A gay superhero drama is in development at premium cable channel Showtime, reports Variety.

The project is being headed by comicbook icon Stan Lee and based on the 2007 Perry Moore novel Hero.

Lee is reported to have signed on as executive producer, while openly gay Moore is busy writing the script.

In Moore's Lambda-winning Hero, teenager Thom Creed faces numerous social obstacles as his superpowers begin to mature. Thom's father retired from crime fighting in disgrace and his mother abandoned the family.

A high school basketball star, Thom fears his gay revelation would shame his father further and end his own popularity. Deciding to keep both his superpowers and sexual preference secret, he runs away from home.

But true to its comicbook roots, Thom soon finds himself confronting his sexual demons (Internet porn saves the day!) and rescuing the world from villains.

Moore has said that Hero was a response to numerous negative portrayals of gays and lesbians in the comicbook genre, including the murder of gay superhero Northstar at the hands of Wolverine in the Marvel Comic X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2.

Stan Lee is also developing several feature-length movies for Paramount, including Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America and a sequel to last summer's Iron Man, which suited up Robert Downey Jr. in the iron machine.

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