Comic Book TV Series Guide
Comic book movies are HOT, no surprise there, but what about comic book stories adapted for TV? Right now, the hot show is the CW’s Arrow, followed by the ‘rating-challenged’ show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. But what’s coming down the pipe?
In effort to try and track for my own TV viewing enjoyment, what comic book TV series are being planned, I have decided to put together a list of shows, from what we’ve heard or seen so far in the news. Of course, if I’m missing anything please help to add to the list by passing along any information or rumor you may of come across.
The shows listed are either currently airing, in-the-making, or still at the ‘idea’ stage. And although I have listed this as the 2014 guide, many of these may will hit the boom tube until 2015 and beyond.
Arrow (CW) – Currently on the CW
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance.
As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. [Continue reading at The CW]
Arrow is currently airing on the CW. The show returns to TV on January 15 2014.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – Currently on ABC
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. currently airs on ABC and returns to TV on January 7 2014.
I haven’t seen anything out of this camp with regards to the actual Flash standalone TV show, but for those of us who follow CWs Arrow, we have had a chance to meet Barry Allen, and what I’ve seen so far, I like.
Most Recent News – (Screencrush) The latest from Blüdhaven Banter (the same source of casting calls for the West family) suggests that Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen character will very likely develop an antagonistic relationship with “Detective Eddie Thawne,” very a likely an interpretation of Flash arch-nemesis Professor Zoom! Renamed from his comic origins as time-traveler Eobard Thawne, ‘The Flash”s incarnation will instead be a series regular detective transferred to Central City Police Department from Keystone, and who “harbors a dark secret,” often taking credit for Barry’s work.
Elsewhere, MovieHole claims that DC character Cisco Ramon will also have a regular presence in the series, better known as the somewhat-controversial Latino hero Vibe. The character wouldn’t yet have his vibration-based powers, instead operating among his comic roots as a talented mechanical engineer who assists Barry.
Little else is known of the CW’s ‘Flash’ spinoff, though it was decided the character be given his own pilot, rather than return for the 20th installment of ‘Arrow”s second season as originally intended. Gustin may still yet reprise the role in future ‘Arrow’ episodes, though not in any way that would deter the momentum built by its own narrative.
The network that brought you Arrow is developing Hourman, a drama based on a DC Comics character who can see flashes of terrible things that will happen an hour in the future. The hero of this story — who first appeared in a 1940 comic — is a highly intelligent, emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees. Along the way, he hopes to reunite with his ex-wife and son.
Produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros.’ feature DC adaptations. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.
John Constantine, who first appeared in 1985 as a recurring character in the horror series The Saga Of The Swamp Thing, was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano. He was portrayed by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 feature Constantine and is rumored to be featured in the Justice League Dark feature Warner Bros. has in the works with Guillermo del Toro.
Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. The Gordon character was introduced in 1939 in the very first Batman comic. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Gary Oldman. Along with the Superman franchise, the Batman universe is probably the most prized DC property.
Most Recent News – (Screencrush) According to a new casting sheet from TVShowAuditions, producers have begun the process of casting a 10 year-old Bruce Wayne, who will act as one of the regulars of the series, even beyond the pilot episode. More than that, the audition confirms that ‘Gotham’ will focus on “Gotham City PD rookie homicide detective James Gordon, who investigates the double murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne,” where previously the murder had been more ambiguously described as “a very famous double-homicide.”
Though little is known at this point regarding the Daredevil story that will air on Netflix, we do know that Marvel has confirmed that Drew Goddard will serve as showrunner and executive producer of the Netflix’s “Daredevil” series, along writing and directing the first episode.
Goddard has worked extensively with “Avengers” film franchise writer/director Joss Whedon, on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and 2012 film “The Cabin in the Woods,” Goddard’s directorial debut. His other writing credits include “World War Z,” “Lost” and “Cloverfield.”
The “Daredevil” series is set to debut exclusively on Netflix in 2015. [comicbookresources.com]
Luke Cage (Netflix)
Luke Cage, set to air sometime after Daredevil, first debuted in 1972’s Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Cage (also known as Power Man) is a New York-based character with superhuman strength. He’s also one of the first black superheroes to star in an eponymous comic-book series. Between 2003 and 2006, a film adaptation was in the works at Columbia Pictures. Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, and Fast and Furious’s Tyrese Gibson were some of the names floated around for the lead role. Unfortunately, the film never left development purgatory, and the rights reverted back to Marvel in 2013. [dailybeast.com]
Iron Fist (Netflix)
If you are not familiar with the Marvel character, Iron Fist, I encourage you to read Marvel’s most excellent database of characters here. Other than this, not much more news out on casting and Direction, but as news comes available, i will try to report. Likewise, if anyone else knows more on the Netflix Iron Fist show, do tell!