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. Surely it would have made sense to introduce the character on Smallville first…

    • I agree. They already have Cyborg. Why not have Oliver tell Cyborg to make a new team of heroes… the Titans?

      • If Smallville had another season, they could have introduced the Titans, but it would be cool to have Oliver flippantly mention Victor has his own team, “they’re a real bunch of titans”

        • I like it. Maybe Oliver’s last line in the series

          • I wouldn’t say last line in the series. But they should mention it.

            • Not THE last line, Oliver’s last line. Then cut to Clark and Lois have them talking for 5 minutes with lines that make every nerd jump out of their seat in excitement, then have Clark fly off to save the day in the Superman costume. Yes, that would be nice :)

          • I love that idea!! Just a nice little touch there are the end- and then if they do a Raven series, the story can continue being a subplot there. I think it would pull together the CW’s little DC hero mythology nicely.

  2. If ever a character screamed TEEN ANGST….. You people think those sparkly vampires are bad what till you see what the CW does to this.

    I blame Buffy. No I haven’t revisited it… I tried but I could not get over the first episodes…. I appreciate the effort in getting me to try and watch it but just no.

    Lovely (didnt read the article b4 I started posting) and seeing who is slated to write/produce…… bwahahaha.

    O well. Another superhero that would have been pretty interesting tossed into the toilet pooed on and then flushed. Or I could be wrong….. we will see.

    • I agree. I can’t see them developing the story as darkly as they should. Looks like another teeny bopper pile of ####. We will see I guess.

  3. Not crazy about the character, and after seeing Birds Of prey not sure what to say. Maybe if she guest starred on a new show like a Green Arrow Spin-off, but im more interested in seeing Green Arrow have his own film. I would be in favor of live action Batman show thats been mentioned about.

    • I too want a Green Arrow spin off, or a JLA spin off, with Clark making the odd appearance.

      • Really… Green Arrow spin-off. Smallville is to tv as what CSI (the tv show) is to law enforcement.

        Now where are my shades…

  4. Bad Idea. This would be just like the Birds of Prey. Maybe cool at first then drop in ratings like a rock. I don’t think she demands her own show, or would draw enough interest. Surely they can find a better character.

  5. I would like to see a show based on Nightwing with Batman making the odd appearance.

    • You and me both. The Dick Grayson character gets a bum rap from the Adam West Batman and general sidekick syndrome – he really comes into his own as Nightwing.

      • I agree Nightwing has got to be my favorite DC character.

  6. She’s one of my top five DC characters. I would love to see Raven get her own series. Although, I’m not sure if she’s popular enough to make a sucessful series.

  7. I was only ever familiar with her through Teen Titans. Thus, this incarnation of her will likely be unrecognizable to me.

    But hey, great characters deserve different interpretations, and she’s a great character.

  8. How is it that CW is the only one wanting to do shows on other DC heroes other than Superman and Batman? I like it, would rather have a Green Arrow, but I can deal with it.

    • Licensing. Warner Brothers owns DC, so it’s unlikely that they’d allow the comics characters onto anything other than CW (joint owned by WB and CBS), at least for first-run shows.

      • Well yeah I understand that, (tho I didn’t that CW was joint owned by WB and CBS) but WB is only showing different characters on CW but not doing it on the big screen as they are with Superman and Batman. At least Marvel has been getting different characters out there, so why cant WB follow suit?

        • didn’t know*

  9. Nope not a fan of Raven, why not do a show with Zatanna. or Wonder Women, heck why not a live action Teen Titans. Personally I’d like to see Green Arrow get his own show.

    • a live action teen titans wont happen. first off, anyone that doesnt know the comics but know the show will immediately associate it with the cartoon, and thus it probably wont be taken that seriously. plus were already getting a second helpin of Teen Titans in the form of Young Justice.

      I could see a live action Teen Titans lasting one season at most.

  10. What if they did a whole JLA TV show with the same Smallville characters and maybe a few new one? Just a thought.

  11. According to the folks over at TheCW, they are focused on a very specific demographic. Female – Young Adult (18-30). Raven fits their demographic criteria perfectly. Once “Smallville” has ended this season, “Supernatural” will be the only CW show that speaks to the male demographic.

    Around a few days ago, TheCW order the show “Nikita” to become action-free. Instead of being a fast paced action show, it will now be dominated by ‘personal love relationships & drama’.

    Since I only watch the CW for “Smallville” and “Supernatural”, I will no longer be watching the network when “Smallville” has completed its cycle.

    “Raven” is just following the criteria setup by those who are running TheCW. Or, the soon to be all women channel for young female adults.

    • LMAO , whatever
      Raven would make for a great gateway between Smallville and a new DC show, this show could also lend to making a more cohesive DC TV Universe. The Introduction of Raven would allow Dc to use characters from Smallville that have already been established in their series. They could very easily have Bart and Victor show up and take the Green Arrow role as well as intorduce new charcters such as Garth(Beast Boy) and Starfire. They could also bring some villians over from Smallville such as Death Stroke (Hogan) and Checkmate. This show would lack or be prevented from having certain heroes on it such as , Robin, Superboy, or Wonder girl, but the titans have a great history of stories, heroes and vilian to pull from.

