A series picked up for NBC
's 2010-2011 season.
The Cape is Vince Faraday, a cop in the highly corrupt
Palm City whose police force has been privatized
under the ARK corporation. Vince uncovers evidence against ARK's CEO, Peter Fleming, who is really a costumed terrorist known as Chess. Fleming responds by having Vince framed for Chess' crimes. Vince then "dies" in an explosion, only to be rescued by the "Carnival of Crime", a shady underground circus troupe.
With the world believing Vince dead, he takes on the persona of his son's favorite superhero, a Batman-esque
figure known as The Cape
. The circus troupe trains him in a combination of martial-arts, stage magic, and using a specially designed cape as a weapon
. Teaming up with the Carnival and an investigative blogger
who has an interest in bringing Fleming down, Vince sets out to expose ARK, save the city and clear his name
Though the series debuted fairly well, ratings tanked soon after, and NBC decided to cut the episode number down from 13 to 10 in response. The final episode was an online-only airing, with NBC cancelling the series for good in March of 2011.
Not to be confused with the trope by the same name
, regarding morally upright and inspirational costumed heroes. The Cape is much more of a Cowl
anyways. Neither should it be confused with another series of the same name