Back in 2015, CBS tried to jump in on the superhero comic book series adaptation game with Supergirl before bailing on the show after just one season and porting it over with the rest of the DC shows on The CW. Now it looks like the network might be giving DC characters another shot.
According to Deadline, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Suits producer Rick Muirragui are developing a pilot focused on the DC comics villain/anti-hero team known as the Scret Six, a pilot that CBS has committed to producing. Muirragui is writing the pilot.
Much like Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are more of a darker group of DC characters that undertake some morally ambiguous or too dirty for heroes type of missions.
The Secret Six originally appeared in 1968 during the Silver Age of comics created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Frank Singer as a team brought together by a mysterious figure known as Mockingbird. They fell out of the spotlight until in 2005 Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, Val Semeiks, Wade Von Grawbadger, Prentis Rollins, Sno-Cone, Jared K. Fletcher and Pat Brousseau revived the concept with a new team in the Villains United tie-in miniseries that ran alongside the Infinity Crisis event.
This version of the team featured Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, Scandal Savage, a Parademon, Cheshire and more brought together by Lex Luthor using the Mockingbird moniker. Some of these characters along with others such as Bane filled the ranks in a couple other miniseries before they gained an ongoing in 2008 that ran right up to the moment when DC Comics rebooted their entire universe in 2011. Another, altered, version of the team rose in that new universe for a short-lived series in 2014.
It’s interesting that the series could be going to CBS rather than The CW or the new streaming platform DC Universe which are both homes to various DC related television shows.