What a great time it is to be a comic book nerd! Not only are comic book movies dominating the theatres, they are now heading to our television sets. DC has already earned success, with Arrow, which is the most watched show on The CW, and Marvel launched Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., last year, to a tepid response from audiences.
It was obvious that both Marvel, and DC would launch more shows after the success of those two projects, but who would have thought that we’d be seeing the launch of this many comic book projects. DC alone is launching four comic book shows this year, while Marvel has announced the launch of the long rumoured, Agent Carter TV show, and will be releasing Daredevil next year to begin the road to their The Defenders mini series.
Here is what we know about all these shows so far.
Gotham centres around a young James Gordon before he became commissioner, before the days of the Batman. The series not only looks to trace the rise of Gordon, but also the rise of many of Batman’s iconic villains such as the Penguin, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. Not just the villains, the series will also look to craft the evolution of a young Bruce Wayne into the Batman. FOX’s Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, has stated, ”The actor will grow-up, if we do our job well he’ll be a young man and ready [to be Batman] by the end,” he said. “Which isn’t to say we might not skip ahead.” I’d expect the final episode to be the one where Bruce Wayne would dawn the cape, just like Smallville did with Superman.
During TCA (Television Critics Association) many critics present reported Reilly saying that the tone of the series would be in line with Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. However, Nolan will have no connection to the project.
As for the villains, don’t expect to see many of them in any of their villainous alter egos. “We’re arcing to that,” Reilly clarified. “We’re not starting in that world where the villains are in costume. You see markers for it that are delicious you see where the evolution and eccentricity where they become those characters. We don’t start off with capes and costumes.”
FOX officially ordered Gotham to series. The show has been given a 16 episode order but Reilly has stated that next season could see the number of episodes increase to 22 depending on the show’s success. FOX is contractually obligated to order 13 episodes, but gave the show a 16 episode order to show their commitment, and confidence to the series.
Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot Corey Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, and Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle.
Executive producer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot, which is directed by fellow EP Danny Cannon (Nikita). John Stephens (Gossip Girl, The OC) will also executive produce.
Gotham will air in the Fall on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.
Originally, The Flash was meant to be backdoor pilot that was supposed to air during season two of Arrow, with episodes 8 and 9 serving as his origin, and episode 20 being the one with him in full red costume, kicking ass. Instead, The CW changed their mind and decided to investment more money in the episode, and gave the show it’s own pilot.
The character of Barry Allen has already been established on Arrow, so I’d expect for this series to hit the ground running. It took the Arrow a season and half to get his mask. As you can see from the trailer, the Flash gets his suit and mask in the first episode. Also, the show’s star, and producers have said that The Flash will definitely be lighter in tone than Arrow. If you’ve seen the extended trailer than you know that is a character who is as fast (excuse me) with the quips as he is on his feet.
The producers have also made it clear to expect a lot of crossover between The Flash, and Arrow. The pilot episode even features a cameo from Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Arrow). So, expect more in the future. Also, if you’ve never seen an episode of Arrow now would be a great time to start. The show has a slow start, but keeps getting better, and better. Delivering a second season that was just great TV period.
The CW has officially picked the show to series and will be releasing it as part of its Fall TV schedule.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon.
The pilot episode is written by executive producer and DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and directed by David Nutter (Arrow, Game of Thrones). Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Boston Legal) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow) will be executive producing.
The Flash will air in the Fall on Tuesday’s at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.
The third DC comic book heading to TV is Constantine based on the DC/Vertigo series Hellblazer, about seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine.
NBC released this official description of the show:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
As for the tone of the show, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “I don’t know the DC comic very well, but there is dark, interesting stuff in it, but it’s also got some witty banter.” Later adding, “It’s a fun tone, although the supernatural stuff is scary.” Personally, the trailer has a Supernatural vibe to it, so I’d expect something in line with that series.
When asked by Eric Goldman of IGN, if Constantine would ever crossover with those other DC/Warner Bros shows, Greenbaltt replied, “Cross-network is really hard. It’s hard enough to do it within your network. I think let us see how the pilot goes before we answer that question!”
The pilot episode is written by executive producer Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist) from a story by executive producer David Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises) and directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent).
Constantine will air in the Fall on Friday’s at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.
iZombie is based on the DC/Vertigo comic book by the same name. The series will be adapted by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, and Diane Ruggiero. The show is about, “A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”
Rob Thomas has said that The CW wanted to him to create a show with a female character like Buffy or Veronica Mars. So basically the same type of show Veronica Mars was. So, I’d expect a show with a cool, funny, witty, female lead, who just happens to be a zombie, and eats brains.
iZombie is slated for a midseason release so they have yet to release a trailer for the series. Alothough, The CW did release the above displayed poster.
Hopefully as the premiere date gets closer, we hear more about the show.
Agent Carter received a straight to series order from ABC. According to marvel.com, the synopsis of the series is as follows:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
Hayley Atwell is expected to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter, while Dominic Cooper is expected to reprise his role as Howard Stark.
The show is expected to air during mid-season where it will air as a bridge in-between Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fall and spring runs. Actress Hayley Atwell, revealed that the episode order for the series will be eight for the first season.
The series will be executive produced by Christopher Markus, and Steve McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) who wrote the pilot alongside the show’s future showrunners Tara Butters, and Michele Fazekas.
Agent Carter is expected to air during ABC midseason schedule at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday’s.
Last year, Marvel announced that they had signed a huge deal with Netflix to produce four separate new live-action TV series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Those four shows will lead into a team-up miniseries, The Defenders.
Daredevil will be the first show to arrive in 2015, and has been given a 13 episode order. Originally, it was reported that Buffy, and Angel alum Drew Goddard would serve as showrunner but has recently left the project to focus on Sony’s upcoming Sinister Six movie. To replace Goddard, Marvel has chosen Spartacus show runner Steven S. DeKnight. However, Goddard did write the scripts for the first two episodes for Daredevil, and Marvel has said that they will be using those scripts. Also recently, British actor Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was cast to play Daredevil.
Daredevil is slated for release sometime in 2015. Here’s Marvel’s official synopsis for the series: Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
In regards to the rest of The Defenders, we currently know very little about them. All we know is that the Jessica Jones series does have a showrunner in Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight). A launch date is not yet known. It’s likely that we could expect a release date to be late 2015 or 2016.
We will just have to wait for Marvel to announce more details about the project in the future.