Bill Cummings 26/04/2007

Really getting into Heroes? Fancy climbing a few walls after watching the latest Spiderman film? Well a new TV series might just be for you. From comic book legend Stan Lee (creator of SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN and THE FANTASTIC FOUR) comes the critically acclaimed reality show, WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? Already a runaway success in the USA, the series will receive its UK premiere exclusively on the SCI FI channel over the May 5th - 7th Bank Holiday weekend.

According to its makers: "The show is X-FACTOR meets X-MEN, with a motley crew of self-proclaimed superheroes slugging it out for the chance to have their character immortalised in a real-life Stan Lee comic and original SCI FI channel movie. The six episode series charts the challenges faced by an elite group of finalists - including the likes of Fat Momma and Monkey Girl - as they compete for the crown under Stan Lee's watchful eye.

And the prize for such an incredible accolade? Something equally remarkable… immortality!

Fed up of creating fictional superheroes, STAN LEE embarks on a quest to find a real-life character who can save the day. But this is no easy task. Featuring a hilarious, X-FACTOR-style audition process, each contestant begins with an original idea for a superhero, a self-made costume, and their best superhero mojo. From thousands of hopefuls, STAN LEE chooses 11 lucky finalists who move together into a secret lair. There they begin their transformations — and the competition to become a real-life superhero.

In each episode, the aspiring hopefuls are faced with a series of challenges that are designed to reveal their true natures. With their mettle tested to the max, the contestants try to overcome their limitations, and do what it takes to prove that they are truly super. How? Well, forget feats of impossible strength… the modern-day saviour needs to display courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion, and resourcefulness — traits that every true superhero must possess.

In the end, one lucky finalist will have the inner strength and nobility to open the gates to immortality, in a new comic book developed with Stan Lee. And that's not all — the winning character will also appear in an original SCI FI Channel movie!

Now onto its second series in the USA, something tells us that the world is going to be a far safer place if STAN LEE continues to churn out real-life superheroes. But don't just take our word for it: tune in every day over the bank holiday weekend at 7pm and see for yourself WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?"

Watch the trailer eclusively here:

Also here are the character spots for 3 of the contestants to choose from.