The site describes this new version of the character as follows: “A brilliant-yet-troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that the visions that have plagued him since childhood are actually glimpses of tragic events occurring one hour in the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way.”
Originally created in 1940 by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey, Hourman has not had a very prolific life in the comics having been reimagined as different characters multiple times.
This announcement continues The CW’s trend of DC comic and superhero based shows. One of their current hits is the Green Arrow-based Arrow, which has a spin-off based on “The Flash” in the works, along with a Wonder Woman series under the title “Amazon,” and an adaptation of the ’40s pulp character The Avenger, which was just announced this weekend.