With Smallville ending this year, the CW is actively looking for a replacement superhero series from DC Entertainment. But does Blue Beetle really have it in the bag?
CW boss Dawn Osteroff has admitted that she'd love to have another DC Comics' super character to fill Clark Kent's decade-old boots when Smallville finishes, telling reporters:
So many fans have said, ‘Don’t leave us hanging!’ I’d love to say, ‘“Smallville’s” coming off the air and something else (from DC Comics) is coming on.’ But we don’t want to put something on that we don’t believe in. You have to make sure the execution is excellent.
It's that execution that's proven to be the problem before; WB television has developed Smallville-esque spin-offs for both Robin (The Graysons, about Dick Grayson's life in the circus before the death of his parents) and Aquaman (which made it to pilot, but wasn't picked up for a series), but neither passed muster with the network. Add to that that all DC characters aren't exactly available to television, with Smallville famously the result of a series based upon Bruce Wayne's teenage training being scuppered by the people behind the Batman movies and needing quick replacement; now that Green Lantern, The Flash, Batman, Superman and Green Arrow all having movies in various stages of development, who's available for the small screen?
Well, Blue Beetle, for one; DC has already unveiled test footage for a live-action project that's as-yet unknown. A Smallville replacement would make a lot of sense (He's another teenage hero who can mix soap opera with superheroics, after all), but for all we know, he's already been promised elsewhere. There's the possibility of properly spinning out characters from Smallville itself - Green Arrow makes an obvious candidate, but there're also the members of the JSA and Legion of Super-Heroes - as well, and I can't be the only one who thinks that JMS' reboot of Wonder Woman sounds tailor-made for a small screen series, even down to a more realistic costume and less need for a Paradise Island set. But what do you think? What character would fit into the CW's demographic and Smallville's timeslot? Leave choices and reasons in the comments section, as ever.