NBC Orders Superhero Drama <i>The Cape</i>

Although NBC may have soured on Heroes, the network is keen on another superhero drama, announcing today that it has picked up The Cape for the fall season.

Created by Thomas Wheeler (Empire), The Cape stars David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who is framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. Forced to leave his wife Dana (Life on Mars' Jennifer Ferrin) and son Trip (FlashForward's Ryan Wynott) and go into hiding, Faraday assumes the identity of The Cape, his son's favorite comic-book superhero, to take the law into his own hands.

The series also stars: James Frain (The Tudors) as billionaire Peter Fleming, who moonlights as the killer Chess; Keith David (Death at a Funeral) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Faraday; Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Orwell, a blogger who wages war on crime in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (Six Degrees) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend of Faraday.

The Cape is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Wheele, executive producer/director Simon West (Con Air), and executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun (Mercy) and Gene Stein (Accidentally on Purpose).

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