As Smallville exits, meet The CW's newest DC Comics superhero

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Dec 14, 2012

With Smallville set to close up shop at the end of this season, The CW is looking for another DC Comics superhero saga to replace it—and they may have found it.

According to Variety, the network is possibly going to adapt Raven as a new series. A script has already been ordered from Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment, with former V co-executive producer Diego Gutierrez onboard to write and executive-produce it.

Who is Raven? According to DC canon, the character, whose real name is Rachel Roth, is the offspring of a human and a demon. Her abilities include teleporting, entering the minds of others, and reading the emotions of others. Although she fights crime, she has to constantly struggle to keep the demonic side of her personality under control. Her "soul-self" can also separate from her body to either engage in physical fighting or act as her eyes and ears away from her.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Raven first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 in October 1980. She spent her early years growing up in the alternate dimension of Azarath, and later helped form the New Teen Titans when she was refused membership in the Justice League.

She's also spent some time as White Raven and later as the evil Dark Raven, before being reincarnated in the body of a teenage girl and trying to start fresh, with most of her latest adventures chronicled in the relaunched title Titans.

The character also appeared on the animated Teen Titans series, which ran between 2003 and 2006.

Raven's more recent adventures involve a lot of fighting, demonic attacks and even some teen romance, which sounds like perfect fodder for The CW ...

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