The CW is adding yet another DC Comics adaptation to its roster with Project 13. When The CW first began reworking the Green Arrow for the post-Nolan era of superheroes, most fans didn’t know whether the series would survive. Since then, it’s spawned three spinoffs, along with the animated series Vixen. Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Constantine will soon join the latter show on CW Seed, while next year will see Black Lightning arrive on the network — though it won’t be connected to the Arrowverse.
Adding in iZombie, Riverdale, and the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The CW is firmly in the comic book adaptation market. It’s also clear that the Warner Bros. co-owned network isn’t finished turning DC Comics into TV shows. It has been said time and again that more Arrowverse spinoffs aren’t on the way, but it’s safe to assume The CW isn’t slowing down when it comes to bringing DC characters to the small screen. Now, one more project can be added to the ever-growing list.
Variety is reporting that The CW is developing a show called Project 13 that will focus on Doctor Thirteen and his daughter Traci. Two magicians with a scattered appearance throughout the comics, they’re certainly not the first names that would come to mind when you consider DC characters worthy of an adaptation. Still, their relative lack of baggage may have bolstered the shows chances.
Project 13 will be written and executive produced by Daegan Fryklind (Bitten), while Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will produce as well. Likely, the addition of Banks helped to move the project forward. She and Handelman have a number of projects brewing right now, included the show Spirited starring Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black). So far, there’s no other word on Project 13, but it marks the latest move to push Traci Thirteen more into the spotlight.
Doctor Thirteen was introduced in 1951’s Star Spangled Comics #122 as a parapsychologist and noted skeptic who investigates the paranormal. He’s remained a relatively minor and obscure character for most of his run, but his daughter has grown in popularity. She arrived in 2003’s Superman #189 and followed in her father’s footsteps. Unlike him, however, she actually has magical powers. Along with various spells, she can summon ‘urban magic’ that allows her to connect to cities and boost her power, search auras, and even possess people.
In the comics, Traci is often connected to Blue Beetle, something that was mirrored in her cameo in this year’s animated film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Meanwhile, we learned earlier this year that she’ll be one of the new characters in Young Justice: Outsiders, the upcoming third season of the revived series. Between Young Justice and Project 13, expect to see a lot more of Traci Thirteen in the near future.
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