Classic early '80s slapstick superhero show The Greatest American Hero is careening back into action, with a new comic book, online animated shorts and a new movie in the pipeline. The news drew cheers from a packed audience at San Diego Comic-Con, but does the '70s show have something to say to today's youth, or is it just an attempt to collect the tall dollar from nostalgia-prone Gen-Xers?
The GAH panel at Comic-Con was ostensibly to announce a Greatest American Hero comic book miniseries. (To be published in early 2009 by original star William Katt's own Catastrophic Comics.) But additional revelations abounded: a web-based animated series of shorts are in the works, which will form a lost episode bridging Seasons One and Two of the show, and castmembers Connie Sellecca and Robert Culp responded positively to the idea of reprising their characters. Also, even though a GAH movie is already in development with director Steven Herek, the show's creator, Steven J. Cannell, has his own updated feature-length Greatest American Hero script completed. Cannell says he has financial backers lined up, and a three hour panel retrospective is scheduled for September 7, 2008 at the Screen Actor's Guild headquarters in Los Angeles.