      • beast boys name is Garfield. Aqualads name is garth.

    • Thank you. Couldn’t have said it better.

  12. Ok…

    This character has got my favourite origin story. It is very dark to say the least. As for her being on Teen Titans, WTF is my only response.

    This could be a great show, shame it will most probably get the Buffy/Vampire Diaries makeover.

    Look up her origin story, especially the part of her fathers origin…. very dark.

  13. I’ve always liked Raven but I don’t think CW is going to be willing to budget what is necessary to visually pull off what makes the the character and her origin great. I could of course be wrong but if I see “daddy” appear as a normal sized guy with some make-up (ala Legend’s Tim curry look) I will change the channel and never return.

  14. I’m not really into it.
    I will watch it and see what they progress but they have to have something with superheroes, if it is about a girl with a drama lfe in school im out!

    Hopefully that is not the case.
    by the way you wrote ‘Trigun’ it really is ‘Trigon’

  15. Raven sounds good, perhaps there is a hint of teen titans in smallville. As mentioned earlier, they already have Cyborg. Does anybody know what happened to that blue bettle test clip they showed. I would love to see a Justice League spinoff, but know will not happen.

  16. Um, Who the Heck is Oliver Quinn? Oliver QUEEN is the Green Arrow.

  17. Everything is fixed. Thanks for the heads up, everyone. No more snarky remarks needed. 😉

  18. I like Raven, but I’d rather see a series based on Terra from the Teen Titans.

    • I agree. Terra’s character would be great to explore. I’d like to see a live action movie about her working for Slade like she did in TT. That little cluster of episodes were great!!!

  19. I saw co-producer of V and immediately wanted to run. I’ll watch it, only because it’s Raven, but if this is mishandled, I completely give up on the CW

  20. Yeah, I’m not so convinced this would be a long term ratings hit. Such a unkown comic character for mainstream audiences.. There’s not a lot of range in the character herself, the tone of the series would start of dark and just get darker and darker.

    A Wonder Woman beginning could work and theres a lot more mythology to wokr with. You could begin with the origin of the amazons, Hippotyla, Zeus, Ares and then work into Diana’s upbringing in Thermyscria, before having her the present day world. There’s a lot more mileage in this concept and the series could be in a similar vein of 300, Rome or Spartacus – in terms of the style and not the violence of course!!! It would have more chance then of appealing to the male demographic.

    I think Green Arrow may be too established in Smallvile to appear fresh but would be much less of a risk for producers as people are well familiar with the character already.

    An 11th season of Smallville, we can only hope and pray…..

    • But a network like the CW, who’s main viewing percentage is made up of 13-18 years old girls, could probably pull off the dark female character…

    • I’m agree with you, Wonder Woman has a way to walk by, there’s mithology and all of that, it would be nice that they make a show about her too, but, c’mon, Raven is not that bad, she has good, great story too..!
      about the 11th season of smallville, you’re right, just left hoping…

  21. Raven is a PERFECT fit for The CW!
    whoever came up with this idea,
    should get a raise NOW!

    • I’m completely agree with you, THAT PERSON SHOULD GET A RAISE..!

  22. The whole thing just sounds imbalanced if you ask me. Though I guess the idea has a certain legitimacy even though it puts the viewer way down the characters history just to satisfy a TV budget and a targeted niche audience. Making the show too fantastical from the beginning might be too risky, perhaps better to let the character evolve back to where she was before this part of her history. That history could always serve as backstory fodder and hang on to an audience with revealing takes from time to time. Better to strike renewed interest in the comic too, from a untapped market sector. Some just can’t wait to get the rest of the story…

  23. This could have some early appeal, but why Raven without the hood? I don’t get it. NO. Keep the hood, at least for a ceremonial-special occasion.

    The only other characters I can think of is those that appeared on Smallville (Green Arrow, Black Canary) that could be spun off. That said, I know that if Raven gets past season one, I DON’T want The Teen Titans showing up–even though there will be a strong temptation to do so!

  24. ” I DON’T want The Teen Titans showing up–even though there will be a strong temptation to do so!”

    A main full episode I wholeheartedly agree Darren, but short out-takes, conversations between her and say Robin or one of her other former team mates for some reason? Cleverly done and lightly used it could add to the shows popularity.

  25. This really couldn’t be a worse idea. If you are going to make a show based on a comic character then why not one that is well known and well liked? That is why Smallville was such a success. Personally I would like to see the Flash, Green Arrow, or Nightwing.

    • I agree. All good storylines.

  26. I think that it is a good idea… It would allow them to combine sci-fi, horror, and comics at the same time. It could be both a replacement for Smallville and Supernatural; which may be the point.

    It would also allow them to later add in characters from the Titans similar to how Smallville added the League and the Society. So the story lines would be rich for several years. Since they wouldn’t be tied down by alot of pre-existing continuity or presumptions about the character they could mold her and the universe the way they want to.

    I had hoped we’d see a Zatanna series, but after alot of thought this might actually be better for the CW.

  27. Green arrow would be awesome. Or another Batman series. Or something based off of crisis on infinite earths or something.