According to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog, "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke is developing a series based on the DC Comics character for the CW network. The series will focus on Boston Brand, the murdered trapeze artist turned ghost. The article describes that he "continues to live on by inhabiting other people's bodies and helping them resolve conflicts and issues in their lives."
First appearing in the early 1960s as part of a wave of off-beat characters that straddled the line between superhero and horror comics, "Deadman" is one of the more unlikely properties to get the CW treatment, but Kripke may be able to fuse the concept's odd, mystical elements with the weekly drama feel of many of the CW's programs. "Supernatual" became a success with a similar melding of vampires, angels, and two brothers wandering the country looking for trouble. It is set to air its seventh season this fall.
Kripke was also involved in an attempt to bring Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" to the network. He later said that project was "not in the works, at least for this season."
In Gaiman's own account on his official blog, the writer/producer came in with a pitch that Warner Bros Television considered, but ultimately passed on. "We liked it and we liked him, but it didn't feel quite right at that point," the author explained.
Of course, the "Deadman" project shows the company and the network want to remain in business with Kripke, who will produce and write episodes, should it get a series commitment.
This past May, the CW aired the final episode of its first DC Comics related show, "Smallville" and has reportedly been searching DC's library for other characters to take its place in the schedule.