Superhero Drama RAVEN Coming to The CW

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Oh how we love our live-action superhero incarnations…from the Marvel mania that has been dominating silver screens for the past decade to scaled down versions of superhero classics like Smallville. Well, speaking of the CW, Variety reports that another superhero(ine) is destined to grace the boob tube. The CW is planning on adapting Raven, which will be written and produced by Diego Gutierrez who is known for his work as co-executive VP on V. The CW is hoping this will appease audiences who have enjoyed Smallville, which is ending its series run after this season. If you are familiar with DC comic mythology or have seen the highly entertaining Teen Titans cartoon series that used to be on the CW every Saturday morning, you might know about Raven – the half-demon half-human girl with a temper that chants strange alien words to levitate objects around her. But that’s not all; she can teleport and enter the minds of others and must constantly manage her emotions. If they get out of control, she could become a full demon (doesn’t sound too far from reality, ey guys?)

Hit the jump to check out some failed superhero developments you probably never knew about:

The CW has attempted to adapt other DC comic characters in the past. In 2008, it took a stab at the potentially drama-filled universe of Robin (the boy wonder sidekick to Batman who has not seen a live-action translation since the poor excuse of a film that Batman and Robin was). The network was planning on developing a show centered on Dick “DJ” Grayson acrobatic family before he took on the role of Robin and kicked ass in Batman’s shadow. This was to be titled The Graysons, and supposedly did not move forward because Warner Bros. Pictures Group prexy Jeff Robinov didn’t want the series to be on the air around the same time as Nolan’s Batman. Fortunately for fans of Raven, there are no other similar comic universes to run at the same time, aside from Teen Titans repeats.

The WB also tried to make a Smallville out of “Batman” in the spinoff Birds of Prety in 2002, but it did not last. Another past development that just couldn’t hang on the CW network was also a DC title, called Global Frequency. However, Fox’s Human Target, which was derived from a DC title, still remains. I hope Raven does better than its predecessors because it has an intriguing universe that deserves to be explored.




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  • Bmeansie

    Don’t forget about the Aquaman pilot with Justin Hartley

  • Aeonstrife

    I was thinking about this myself and sad to say I can’t really think of any other DC superhero working out for a TV series on a network channel. Smallville worked because Superman is an American icon from humble beginnings, the show focused on exploring his Kryptonian origin, it gave him a normal life with all the joys as well as all the pains, it made him into a realistic superhero that progressively evolves, it gave vast amounts of depth to every character and it adapted the source material into a definitive version.

    I can’t really any of that happening for Raven or any other DC superhero on a TV show. Like they say lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place.

    • GCPD

      Batman a series would rule them all!!!
      Or even a pre-Batman Gotham based Cop series with Gordon as the main character. It could have the rise of Arkhams nut jobs that eventually would become Bat-Villains. If done in a gritty tough adult way, with great writing it could beat all tv shows. Maybe have a few snippets of younger Bruce Wayne as Vigilante mode in a few episodes. Pre-cape.

      • chudleycannonfodder

        There’s a comic series called Gotham Central that’s focused on the jobs of the cops in Gotham which is similar to what you’re saying. And I agree 100%; Gotham Central could be an awesome tv show.

  • Aeonstrife

    I was thinking about this myself and sad to say I can’t really think of any other DC superhero working out for a TV series on a network channel. Smallville worked because Superman is an American icon from humble beginnings, the show focused on exploring his Kryptonian origin, it gave him a normal life with all the joys as well as all the pains, it made him into a realistic superhero that progressively evolves, it gave vast amounts of depth to every character and it adapted the source material into a definitive version.

    I can’t really any of that happening for Raven or any other DC superhero on a TV show. Like they say lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place.

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  • Liam

    She’s the emo poster girl for the Teen Titans. If they can manage to hook every one of those rabid and oh-so-hyper Twilight fans they would have a huge hit on the air. I think it could work.

  • Liam

    She’s the emo poster girl for the Teen Titans. If they can manage to hook every one of those rabid and oh-so-hyper Twilight fans they would have a huge hit on the air. I think it could work.

  • Stanley

    hmm this will be interesting to watch….i only have two questions.
    1. Will it be in the same universe of Smallville, with a chance on having a few of the actors who played superheroes guest star for Raven?
    2. when will they start working on it and get it on the air?

  • Michaelsmichael21

    Wow, great to hear about “Raven.” I hope the CW actually does something…and soon. There’s a lot of possible shows to produce…based on Wonder Woman, Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes), Aquaman, and Kamandi, just to name a few. A real cool one would be The Spectre…a show similar to “Dexter.”

  • Huh

    i dunno man, raven? really?

  • Alejandra

    I really have faith in this new show, maybe because I’m one her fans.
    I hope CW do this proj, ect, it’s a very good an ambitious one. Just they’ll have to think a lot about how to develop it, and the story they will follow, cause there are many version, so to speak.
    But principally, get out from their minds the twilight stuff, better that they don’t think about it, cause personally all that stuff is just fashion, just by the moment, something fleeting. Raven is much than just an emo girl. She’s not vampire, and even if she was, Twilight’s characters aren’t, they’re just pathetic, an insult to vampire fans (like me ¬¬).
    She represents an intern and old fight between good an evil, the typical redemption, but better, cause she hasn’t done anything, but she might, and deep down would want….Well, the point is that hope and want them to do this, hopefully they won’t leave this just as a proyect, and to know developing it, cause this has potential.
    And sorry to all the Twilight fans, I respect your tastes and the great writer that Stephanie Meyer is, but I hate that (Twilight ¬¬)
    CW, please, I wanna see Rae on TV!

  • Alejandra

    I really have faith in this new show, maybe because I’m one her fans.
    I hope CW do this project, it’s a very good and ambitious one. Just they’ll have to think a lot about how to develop it, and the story they will follow, cause there are many version, so to speak.
    But principally, get out from their minds the twilight stuff, better that they don’t think about it, cause personally all that stuff is just fashion, just by the moment, something fleeting. Raven is much than just an emo girl. She’s not vampire, and even if she was, Twilight’s characters aren’t, they’re just pathetic, an insult to vampire fans (like me ¬¬).
    She represents an intern and old fight between good an evil, the typical redemption, but better, cause she hasn’t done anything, but she might, and deep down would want….Well, the point is that hope and want them to do this, hopefully they won’t leave this just as a proyect, and to know developing it, cause this has potential.
    And sorry to all the Twilight fans, I respect your tastes and the great writer that Stephanie Meyer is, but I hate that (Twilight ¬¬)
    CW, please, I wanna see Rae on TV!

  • Raven

    I LOVE Raven as a DC character and would absolutely love to see her in a series resembling that of Smallville. She is a very interesting hero, to say the least. With a mysterious story such as her own it would be perfect for TV. They have a lot to work with in terms of her inner demons as well as the real ones and the many villains that exist. Soo much potential here.

  • lysa

    Ok first things first raven is not the Emo poster girl for the teen titan she is the goth poster girl :) second of twilight fans r dum teenage girls who like romance and crappy writting and wouldn’t know a real vampire if it bit them in the ass. Second off raven is probly one of the most complex characters in the teen Titans series she dark and morbid and has lots of story lines to go through. I think it could be awesome if they go with an American horror story like story line something edgy and shocking that makes people go what the hell it should push the onvelope and stand apart from smallville tell ravens story not Clark’s and not twilights

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