Stan Lee adapts gay-superhero series for Showtime

Stan Lee ’s influence has come to tower over the contemporary surge in comic-book adaptations, but even his expansive oeuvre has some underdeveloped patches. The 85-year-old touchstone has teamed with Showtime to develop a series, Hero, centered on the emergence of a gay superhero icon.

The hour-long series will be based on Perry Moore’s 2007 novel of the same name about a teenage boy whose emerging superpowers are accompanied by questions about his sexuality. The story delves into his adult life and how his multiple secret identities complicate his life. Moore is working on the script now.

Showtime has long had ties to gay original programming, including the long-running British import Queer as Folk and The L Word, which begins a new season in January.

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