The Cape just introduced a new superhero to television. Now it's going to change things up. After the airing of the first two episodes, the show's creator and cast presented their show to the Television Critics Association. Creator Tom Wheeler said if you keep watching, you'll see some more science fictional storylines and even some horror.
"I think we also are beginning to see we can capture different tones," Wheeler said on Jan. 13 in Pasadena, Calif. "One episode might have a science fiction feel to it. We just finished a two-parter that has a very gothic feel to it and was truly frightening."
The Cape is about Vince Faraday (David Lyons), a cop framed and presumed dead. Underground, a group of circus-performer criminals give him a cape that he can use to slice through danger and throw bad guys around. There's more than just crime fighting to The Cape, though.
"We're throwing open our arms to all audiences," Wheeler said. "Initially it's this comic-book show, but what we're finding is you can be a fan of many different genres and there's a door open to you. There's a romantic storyline about this couple that's in love. You see in flashbacks, we root for this couple to get together. There's suspense and mystery. There's almost an X-Files feeling to one episode we just finished. It's just really scary and intense. The comic-book fan can drop in and have a great ride with really colorful villains. If you want some great drama, there's more than enough for you."
Upcoming episodes will reveal more about Orwell, the mysterious blogger played by Summer Glau. "Every episode we're finding out more of what she's capable of," Glau said. "Right now I'm shooting an episode that is going to reveal a very big clue into her backstory. I had a great time. It's really opening up her world."
Villains get to take center stage in future episodes too. "We'll see the Cape and Scales [Vinnie Jones] battling on top of a train," Wheeler said. "We introduce Peter Fleming [James Frain] and Scales in the pilot, but we get to deliver them in this nice rollout. They get an opportunity to shine and take over an episode."
The Cape's costume itself is the focus of another episode. "We establish in an upcoming episode how long this particular cape has been around," Wheeler said. "It's kind of like a samurai sword."
Wheeler also wants to encourage non-comic-book fans to watch. He thinks the story of Dana Faraday (Jennifer Ferrin) is a good hook for them. "The thing about Dana Faraday is you don't have to be a superhero fan to connect to her story, about a suddenly widowed woman who has to raise a son on her own and has to tackle this corrupt city," Wheeler said. "Even if you're not running to the comic-book store every Wednesday, it's a way in for viewers to connect to a story that's just as heroic as Vince Faraday's story."
The Cape airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC.