Warner Brothers is currently working on redeveloping the previously announced Secret Six television series.
Back in October 2018, it was revealed that a Secret Six show was in the works at CBS. The series had Suits EP/writer Rick Muirragui set as showrunner, and Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive producing along with him. Secret Six was going to center on six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts, who are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite.
Even though showrunner Muirragui has since deleted his Twitter account, back in May 2019 he tweeted that Secret Six was no longer in development at CBS. Replying to a fan asking “How’s the adaptation of Secret Six going?” Muirragui stated the following:
It didn’t go forward, unfortunately.
Gail Simone (writer of Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman comics) recently revealed that Muirragui’s Secret Six series was set to focus on the first iteration of the team, which consisted of DC characters August Durant, Lili de Neuve, Carlo di Rienzi, Mike Tempest, Crimson Dawn, and King Savage. Simone also noted that she thinks that the project is no longer in development. You can view the original tweet below:
It was not my Secret Six, it was the original spy version, and I think it’s no longer in development, maybe? https://t.co/Hrc6os9eqo
— Gail Simone (@GailSimone) January 4, 2021
The Secret Six is the name of multiple different DC comics superteams. The Secret Six generally has six members, led by a mysterious figure named Mockingbird, whom the characters assume to be one of the other five members. The Secret Six first appeared during the Silver Age of comics and consisted of August Durant, Lili de Neuve, Carlo di Rienzi, Mike Tempest, Crimson Dawn, and King Savage. The most notable version of the team was introduced in 2005. Unlike previous versions of the team, the new Secret Six consists mainly of villainous characters who undertake missions of dubious moral quality and often resulting in a high body count. The team consists of the pre-existing DC characters Catman, Deadshot, Cheshire, Rag Doll, Scandal Savage, and one of Darkseid’s Parademons.
Currently, it is unclear if WBTV plans to bring back the previously mentioned CBS project or if a new Secret Six show is in the works. However, it is still possible that this potential series might end up at CBS again. Other than CBS, likely distributors include HBO Max, The CW, and Netflix. If this Secret Six iteration has a darker tone similar to that of the comics, you can expect this show to be picked up by HBO Max.
Regardless of where the series will be distributed, the creative talent that was previously attached to the CBS version of the show will not be involved with the redeveloped version of the project. At the moment, the creative team behind this new take of Secret Six are being kept under wraps.
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.