Fall TV 2014 Trend: Comic Book Heroes

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Fall TV 2014 Trend: Comic Book Heroes
July 26, 2014. Wikimedia Commons/Ben McKenzie/Vogue on the How

The lineup for Fall TV 2014 is overrun by comic book characters and observers have noted that this abundance in the selection has not happened since the 1970s. Well-established show “Arrow” as well as returning series “Marvel’s Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be joined by other comic book inspired series. What are these shows? Find out by reading below.

FOX will have “Gotham,” which has been anticipated by viewers since its development. The series is a completely different take on “Batman,” which first aired on television in 1966. “Gotham” will be less about Bruce Wayne and his alter ago, as the character is still in his pre-teens on the show. It will be more about Commissioner Gordon, as well as the development of some of Batman’s nemesis like Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and Penguin, among others. “Gotham” will feature a smorgasbord of actors lead by Ben McKenzie.

NBC will debut “Constantine” and critics have already said that the show is staying true to the comic book interpretation so far. It brings a darker, snarkier and grittier take on the comic book character and unlike many superheroes, however, Constantine does not have an acquired superpower. He only relies on his wit and passion. “Constantine” has imported Welsh actor Matt Ryan to play the titular role.

Following the success of “Arrow” on The CW, the network will have “The Flash” as its companion series. This show is a version that’s more hip and updated, compared to the series that aired in the 1990s. Young star Grant Justin will play the lead role and he is expected to pull young viewers to the network.

Midseason will bring “Agent Carter” to ABC, which is based on a character from “Captain America.” The show will take over series “Marvel’s Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.” timeslot when it goes on hiatus in January. “Agent Carter” will be headlined by British actress Hayley Atwell.

Another Marvel comic book character will be released on the streaming service Netflix with “Daredevil.” The show is expected to be out by mid-2015, with Charlie Coz playing the lead.

And there you have it, Fall TV 2014 will feature many stories based from comic books. Just like the movies, the comic book genre is currently booming and networks are inclined to do more of its  adaptations moving forward because this is what keeps viewers coming back for more. Are you looking forward to these shows?

You can follow news about these comic-book shows by checking Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Ben McKenzie/Vogue On The How

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P