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NBC Orders Superhero Drama The Cape

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).


  • Ozymandas

    Looks like NBC is hoping Kick Ass' success will carry over here. I never read the book but since it's superhero stuff + that pretty brunette in the picture I am sure to check it out.

  • brianobx

    Could be good.

  • Melody Mooney

    I am looking forward to checking this out, hopefully there will be a SDCC panel for it! Summer Glau is awesome and we need another good Superhero themed show!

  • Godwell

    I wish someone would have just done POWERS instead.

    Or The Boys!

    I would have loved to see a cable series or either. Regular ole TV would water it down too much.

  • Godwell

    I was thinking the same about Kick-Ass.

  • mvdc

    I'll watch it for one reason and one reason alone:

    Keith MFing David.

    Gargoyles. The Thing. Platoon. Spawn the Animated Series. They Live. Countless others. He's the man.

  • James

    I would hate to see a cable version of The Boys, it would be almost nothing like the series. If they adapted The Boys for TV it would have to be on HBO or Showtime, that's the only way it could work. Also Powers is already in production on FX