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Waaaay before Marvel's superteam were on the scene, a man named The Avenger graced the pages of his very own pulp magazine. Now, TV channel The CW is looking to revive him for television; Deadline is reporting that the new series is in the works at The CW with Neal Baer (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, ER, Under the Dome) at the helm.

Originally published in the 30s by the company responsible for Doc Savage, the titular Avenger called Richard Henry Robinson was a well-to-do adventurer who was able to re-sculpt his face at will in order to disguise himself, so that he could avenge the slaughter of his wife and daughter. The CW show is offering a female protagonist, however:

It tells the story of Alice Benson, a young woman who, in the wake of her parents' murder, discovers she possesses a superpower as a result of genetic bio-hacking which allows her to transform her appearance at will. Alice will use her face-altering talents to investigate the mystery of her parents' deaths and uncover the origins of her strange ability.

The pilot for the currently untitled series has been written by Deric Hughes and Bejamin Raab, the guys responsible for Syfy series Warehouse 13. Should the project be picked up for a complete series at The CW, it will join the two other DC comic hero shows - Arrow and the upcoming The Flash spin-off.

How does The Avenger sound to you? Will a CW adaptation suffice for such a powerful character? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!



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