Superheroes and comic book properties might rule the movies right now but they’re having a hell of a tough time getting a foothold on television these days.
As we reported a few days ago, The CW picked up Arrow but in a world where Wonder Woman, Locke & Key, and Powers have recently been passed on by NBC, Fox, and FX, respectively, Oliver Queen is an anomaly.
Add another show to the “What Might Have Been” heap: Disney-owned ABC has passed on A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
The show, based very loosely on the Marvel MAX series Alias, would have centered around former superhero turned private investigator Jessica Jones, and would have featured Luke Cage and Carol Danvers as supporting characters.
So what’s next? According to the above article, ABC President Paul Lee says, “We’ve got some [TV shows based on Marvel Comics characters] in development, but none that I can talk about at this point.”
One they can talk about is Hulk, the live action series that was announced alongside A.K.A. Jessica Jones as being in development last year at San Diego Comic-Con. According to Lee, a live action Hulk series is still being considered for the 2012-14 TV season. Since the Jolly Green Giant was the breakout star of the billion dollar plus grossing Marvel’s The Avengers, that’s not surprising news. I’d imagine that a lot of Hulk projects that were mired in development hell are now getting reconsidered. Of course, if Marvel Studios decided to bring Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk back to the big screen in his own film that could possibly scuttle the TV series. Right now, The Hulk is like the “nerdy” girl in the teen romantic comedy. He just whipped off his glasses and let his hair down and suddenly all the guys are interested.
There is no word on Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird, which are supposedly in development for ABC Family.