Move over, Oliver Queen! Wendy Mericle has her eyes on “Prez.” Speaking to CBR News, the “Arrow” executive producer revealed that she wants to adapt Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell’s DC Comics series “Prez” for television — but that won’t be happening anytime soon.
Asked what other DC character she’d like to bring to the small screen, Mericle said, “There’s this character called, there’s this run, there’s a comic book called ‘Prez.’ So ridiculous and like kind of goofy. They just did a new one where she’s this teenage girl who somehow randomly becomes the president of the United States. I think that would be, especially in the context of our current political climate, maybe something interesting to explore.”
However, a “Prez” TV adaptation isn’t in her immediate future, as she has her hands full with her “Arrow” responsibilities. “Right now, this is only my second year as showrunner. I’m fully on this. I’m fully on board ‘Arrow,'” she explained. “You always, as a writer, you’re constantly thinking of ideas. Any sort of things that I would want to do on my own, they’re not in this, they’re so far removed that it’s hard to develop other… it’s hard to find the time.”
“And just creatively, it does, it takes a lot of your focus,” she continued. “You want to give it everything that you’ve got when you’re here. And it’s important, I think, for everybody that you are fully committed thinking about the show. Also, you waking up at three in the morning and that’s all you’re thinking about! There’s no bandwidth for anything else.”
“Prez” hit the shelves in 2015. Set in 2036, the 12-issue miniseries follows Beth Ross, the subject of a viral video who lands the presidency due to her newfound popularity.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.
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