The CW eyeing 'biopunk' sci-fi series based on 1930s serial The Avenger

Yes, The CW is prepping a new sci-fi series called The Avenger — just don’t confuse this with Captain America and the gang. We’re talking about a different Avenger.

Sounding like a mix between The Tomorrow People and Nikita, the network has kickstarted development on The Avenger, based on the 1939 serial of the same name. The project is described as a “biopunk” update of the sci-fi classic, focusing on a woman with mysterious powers investigating her parents’ death. The project would be produced by Under the Dome's Neal Baer and penned by Warehouse 13 writers Benjamin Raab and Deric Hughes.

Here’s the synopsis, via Deadline:

The Avenger tells the story of Alice Benson, a young woman who, in the wake of her parents’ murder, discovers she possesses a superpower as a result of genetic bio-hacking which allows her to transform her appearance at will. Alice will use her face-altering talents to investigate the mystery of her parents’ deaths and uncover the origins of her strange ability.

With equal parts angst, sci-fi whiz-bang and mystery — this sounds like a nice fit for the lineup. Plus, at this rate, The CW might have to add a few more nights of original programming to keep up with all the new sci-fi shows they’re rolling into development.

With Nikita ending this year, a prime ass-kicking femme fatale spot on the schedule should be opening up. Could The Avenger fill it? Heck, another question — could it avoid confusion with Marvel’s heroes long enough to actually make it all the way through development?

(Via Deadline)