Hourman movie in the works from Warner Bros. and DC Films
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films are currently in the process of developing a brand new superhero film adaptation of DC Comics character Hourman. Joining the project as producers is Chernin Entertainment with writing duo Gavin James and Neil Widener attached to pen the feature. Should the project successfully move forward, this will mark the hero’s live-action DCEU debut.
The character made his first live-action appearance in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series where he was previously portrayed by Patrick J. Adams. Hourman is currently being portrayed by Lou Ferrigno, Jr. and Cameron Gellman in The CW’s hit Arrowverse series Stargirl which is scheduled to return for its second season some time this year.
Originally created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in 1940 during the Golden Age of Comic Books, the original iteration of Hourman was Rex Tyler, a chemist, who created a new synthesis called “Miraclo,” which grants him super-strength and endurance, but only for one hour. He is also best known as a regular member of the Justice Society of America. Later on, his son Rick Tyler, who was created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, and Todd McFarlane, would take the mantle of Hourman during the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic storyline.
The character has been adapted into a number of animated series and films throughout the years including Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: The New Frontier, and the upcoming Justice Society: World War II film.
Before the two versions of Hourman debuted on The CW, the network previously tried to develop a live-action series centered around Rex Tyler. However, no updates were given after its announcement and It’s still unclear why the project was dissolved.
This project also marks James and Widener’s latest collaboration with Warner Bros as they are also currently writing the studio’s live-action film adaptation of The Hot Wheels and New Line Cinema’s San Andreas sequel.