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Are we currently in the golden age of comic book television? On a larger scale, many would certainly agree that we are in the golden age of comic book cinema in general. Over the next 4 years, until the year 2020, there will be at least THIRTY comic book movies that will be released in theaters. Additionally, television and streaming services is hosting at least FIFTEEN different comic book properties. In my post about SUPERGIRL, I mentioned some worries that I have with overcrowding that I feel could certainly pose a threat to the amount of produced media we see with these properties. Will audiences become burned out from the overwhelming amount of properties being brought to life? Time will only tell, but I’ve found a recent video produced by Tasty Productions that does a very good job at outlining all of the comic book television shows that exist. I give some written details below. To keep things organized, this outline will categorize the shows by their respective networks:
ARROW (DC COMICS) | October 2012 - Present
Arrow has just completed it’s third season on the CW, and has already been confirmed for a fourth season. Arrow was really one of the first live-action superhero television shows, and can be viewed as the original property that began comic book tv madness (besides Smallville, of course).
THE FLASH (DC COMICS) | September 2014 - Present
The Flash television series is a spin-off from the Arrow television series, and has featured multiple crossover episodes of the Arrowverse characters. If you ask me, I think The Flash currently holds the crown as being the best live-action superhero show thus far.
DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (DC COMICS) | DEBUT: 2016
Legends of Tomorrow will also exist in the same universe as Arrow/The Flash, and will feature a crossover of characters from both shows such as Captain Cold and the Atom. The Show will premiere in January 2016
iZOMBIE (VERTIGO) | March 2015 - Present
I don’t know much about this property other than the fact that the lead character, Olivia is turned into a zombie, and then works at a Seattle Morgue, in order to satisfy her urge for brains. Nonetheless, the show has been renewed for a second season.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (MARVEL) | September 2013 - Present
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. upon its debut, brought in massive ratings for ABC. However, ratings steadily declined as the show struggled to find its footing within the larger context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite this, the show has seen improvements in reviews for the second season, and has been renewed for a third season.
MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (MARVEL) | January 2015 - Present
After positive response from the Agent Carter One-Shot, a short series was ordered to air during the mid-season break of season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Additionally, Agent Carter has also received positive reviews from audiences and critics, and will return for a second season, with Marvel constantly expanding their cinematic universe.
GOTHAM (DC COMICS) | September 2014 - Present
The Gotham television series is taking the Smallville approach, and exploring the character of Bruce Wayne before he became the Batman. While initially excited for this show, I found myself less invested as the season progressed. The story simply isn’t entertaining or enjoyable, and the acting isn’t very good. Regardless, Gotham will continue on with its second season debuting this fall.
LUCIFER (VERTIGO) | Debut: 2016
The plot will focus on Lucifer “who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals,” according to Deadline.com
UNTITILED X-MEN TV SERIES (MARVEL) | Debut: Unknown
Pretty much nothing is known about this X-Men television series other than the fact that it is in development. With hundreds of mutants to choose from, I’m sure Twentieth Century Fox will be able to expand their mutant canon into the world of television.
DAREDEVIL (MARVEL) | April 2015 - Present
Marvel expanded their cinematic universe once again with Daredevil; a highly stylized, yet gritty look into Hell’s Kitchen, NY. The series drew rave reviews from critics, and was renewed for a second season. Daredevil is also a part of a larger plan by Netflix to create a team up in The Defenders featuring street-level heroes.
MARVEL’S A.K.A. JESSICA JONES (MARVEL) | Debut: 2015
MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE (MARVEL) | Debut: Unknown
MARVEL’S IRON FIST (MARVEL) | Debut: Unknown
MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS (MARVEL) | Debut: Unknown
With Daredevil kicking off the Netflix MCU side of things, additional shows will premiere over the next couple of years, leading to The Defenders. Alan Fine, president of Marvel entertainment stated, “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure. The series will all be set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, and will unfold over several years. Their world is said to be a gritty one as well, though Marvel’s series have largely straddled the line between realistic worlds and comic book-style fun.”
TEEN TITANS (DC COMICS) | Debut: 2015
One of DC’s biggest brands since the 1980s, Teen Titans will see popular superhero such as Robin, Raven and Starfire see live adaptations on TNT in the upcoming year.
SUPERGIRL (DC COMICS) | Debut: November 2015
We just recently received our first-look at Supergirl, set to debut this fall. It is rumored that Supergirl will exist in the same universe as Arrow and The Flash, yet we have seen no actual evidence that this will be true. The cousin of Superman is sure to bring a new element to comic book television with a female lead.
POWERS (MARVEL) | March 2015 - Present
Synopsis: “Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a former power now homicide detective, Christian Walker had his own powers taken from him. Along with his partner Deena Pilgrim they work in a special homicide division called Powers, which investigates crimes involving superhumans.”
CONSTANTINE (DC COMICS) | Cancelled
Nothing really to say about this one since it didn’t get renewed for a second season. However, Arrow’s Stephen Amell is lobbying for the show to join the Arrowverse. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes.