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Is America's First Gay Superhero Coming to TV?

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A big-screen adaptation of Perry Moore’s novel Hero, about the world’s first gay superhero, has been rumored to be in the works since the novel was published last fall. However, it now seems destined for the small screen. “It looks like we’re going to do a TV series,” Moore told us at a party for the artist Hunt Slonem on Wednesday. “There were two networks that we pitched, and we got two offers. We’ll announce any day, hopefully, who we’re going to do it with,” Moore continued. He described the live-action series as labyrinthine and similar to Lost. “It’s not campy either — it’s not The Gayest American Hero. He just happens to be gay. It’s just one of the many things he wrestles with.”

Moore, a longtime Walden Media executive, was one of the passel of producers on the Narnia movies, but sounds dramatically more excited about the producer who's helping shepherd Hero along: Stan Lee. "The ultimate fanboy moment," Moore calls the first phone call from "legend" Lee. "Just to have a straight older man who’s the comic-book legend of all time … just to have him think that the next big movie is my humble little creation about the world’s first gay superhero — it was just wonderful. Wonderful! It was such a thrill. I’m talking way too much," he said. "Fingers crossed!" —Bennett Marcus