Secret Six Coming to CBS


Secret Six Comes to Life

It seems DC Comics has struck another pilot deal with CBS Studios. Variety reports that “The project, which has received a pilot production commitment at the network, follows six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts. They are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite.”

Who are the Secret Six?


Cover for Secret Six Vol 3 Issue 36; image courtesy of dc.wikia.com

Secret Six was originally created in the 1960’s as a mini-series comic following secret-operative characters. Later incarnations would take a villainous turn to include characters such as Bane, Harley Quinn, and The Mad Hatter. The one thing connecting all Secret Six series’: they follow orders from a character named Mockingbird. Usually, no one knows who Mockingbird is. Most of the team assumes it is someone else on the Secret Six roster.

Much like the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are more anti-hero/villainous characters. They seem to take on missions that regular super-heroes in the DC Universe would not. The roster is not as high-profile and the team seems to be a place for creators to add in new original characters into the DC Universe.


The biggest news is that the pilot is ordered for CBS. DC and Warner Brothers tried NBC before with Supergirl, which quickly moved to the CW after the first season. After that, Constantine was canceled after the first season. And who can forget Powerless? DC has had great success with its CW shows and they just launched their own streaming platform as well with original titles like Titans and Swamp Thing. So, why bring Secret Six to CBS?

It seems odd to put a not so well-known group, with some not so well-known characters on a prime-time network. Although, currently details of the television show are unknown; will they stay close to the comics? Incidentally, there are not many “big names” to pick from. Maybe DC is just trying to put a little something everywhere and hoping it sticks? It’s nothing Marvel isn’t doing as well, with its ABC, Netflix, Hulu, Freeform and soon to be Disney Streaming service. It seems everybody has their hands on these different platforms for the time being; only time will tell what becomes of them all. 

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