The Cape

Not that I want to put my faith in another superhero series on NBC but after watching this I may just have to tune in for the first episode of The Cape.

There hasn’t been much talk about The Cape since San Diego Comic-Con in July which leads me to worry slightly for the show already but it’s set as a midseason replacement. Here’s NBC’s official summary:

Officer Vince Faraday was a good cop trying to clean up a corrupt city. Framed for murder and left for dead, he suddenly found himself separated from his wife and son and forced into hiding. Now, inspired by his son’s favorite comic book hero, he’s taking the law into his own hands, and playing a deadly game of chess with the powerful kingpin who framed him. With the hope of one day reuniting with his family, The Cape is sending a loud message to all criminals… run.

Sounds like regular ol’ comic book, right? The star of the show is David Lyons who had a previous relationship with NBC starring as Dr. Simon Brenner on E.R. And of course a superhero story wouldn’t be complete without villains. In steps James Frain (formerly psycho vampire Franklin Mott from True Blood) and Vinnie Jones (Snatch, X-Men: The Last Stand). Jones plays a reptilian criminal called Scales while Frain is a billionaire who calls himself Chess. Best of all? The Cape also stars Summer Glau! She’s an investigative blogger who joins with Faraday to help clean up the city.

“No one has any real powers. It’s about cunning and skill. It’s very serious in its intent. But it’s also light in the way it’s played,” Frain told Entertainment Weekly. “It is closer to Batman in that the people don’t have powers. Supervillain equals job security as long as people like the show and we get picked up.”

So, do you think you’ll give The Cape a shot if and when it airs? Do you think it will grab an audience and stay on the air for a few seasons like Heroes did?

13 Responses to “The Cape”

  1. Andrew says:

    I've been fascinated by Vinnie Jones ever since he smashed that crooks head with the car door way back in Lock Stock. He truly struck me as psycho, but I haven't seen him do much to tap that psychosis since. And Franklin this summer . . . the two of them as villains are more than enough reason to tune in.

  2. Cderosby says:

    I saw a few quick teasers for this show during the Pats game last night. If the guy has no powers they're definitely trying to make it look like he does. That cape is whipping around like it has a mind of its own. Reminds me of the costume from the Spawn motion picture.

  3. michelle says:

    i have mixed feelings, but i'll probably tivo it

  4. qwixotic says:

    Huh, honestly… sounds mediocre. But I tend to follow certain actors that I've liked in previous roles, so will definitely check out Dr. Simon Brenner + River in a superhero show.

    Hopefully it has a chance to develop and isn't overly cheesy right outta the gate. Gotta say I had a cringe-worthy moment seeing Vinnie and the other dude in their 'looks' in the show, if that it what that was.

    Worth a look though definitely…

  5. Budd says:

    It looks kind of cheezy but still good. I don't think NBC is willing to give it much of a chance with a mid season launch.

  6. BDS says:

    I watched the Hulu trailer and I am worried as well. This is a Friday slotted show still? that is a bad placement on NBC. I agree that No Ordinary Family is the current well made hero show. They have been very enjoyable and thought out episodes.

    All that said, when it shows on Hulu I will give it a look and hope that it is good and can make it.

  7. Callie says:

    As soon as I learn whichever night The Cape will air on NBC, I will set up my DVR to record it for that night.

    In other words, I can't wait until the show's debut. :D

  8. You forgot to mention Keith David – Goliath himself – is playing the mentor figure who trains the cop! For shame, Jill.

  9. Cderosby says:

    I'm almost afraid to tune in. NBC can be as short-sighted as Fox of late in regards to cutting short new shows that don't show immediate promise. I do like "No Ordinary Family" though. Quite a few parallels to our family (no superpowers that I know of, not that I'm giving up hope mind you).

  10. Eleni says:

    Wooo, Summer Glau! I'll definitely give it a shot, but I'm not too confident in its popular appeal and staying power at this point. Let's hope it picks up some steam before it premieres, and is as good as we're all hoping it will be.

    Also, I have to go a little choir geek here and identify the solemn choral piece in the trailer during his "death" as "Miserere" by Allegri. One of my favorites ;)

  11. Bouncer says:

    It's got some top notch actors and Vinnie Jones is menacing in anything he does. I'm gonna give it a try.

  12. Arturo says:

    I also want to hope for the best. But the clips I've seen just seem like something out of the mid-1990s, like The Night Man or somesuch. Plus, with Marvel ramping up its' own TV production efforts, this show might find itself the victim of a lack of "brand identification," if it doesn't find an audience quickly.

  13. rogueusagi says:

    hmmm… this sounds very interesting. thank you for bringing it to my attention.