It was just revealed that HBO Max would present two new DC Comics shows from Greg Berlanti, ‘Strange Adventures’ and a show based on ‘Green Lantern’. Now comes word that Elizabeth Banks is developing another DC show, which is not directly based on a specific comic, ‘DC Super Hero High’. This will be a half-hour sitcom.
Not much was revealed about this show beyond this synopsis:
“Experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes.”
In 2017, it was announced that Elizabeth Banks was developing a DC-inspired series ‘Project 13’ starring the magical character Traci 13 and her father, mystic debunker Doctor 13. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Banks was developing a new adult-targeted animated version of ‘The Flintstones’. Banks has an overall development deal with Warner Brothers, which owns HBO Max, DC Comics, and Hanna Barbera.
The idea behind ‘DC Super Hero High’ sounds a lot like ‘DC Superhero Girls’ a line of dolls and tie-in animated shorts that have been released online. In that concept, teenage versions of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Harley Quinn are among the students at a high school for young heroes in training, with instructors like Gorilla Grodd and Wildcat, among others.
It’s unknown of ‘DC Super Hero High’ will similarly feature teenage versions of normally-adult characters, or if it will focus on characters that are actually teens in the comics, like Robin, Blue Beetle, etc.
Warner Brothers and DC previously tried out the sitcom format with the 2017 NBC series ‘Powerless’, which was a flop and was taken off the air before all episodes aired.
Banks previously executive produced the Hulu comedies ‘Shrill’ and ‘Resident Advisors’. She wrote, directed, and produced the upcoming ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot, and directed and produced ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. She is currently filming the FX comedy miniseries ‘Mrs. America’. She may be best known for playing the colorful Effie Trinket in the ‘Hunger Games’ movies, Rita Repulsa in Lionsgate’s ‘Power Rangers’, or Wyldstyle from the ‘LEGO’ movies.
Does ‘DC Super Hero High’ sound intriguing to you?