Originally published in the 1930s by Street and Smith, the company responsible for the pulp adventures of ‘The Shadow’ and ‘Doc Savage’, ‘The Avenger’ was Richard Henry Robinson, a wealthy adventurer who gains the power to re-sculpt his face at will in order to disguise himself, so that he could ‘avenge’ the deaths of his wife and daughter.
The CW is developing a new take on the pulp hero, recasting him as a young woman, out for revenge after her parents are killed. Here is their official plot synopsis:
[The Avenger] 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.
Unlike ‘Doc Savage’ and ‘The Shadow’ which both have something of a fanbase today, ‘The Avenger’ is much more obscure, so it doesn’t sound like the producers feel the need to retain most of the original set-up.
But of course, the elephant in the room is, what about that name? Surely, they’ll come up with something else in order to avoid confusion with Marvel’s million-dollar franchise. It was bad enough dealing with the 60s spy series ‘The Avengers’ which was made into a movie in 1998. I’d steer clear of that name at all cost. I wouldn’t even go with anything close, like ‘Codename: The Avenger’ or anything like that.
What do you think? Does this project sound appealing to you? And what do you think about the name?