CW to Follow ‘Smallville’ With DC’s ‘Raven’?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

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Wondering what The CW is going to do once its Man of Steel finally finds his way out of Smallville? Us too. But according to Variety, fellow DC superhero Raven is next on tap for a TV series adaptation.

The network has asked Diego Gutierrez (co-executive producer of V) to write and exec produce. He’s previously worked on Without a Trace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. At this point only a script has been ordered, so a fully-developed project is tentative at best and at least a year out.

For the uninitiated, the comic version of Raven is the daughter of a human mother and the extra-dimensional demon Trigon (who bears a strong resemblance to pagan representations of the Judeo-Christian Satan).  She’s been an on-again, off-again, member of the Teen Titans and other DC superhero teams, and on a few occasions adopted the alter-ego of Rachel Roth. Her powers are typical dark witch/sorceress fare, including teleportation, control of shadows, empathic abilities, and a depth of arcane knowledge. In addition to regular appearances in comics as far back as 1980, Raven was one of five regulars in the now-concluded Teen Titans cartoon series.

Raven’s dark, brooding backstory would seem to jive with later seasons of Smallville and other CW shows like Supernatural. Raven’s a half-demon who straddles the line between a hero and an antagonist in the DC universe – the character’s much more Hellboy than Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In addition, another comic adaptation would allow The CW to draw on some of the same characters and story arcs that have made appearances alongside the Superman regulars on Smallville for the last ten seasons.

This wouldn’t be The CW’s only foray into into live-action superheroics since Clark Kent’s adventures in Kansas. In 2002, the WB aired a half-season of Birds of Prey, focusing on satellite characters in the Batman universe and loosely based on the comic of the same name. Despite a marketing blitz and appeals to both male and female audiences, the series quickly dropped in the ratings and wasn’t renewed. A pilot for Aquaman was developed but that series didn’t pan out either. Later attempts at building shows around Robin and Wonder Woman met similar fates. But with the country’s new-found love for capes and cowls, a series based on a D-lister like Raven might satisfy superhero junkies while allowing writers the freedom to develop the character in new and interesting ways.

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The 'Teen Titans' cartoon version of Raven.

That said, those hoping for a straight-up adaptation of the comics are probably out of luck. Considering that The WB declined to adapt the Aquaman pilot into a full series and that Smallville writers have been relatively sparing of costumed antics, a Raven series would probably focus on drama a la The Vampire Diaries. CW executives may have chosen the more obscure character to emulate past success with female-dominated supernatural fare like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Assigning Raven to Gutierrez, who has assistant credits under Joss Whedon for dozens of Buffy and Angel episodes, would seem to indicate this.

Some fans have wondered about a series based off of the Smallville version of Green Arrow, whose anti-hero antics might fit well with modern audiences. Justin Hartley’s portrayal of the character made an impact on viewers in Season 6 and he has been a steady recurring character on Smallville ever since. With the Supermax script featuring Green Arrow/Oliver Queen seemingly on ice, a TV show could have built up momentum for a big-screen debut.

Are you excited about a series adaptation of Raven? Would you rather see a series for Green Arrow, or another member of the Warner Brothers/DC lineup? How do you think Raven would fare against No Ordinary Family or NBC’s forthcoming The Cape? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Variety via io9

Raven/Teen Titans image by Dave Bullock

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  1. i think this is is a perfect idea Raven is an powerful but overlooked character that deserves some respect

  2. I absolutely love the RAVEN series idea, Raven is my favorite superhero/villain of all time! If I could I would march right up to CW and be like “if you are doing the Raven series count me in, I’ll watch it every day, week, or month if that’s what you decide.” I’m telling you guys go for it! E-Mail me if you need a Raven! lol I can’t wait for this to come out!

  3. I love this idea, if they need a boyfriend for raven I’d be willing ;)

  4. I freaking ADORE Raven! I used to read the comics and also tuned into CN to watch Teen Titans.. I would love it if this was made! <3

  5. Raven is and will forever be my favorite superhero of all time, but if they’re going to treat her like an overly dramatic soap opera, I’m out. She deserves better.

  6. I beleive the series would do amazingly well, from what I know a lot of girls in the US and Canada would like to be like Raven, and alot of guys would like to have a girlfriend like her. A series like this would get an amazing amount of support. But only if they keep it superhero action style, if they try to make it a drama though its going to crash very fast and when I say crash, I mean crash and burn.

  7. Anymore news on this? I know there’s a show about Green Arrow being done, “Arrow”, which I’m looking forward too, but I would really love this as well.

  8. I really want to see this turn into a show!

  9. Can’t wait but hopefully that change so much that she’s no longer raven. I feel in a way I know her maybe other people feel the same and to have her changed dramatically will redraw our attention else where, but I hope they do I’m already excited.

  10. I would love it! I’ve been saying since I first saw Raven’s story that she has a lot of potential. I would totally watch the series.

  11. I have been wanting something like this since i was 9, but when i think about im worried the show will either lack action, or be very repetitios with a single villain, seeing as Azerath was completely pacifist world. I hope they can be creative with the bad guys. Go Raven!

  12. I love Raven. I hope they do make a story on her.

    • I they do a story of her

  13. i think this is a great idea, Raven is often overlooked and would make an amazing main character in a tv series.
    who knows what could happen? The writers could probably do just about anything with her.