Chronicle’s Max Landis Doesn’t Want You To Call His New Show A “Superhero” Show

Max Landis, the prodigious, witty and almost ceaselessly energetic screenwriter of Chronicle has set up a new superhero show at Fox TV. Or maybe he hasn’t. Not quite.

The Hollywood Reporter have published this blurb for the series:

A “superhero” origin story told through the unlikely point of view of a smart 20-year-old woman who happens to be a social outcast.

After an honorable veteran detective is brutally coerced into working for the corrupt head of Internal Affairs, the detective’s daughter plans her revenge by creating a fictional vigilante persona to take on the criminal elements within the police department and the city.

Right. Even they are putting “superhero” in quotes. It’s shorthand. But is it accurate shorthand? Here are a series of tweets that Landis made just after the news broke.

And now that’s all said and done, I think it probably is fair to call it a “superhero” show as long as the quotes are in place. Hasn’t the genre expanded massively over the last couple of decades?

If Watchmen can be “superheroes,” to choose just the most obvious example, then surely Vigilant‘s set-up puts it in the same ballpark?

I think Landis is just feeling the stigma attached to the term. He’s on the web. He needn’t have worried.

Anyway, with this title, I think we can all agree that they’re interested in looking at vigilantes here. They’ve flagged that up pretty clearly.

Vigiliant will be produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, which leads me to another of Landis’ tweets:

Not bad advice, I understand. Perhaps I’ll take it.

Vigilant has been given a script order with a penalty – basically, this means Fox will have to pay out a sum if they don’t produce and air it.