A new rumor suggests Greg Berlanti and The CW are working on television shows about Deadman, The Question, Dial H for Hero, and Metal Men.
The rumor comes from TVO at the Lords of the Long Box YouTube channel. On his most recent livestream, TVO started the show off with his Berlanti scoop.
TVO states, “Berlanti has got some options that he’s doing for CW. Metal Men, which we scooped here a few months ago. Dial H for Hero is coming. He’s working on Deadman. And The Question.”
TVO speculates that these shows could potentially fill the slots after Arrow and Supernatural wrap up their final seasons. “If you watch CW you know Arrow is going away and Supernatural is going away. Those are two long running shows that they need to fill the slot for. Look forward to that.”
Matt McGloin at Cosmic Book News reports that these new shows could be introduced in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover event. He notes that he was “told Crisis will be huge and possibly the DC Universe a soft reboot with previous rumors offering more of the same in that following Crisis on Infinite Earths the Arrowverse will be a lot different.”
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that The CW would introduce new characters that could be spun off into their own shows in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The CW previously introduced Ruby Rose’s Batwoman in the Elseworlds crossover. She appeared in crossover episodes on The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl. Batwoman now has her own show about to debut on The CW.
The Metal Men were originally introduced in Showcase #37 back in 1962. They were created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. The Metal Men are a team of robots whose original line-up included Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Tin, and Platinum with their personalities based off their metals namesake. They were all created by Dr. William “Will” Magnus. The team originally operated in their own universe, but would eventually be incorporated into the DC Universe at large interacting with Batman, Atom, and Metamorpho.
During the Infinite Crisis story arc, the Metal Men worked to protect Metropolis from the Secret Society of Super Villains. They would also be deployed by Lucius Fox as security for WayneTech. Most recently, a number of the members of the team went to confront Dr. Manhattan on Mars and are part of the Justice League.
Dial H for Hero
Dial H for Hero originally debuted in House of Mystery #156 from creators Jim Mooney and Dave Wood. The concept of the story sees individuals use a rotary dial to select the letters H-E-R-O in order. Upon dialing Hero, the user is transformed into a superhero for a short period of time.
In the 1980s, DC Comics would have readers submit superhero ideas and incorporate them into the storyline. The series was recently revived by writer Sam Humphries and artist Joe Quinones and stars Miguel Montez who comes into possession of the H-dial.
Deadman first appeared in Strange Adventures #205 and was created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino.
Deadman is a former Boston trapeze artist named Boston Brand, who used Deadman as his stage name. After Brand is murdered, he is granted the power to seek justice by the Hindu god Rama Kushna. Rama Kushna grants Brand the ability to possess living beings. In his pursuit of justice he would uncover the villains organization known as The Scavengers.
Deadman would get a retconned origin in DC Comics’ New 52 line of comics. After he is assassinated, he is forced to possess individuals in order to avoid an eternity in Hell. He would also go on to join the Justice League Dark team and help in taking down Dr. Mist and Faust Sr.
The Question also known as Charles Victor Szasz or Vic Sage was created by Steve Ditko and first appeared in Charlton Comics’ Blue Beetle #1. The original Vic Sage would operate out of Hub City as an investigative journalist. He followed the philosophy of objectivism, and would use a substance called Pseudoderm to disguise his identity and pursue crime fighting that his TV personality was unable to pursue.
After being acquired by DC Comics, the character would focus on fighting corrupt government officials in Hub City after receiving martial arts training from Richard Dragon.
Gotham police officer Renee Montoya would succeed Vic Sage as The Question following his death.
Maybe the most popular version of the character was portrayed in the Justice League Unlimited series. In that version, The Question is a conspiracy theorist, who is able to put together the clues that Lex Luthor and the United States government are conspiring together.
Would you be interested in seeing any of these teams or characters in an upcoming The CW television series?