, while also hunting down his killer. Created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, the character first appeared in a 1967 issue of Strange Adventures.
Eric Kripke spent five years as show runner on Supernatural before stepping down to just an executive producer position. While he is writing and producing Deadman, his old series will be moving into its seventh season, which Pedowitz has suggested won't be the last.