DC’s ‘The Spectre’ Haunts Fox

Fox sees your Deadman and raises you the embodiment of God's wraith.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last month, it was revealed that the CW was preparing a "Deadman" series with "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke as a possible successor for "Smallville."  And now Fox may also be jumping back into DC's Universe of superheroes.

Deadline is reporting that Fox is developing "The Spectre" with Brandon Camp attached to write the pilot and executive produce the potential series alongside Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino").

The Spectre made his debut in 1940 by creators Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily. The most well known version of The Spectre followed Jim Corrigan, a murdered cop who became the latest incarnation of God's wraith on Earth who was charged with hunting down and harshly punishing criminals who escaped mortal justice.

The potential TV series will have a similar premise but it isn't clear if Corrigan will be the main character or if will be Crispus Allen, the most recent Spectre used in DC Comics' superhero line.

Camp previously created the Fox series "John Doe" nearly ten years ago before moving on to write the feature film "Love Happens." DC's Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns is said to have brought the character to Camp's attention; which in turn led to this project. Warner Brothers TV will produce "The Spectre" alongside Gerber Pictures.

Despite the character's long history, The Spectre has only made a handful of appearances outside of comics. Mark Hamill voiced The Spectre in "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and Gary Cole starred as the title character in the animated short "The Spectre" which was released last year with the "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" animated movie.

If the series goes forward, it will be Fox's second major project adapting a DC Comic. "Human Target" recently finished a two season run on the network before it was canceled last May.

Who would you cast as The Spectre? Should his human host be Jim Corrigan or Crispus Allen? Let us know in the comment section below!