NBC recently released a trailer to their new show, The Cape:

“The Cape” is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead.  He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, “Life on Mars”) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, “Flash Forward”).  Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands.  Rounding out the cast are James Frain (“The Tudors”) as billionaire Peter Fleming – The Cape’s nemesis – who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.

There’s a Batman influence on The Cape, but a little humor to not take itself too seriously. The fact that the premise isn’t, “My family was murdered and I must avenge them,” is a huge plus; it’s not typical; the hero will have to wrestle with the conflict of not reuniting with his wife and son.  

It’s also good to see Summer Glau back on a television show, and even better that it’s on NBC — Fox is notorious for killing off shows that have a cult following. And unfortunately for Glau, that’s been every show on the Fox network that she acted in. Hopefully the Fox curse won’t follow her — The Cape looks promising.

 NBC’s The Cape