This may come as a surprise, but comic book adaptations are kind of a thing right now. With blockbuster movies, cartoons, television shows, and Netflix series; superheroes in particular are everywhere. And judging by some of the shows that will premiere next fall, they have no plans to go away anytime soon.
This time every year, television networks announce pilot pickups and show renewals and cancellations at Upfronts. This year, almost all the broadcast networks picked up at least one series starring a comic book character. So thanks to the following series Oliver Queen and those Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will all have a lot of company come fall. You know, at least for a few weeks until at least one of these shows gets cancelled.
AGENT CARTER (ABC)
The “Captain America” spin-off “Agent Carter” has been rumored to be in the works for a while now, but now it’s actually happening! Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter will be kicking butt and taking names very soon.
The synopsis via ABC.com:
Marvel’s Agent Carter 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.
“Agent Carter” was picked up based on the Agent Carter one-shot released in 2013 and a pilot script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (“Reaper”) will serve as showrunners.
Likely because no pilot was produced, ABC has not released a trailer for “Agent Carter” yet. The one-shot is currently available on the “Iron Man 3” Bluray and via digital download.
The 13 episode first season of “Agent Carter” is slated to premiere in January.
Love the comic book “Hellraiser?” Like to pretend that movie starring Keanu Reeves doesn’t exist? Even if you did like that movie, you might like this take on John Constantine.
The synopsis via NBC.com:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine 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, 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. And 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.
“Constantine” stars Matt Ryan (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) as John Constantine, Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”) as Liv Aberdine, and Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) as Manny the angel. David S. Goyer, who’s involved with almost every DC adaptation that’s not on The CW, will executive produce.
“Constantine” will air Fridays at 10 PM this fall.
THE FLASH (THE CW)
Speaking of The CW, the little network that could continues its streak of DC Comics adaptations with “The Flash.” The “Arrow” spin-off looks like it’ll be decidedly less dark than most of the comic book adaptations being greenlit these days. Yep, people smile on this show! It’s a miracle!
The synopsis via CWTV.com:
Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Barry is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
“The Flash” stars Grant Gustin (“Glee”) as Barry Allen, Candie Patton (“The Game”) as Iris West, Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”) as Harrison West and Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”) as Detective West. The series was developed by “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and comic book and “Arrow” writer Geoff Johns.
“The Flash” will air Tuesdays at 8 PM this fall.
Did you ever wonder what life in Gotham is like for the people who aren’t superheroes with million dollars at their disposal? Fan of the comic book series “Gotham Central?” Then maybe “Gotham” is for you.
The synopsis via FOX.com:
Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
“Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie (“The O.C., “Southland”) as Detective Gordon, Donal Logue (“Terriers”) as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Matrix” trilogy) as Fish Mooney and David Mazouz (“Touch”) as Bruce Wayne. The series was developed by Bruno Heller (“Rome”).
“Gotham” will air Mondays at 8 PM this fall.
IZOMBIE (THE CW)
Thanks in part to the “The Walking Dead,” zombies, like superheroes, are having a moment right now. So making a TV show with a zombie protagonist is kind of a no-brainer (pun intended).
Synopsis (via The CW):
Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance now passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted. Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Posing as a psychic, she works with homicide detective Clive Babineaux to investigate these crimes and discover who is responsible. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least Liv can find purpose in her undead existence by helping Clive solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.
“iZombie” will reportedly be very different from the Chris Roberson and Michael Allred comic book series it is based on. The comic is about Gwen the gravedigger while the show stars Rose McIver (“Once Upon a Time”) as Liv the morgue attendant. Joining McIver are Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”) as Liv’s fiancé Major Lilywhite, Malcolm Goodwin (“Breakout Kings”) as Detective Babineaux, and David Anders (“Alias”) as Blaine DeBeers. The series was developed by Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”).
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