NBC is moving forward with Hench, an adaptation of Adam Beechen (Rugrats, Teen Titans) and Manny Bello’s (Dugout) graphic novel of the same name. The book follows an ex-jock named Mike, who, after an injury ruins his sports career, is forced to begin temping for super villains to support his family. His thug services are employees by baddies unique to the series like Hellbent, the Red Baroness and the Cosmonaut.
Alexandra Cunningham, known for her work on Prime Suspect, Desperate Houswives and Fastlane, will be scripting the pilot. Production duties will be handled by Peter Berg’s Film 44. As of now, there is no casting information to report on.
Back in 2009, Warner Brothers planned on producing a film version of Hench and Danny McBride (HBO’s Eastbound & Down) was quite interested in writing it and portraying the lead. If he got the job, he hoped to convince Warner Brothers to allow him to use well-known DC Comics villains rather than sticking to the ones in the book. This project has been stuck in limbo for a while, unfortunately; it’s doubtful that it will happen now that NBC is developing the TV show.