Series / The Crow: Stairway to Heaven

Yup, Eric is played by the future Chairman of Iron Chef America.

A 22-episode one-season television adaptation of the film of the graphic novel of ''The Crow'' (keep up!) produced by Polygram, created by Bryce Zabel and starring Mark Dacascos as Eric Draven. It first aired in 1998-99. The series garnered decent ratings but the show ended when Universal bought out its production company Polygram Filmed Entertainment. The whole series was released on VHS, DVD, Hulu, and Netflix.

The final episode ends on... something of a cliffhanger. There were plans for a final telemovie to wrap the story up but due to the above difficulties this never happened.

The most significant departures from the film are down to Pragmatic Adaptation. The TV series, whilst containing its share of stunts and action sequences, is by nowhere near as graphically violent as the movie, and many of the film's references to and depictions of substance abuse and sexual violence are softened. The major difference is that in the TV series, rather than Eric being darkly sardonic, violent and basically unstable the entire time (as he was in the comic) or most of the time (as per the film), he is basically just an angstier version of who he was when alive, and 'the Crow' is literally a dark supernatural alter-ego constantly simmering beneath the surface, who takes over when Eric is enraged or under stress, when someone he cares about is in danger, or a villain uses magic to bring out the Crow in him. The TV series expands on the film's mythology - Eric only has a finite period on earth to "put the wrong things right" before Shelly will be forced on to move without him and they will be separated forever, and introduces other supernatural elements such as reincarnation, possession, and an opposing force to the crow, in the form of a snake.

This series contains examples of the following tropes: