A Beginner's Guide To This Season's Superhero TV
With Marvel's Cinematic Universe blowing up movie theaters, everyone with a superhero franchise is looking to cash in on the ride. To that end, at least 7 different comic book TV shows will be gracing your living rooms in the coming months.
Here's a breakdown of each one, and why you should (or shouldn't) be watching them.
GothamHave you ever wanted to explore Batman's origin stories through the lens of a young Jim Gordon? Well, Fox is giving you exactly that with Gotham. The show opens on the death of Bruce Wayne's parents, but focuses on the investigation of the crime by then-Detective Jim Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock.
The show will also deal with the rise of several popular Batman villains including The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Get ready to see just how Gotham City turned into the perfect environment for The Dark Knight.
You Should Watch It If: You loved Muppet Babies and want to see a gritty crime version in the Batman universe.
You Should Not Watch It If: You can't handle your Batman without Batman. It's like decaf coffee.
Premeires: Monday, September 22nd at 8:00 PM, (FOX)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2The Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the silver screen this summer. Both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy raked in the Box Office dollars. Marvel's television prospects, however, have not been as successful. The first season of Marvel's TV spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was mixed in ratings and critical acclaim.
In fairness to Coulson and the team, the show did kick it up after the events of The Winter Soldier bled through into the show in dramatic form. Can they hold that momentum into Season 2?
You Should Watch It If: You believe S.H.I.E.L.D., like other Joss Whedon shows, will only get better with age.
You Should Not Watch It If: You think all these cross-over movies and shows is just confusing. I just want to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2!
Premieres: Tuesday, September 23rd at 9:00 PM, (ABC)
The FlashIn response to the huge success of Arrow, The CW is bringing you a spin-off straight out of the Justice League with The Flash. Like it's predecessor, The Flash will be primarily targeted to teens (a la everything on CW), but even so it's beginning to look uniquely charming and funny.
Sure, everyone on the cast is a 20-something genius scientist, but with potential cross-over appeal with Arrow and a bevy of Easter Eggs already circling the rumor mill, The Flash is looking like the cult breakout of the Fall line-up.
You Should Watch It If: You think Pretty Little Liars needs some Justice League members.
You Should Not Watch It If: You like your superhero shows like you like scotch, aged to perfection.
Premiered: Tuesday, October 7th at 8:00 PM, (The CW)
Arrow - Season 3One of The CW's flagship show, Arrow, holds the distinction of being the only current superhero show to consistently feature actual superheroes. For two seasons, audiences have watched Oliver Queen struggle against famous villains like Deathstroke and Deadshot, while teaming up with equally famous allies like Black Canary. While S.H.I.E.L.D. occasionally gives us glimpses into their cinematic universe, Arrow has always centered on a superhero vs super villains.
On the flip side, this is another CW show, which means it has the tendency to move toward teenage angst and melodrama. As it enters it's third season, those who are not dedicated viewers could easily be lost in the complex machinations of its plot.
You Should Watch It If: You like hunky guys and sexy gals taking down evil-doers while consistently changing allegiances and suffering hardcore feels.
You Should Not Watch It If: All you can think is, "I have to watch two seasons on Netflix, ain't nobody got time for dat".
Premieres: Wednesday, October 8th at 8:00 PM, (The CW)
ConstantineBased on the most successful Vertigo comic, Hellblazer, NBC's horror superhero hybrid, Constantine looks to be half Buffy the Vampire Slayer and half The Exorcist. John Constantine, created by Alan Moore, is an occult magician and detective, who is Earth's only defense against the hordes of Hell seeking refuge and dominion amongst the living.
Many of you may remember the 2005 film Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves. NBC's reboot looks to replace the moodiness of the film with a more irreverent tone filled with dark humor. But beware, this is not your kid's superhero show, which is why it has the latest time slot of all the comic book shows.
You Should Watch It If: You're not tired of the paranormal investigator trope, and you have a strong stomach for possession stories.
You Should Not Watch It If: Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a little too scary for you.
Premieres: Friday, October 24th at 10:00 PM, (NBC)
Marvel's Agent CarterMarvel's second series to hit the small screen has a few key characteristics that set it apart from the others on this list. First, the main protagonist is a woman with no real super-powers. Two, it's set just following WWII in the 1940's.
If you missed it in the Captain America movie franchise, Agent Peggy Carter, was Steve Rogers' WWII era love interest. When Cap was frozen at the end of his first movie, Carter went on to finish the war and co-found S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC's Agent Carter will show audiences the road she took following The First Avenger.
You Should Watch It If: You thought Hayley Atwell's performance as Peggy Carter was the best part of the first Captain America film.
You Should Not Watch It If: You thought anything else about that film was good. C'mon, get better taste.
Premieres: TBA Janurary, 2015, (ABC)
Daredevil (And The Defenders) Coming to NetflixWith the success of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, it makes sense that Netflix would enter the superhero market eventually, we just couldn't imagine they would take on something as massive as this. Starting sometime mid-2015, Netflix will begin it's first Marvel show out of five with Daredevil.
Following it's 10 episode run, Netflix will produce three more shows, one each for Marvel heroes Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. At the culmination of these four shows, the "Street-Level" Marvel heroes (as they've been dubbed) will meet up in the mini-series event the Defenders. Picture it like a Netflix exclusive, TV version of The Avengers.
While there is no trailer set for the premiere of Daredevil, there are some choice behind the scenes photos.
You Should Watch It If: You love the MCU, but would prefer to spend whole weekends binge watching your favorite heroes.
You Should Not Watch It If: You're over 50 and still pay for a cable subscription. Seriously, cut the cord, guys.
Premieres: TBA May 2015, (Netflix)
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