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The Six TV Superhero Shows That Should Be Rebooted

Today's the day that an entire universe dies... and gets reborn. With the heavily-hyped release of Justice League #1, DC Comics is re-starting each of its 52 superhero titles with new writers, new artists and a new continuity. Since the reboot was announced, the company has been subjected to endless fanboy slagging, but, as past experiences have shown (like, say, Chris Nolan's Batman films) sometimes there's a lot of potential in starting over from scratch. Following DC's bold example, we'd love to see reboots of the following small-screen superhero shows, some of which were pretty good the first time around, but we think could be made even better.

1. The Greatest American Hero
(ABC, 1981-1983)
Previous Incarnation: William Katt and his impressive curly 'fro starred as Ralph Hinkley, a high-school teacher who is handed a fire-engine red super-powered suit by a crew of aliens so that he can fight crime. Unfortunately, Ralph loses the instruction manual to the outfit and has to figure out how to use his new abilities in the heat of battle, with the aid of his FBI minder, Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp).
Reboot Suggestions: Powerful gifts from aliens seem so passé these days -- blame it on that recent Green Lantern flick. Instead, how about using some (fake) science to design a genetically-engineered super-suit? And -- shades of Captain America -- the lab that created the suit would be blown up by a competing corporation, destroying all the necessary intel to using it properly. Rather than a schoolteacher, we'd like to see Ralph toiling in a far less noble profession before he's handed his new duds, such as pizza delivery boy or late-night motel clerk. That would make his eventual transformation from zero to hero that much more compelling.
Casting Call: Jesse Plemons as Ralph and Jeff Goldblum as Bill Maxwell.

2. Green Arrow from Smallville
(The WB & The CW, 2001-2011)
Previous Incarnation: The Emerald Archer (played by Justin Hartley) first crossed paths with the future Man of Steel in the sixth year of the long-running series. He joined the show full-time in Season 8, eventually hooking up with (and then marrying) fan favorite Chloe. Though he had a few good adventures with Clark and the gang, it always felt like the character wasn't being used to his full potential. Here's another chance to hit the bullseye.
Reboot Suggestions: Follow the lead of Mike Grell's character-redefining '80s comic book series and turn Green Arrow into a lone urban hunter who takes on real-world crime instead of getting mixed up in super-powered shenanigans. And instead of tying him down to one city, allow him to travel both the country and the globe fighting the good fight. It can be like Kung-Fu with arrows.
Casting Call: Hartley has a devoted fanbase, but we'd be interested in seeing an older, more world-weary Oliver Queen who has been at this game awhile... in fact, maybe too long. Kiefer Sutherland would fit the bill, especially since that 24 movie is never gonna get made.

3. My Secret Identity
(Syndicated, 1988-1991)
Previous Incarnation: After accidentally stumbling into the path of an errant photon beam, teenager Andrew Clements (Jerry O'Connell) goes to bed and wakes up literally floating in the air. Now gifted with the power of flight (aided by aerosol cans), invulnerability (which would later be swapped out for super strength) and super-speed, he comes up with a super-hero name only a 14-year-old would dream up: Ultraman.
Reboot Suggestions: First off, why let another guy have the fun of falling ass-backwards into superpowers? Let's mix it up by doing a gender-switch and directing the photon beam at a girl. Ditch the high-school setting too; we see her as a twentysomething college grad trying to figure out what the heck to do with her life when a literally super career opportunity presents itself.
Casting Call: You know who would make a kick-ass Ultrawoman? Freema Agyeman. You're welcome, TV industry.

4. Generation X
(Fox, 1996)
Previous Incarnation: A one-shot TV movie based on Marvel's teen centric X-title that ran from 1994 to 2001, Generation X starred six established X-Men (including Emma Frost, Banshee and Jubilee ) and two series-only mutants. It also featured terrible acting, lousy special effects and a dumb plot. (Dream Dimensions? Really?)
Reboot Suggestions: Keep the mutant school setting, lose everything else. While rights issues probably limit exactly which X-Men could be part of the next batch of Gen-Xers, our dream line-up would include Gambit, Rogue, Strong Guy, Quicksilver and Feral.
Casting Call: It really depends on which heroes they'd use. But we can totally see Madison Burge and Thomas McDonell as thwarted lovers Rogue and Gambit.

5. The Flash
(CBS, 1990-1991)
Previous Incarnation: Mild-mannered (but well-built) scientist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) turns into the crime-fighting Scarlet Speedster when he unexpectedly receives a lightning-enhanced chemical bath. He then battles a host of bad guys, including The Trickster, who looks an awful lot like a certain Jedi knight.
Reboot Suggestions: All respect to Barry, but we always enjoyed the dynamic between his replacement Wally West and his first cousin once removed Bart Allan a.k.a. Impulse (another character that Smallville didn't use particularly well). Put them at the center of the new show and you've got the potential for some fun buddy comedy, as well as heroic derring-do.
Casting Call: Sean Faris as Wally and Macaulay's little (and talented) brother Rory Culkin for Bart.

6. The Tick
(Fox, 2001-2002)
We don't have any suggestions for how to improve this tick-riffic live-action version of Ben Edlund's superhero spoof. Just bring it back exactly as it was, please.

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