It’s been my belief for years that DC Entertainment’s strength has always been in their TV development. While the 1990s-2000s Batman movie franchise was fun its cartoony sort of way, the lot of them will go down in history as basically terrible. Christopher Reeves’ Superman movies helped make the comic book genre, but again, they weren’t winning any Oscars. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has been a relative bright spot among a few failed ventures (*coughGreenLanterncough*) and DC is hoping against hope that their new slew of movies will be hits.
But let’s face it: DC is basically killing the TV game and there is only more to look forward to.
The CW’s Arrow and The Flash have been hits with fans and critics, enough so that they’ve spawned a new spin-off — Legends of Tomorrow. The show will include favorites from Arrow and Flash, including a resurrected Caity Lotz as White Canary, Brandon Routh as The Atom, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave. The show will also introduce Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter (played by Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill!), among a new “big bad.” From the initial trailer, it looks like we’re in for a time-traveling, wise-cracking time.
Of course, The CW won’t have a complete monopoly on DC Comics shows next year. CBS bought the pilot for a Supergirl series from Arrow/Flash mastermind Greg Berlanti early this year and released the first trailer during Upfront week. The series stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Mehcad Brooks as James Olson, and Calista Flockhart as (fun!) Cat Grant. Flockhart’s speech pretty much sets the tone for what the series might be like — a kick-ass hour of female empowerment.
Which show are you more excited for?
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