With Marvel dominating the movies, DC Comics have turned to prime time TV to release some of its most famed and beloved heroes. With a number of franchises soon to be airing, or in the process of being developed, Guardian Liberty Voice has compiled a guide to the DC’s TV universe to keep fans posted on the new faces of their favorite comics.
Arrow is in the lead when it comes to top DC Comics shows, with its third season set to air on October 8th, 2014. The show has been the most successful CW series since Smallville. Arrow follows Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, who spends his nights hunting down the corrupted and criminals as the costumed archer, the Green Arrow.
Gotham is set to air on Fox September, 2014. The series is based on characters from the Batman series, specifically Detective James Gordon. It brings viewers to the dark and crime-ridden city of Gotham, before Bruce Wayne grew up into Batman. The new cops vs. robber show will star James Gordon, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Preacher was in discussion for a HBO show, but after a long journey it found a home at AMC with Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg writing the script. The violent story line follows a tough preacher with the ability to make anyone bend to his will. Although Rogan has already stated that the show will not be following the comic exactly, fans can expect epic and bloody fight scenes as Reverend Jesse Custer and his team battles the forces of darkness.
NBC will be coining the popular DC Comics Hellblazer series, with a new show Constantine set to come out October 24, 2014. John Constantine, played by Matt Ryan, is a dark magician who struggles with his past while attempting to protect the world against stirring dark forces. The gritty supernatural theme sits right along side Hannibal, adding to the networks horror titles.
The Flash will be coming to The CW reportedly on October 7, 2014. The story follows a young Barry Allen; who, after witnessing his mother death, is taken in by a detective and his family when his father was falsely imprisoned for her murder. While seeking her true murderer, he ends up in an accident with a particle accelerator, giving him the ability to move at superhuman speeds. Grant Gustin stars as the Flash, along with Candice Patton and Rick Cosnett.
Rumors have also confirmed The CW is also working on a Hourman series. No word has been released yet on who is to star as the pharmaceutical analyst who discovers a magic vitamin that gives him superpowers, but only for an hour. Michael Caleo of Ironside is set with the task of adapting the famous 1940’s hero to TV.
iZombie is another upcoming CW series about a young woman’s journey as she adapts to life living as a zombie. Liv, played by Rose Mcglver, must eat brains in order to keep her memories, while gaining the memory of whomever she ingest.
In more recent news, TNT is looking into picking up a Teen Titans show. With two successful cartoon shows; the series may get its first ever live action drama series. The show is based on the popular comic The New Teen Titans, which follows Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy – a team of teenage crime fighting superheroes.
Reports have announced that Arrows creator Greg Berlanti is teaming up with producer Ali Adler to work on a script for a possible Supergirl series. Although first reports lead fans to believe The CW will be picking up the show, no networks have officially signed onto the project.
Also on rocky waters is another adaptation for a long-awaited Wonder Woman show. Allan Heinberg of The O.C., and Grey’s Anatomy have been working on the script for a while now, being on and off the bill and still up for debate. Heiberg is more skilled for his drama writing than for action, and the show aims to humanize the heroin to her pre-superhero days. An audition tape of Amy Manson was leaked, leaving fans wondering who will score the iconic role.
With pilot season well underway, DC Comics fans are waiting to see which of their favorite characters will make the cut onto prime time television. With three shows set to debut next month, there is plenty to keep busy with while the TV gods that be decide the fate of the DC Comics universe.
By Morgan Louchen