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This Queer Sorceress Could Be Getting Her Own Show On The CW

Elizabeth Banks is lined up to executive produce a new series about teen spellcaster Traci Thirteen.

Yet another DC Comics character could be coming to the CW, and this time she’ll bring some queer flavor to the small screen.

Project 13 13 will center on Traci 13, “a 20something forensic scientist and believer in the paranormal who discovers her own hidden extra-sensory abilities when she joins her estranged, skeptic father to investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unexplained phenomena,” according to Variety.

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Traci’s had a few reboots over the years: A previous iteration was involved with the superhero Blue Beetle but, starting with Superwoman #1 last November, a new version of Traci was a young superhero in a lesbian relationship with Natasha Irons, niece of the armored avenger Steel.

Traci’s first appearance was in 2003’s Superman 189 but her father, Dr. Terrence Thirteen, has been a part of DC Comics since the 1950s. Dr. Thirteen doesn’t approve of his daughter’s abilities, as magic killed her mother. But it’s through her mother that she inherited the power “urban magic,” like being able to track objects, possess people, and harness the cumulative knowledge of an entire city.

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Let’s hope Project 13 keeps this version of the character. So far, The CW has done well with LGBT representation in its Arrowverse shows, including Sara Lance and the the upcoming debut of Russel Tovey as gay superhero the Ray.

In the comics, Traci’s mother is Asian: Perhaps 13 Reasons Why star Michele Selene Ang is up for some queer magic? Elizabeth Banks will executive produce Project 13 alongside writer Daegan Fryklind, who gave us the supernatural series Bitten.

In July, it was announced that Traci (referred to as “Thirteen”) will also appear on the animated series Young Justice: Outsiders, expected sometime next year.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.
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