Well DC fans, it certainly seems like our day has finally arrived. Joining Arrow next season will be four additional DC comics based TV series.
For those who follow TV news, this time of year is always a whirlwind. With networks presenting to advertisers and press at their respective upfronts next week, news has been coming out left and right about cancellations, pick ups, and even trailers. We’ve already gotten the news of Gotham being picked up plus the Gotham trailer which did nothing to quell our excitement for the show.
In addition to Gotham, Warner Bros. Television had three pilots at different networks vying for slots in next year’s production cycle. In a move that seemed rather unlikely, all three have been picked up.
The Flash was originally planned to have a backdoor pilot in this season of Arrow, but those plans were scrapped in favor of spending the money on a full pilot for the Scarlet Speedster. Whether or not the show would have been picked up with a backdoor pilot we’ll never know, but the full pilot was enough to garner the Grant Gustin starring show a series order. Those who watch Arrow already know how great Gustin was as Barry Allen. How that translates into the actual character of Flash, we’ll have to wait and see. We wouldn’t be surprised if a trailer for The Flash arrives during the season finale of Arrow, if not sooner.
Joining Gustin and The Flash on the CW, will be a show based on the Vertigo produced comic, iZombie. Written by Veronica Mars‘ Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggeiro, iZombie is about a medical student who becomes a zombie and then takes a job in the medical examiner’s office in order to have access to brains that she must eat to continue “living”. At first blush this sounds exactly like a show that wouldn’t quite make it to series, but Thomas and Ruggeiro seem to be hitting things on all the right cylinders lately so we’ll hold out judgement.
While The Flash and iZombie are right at home on the Warner Bros. owned network, The CW, Constantine finds itself on NBC. The biggest question about Constantine will be if it can stand out on a network filled to the gills with police and detective shows. NBC even has a supernatural/fantasy police procedural with Grimm. Constantine does win for the longest description provided by a network, that is for sure.
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) 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 (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), 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. 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. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
So there you have it. All four pilots put forth this year by Warner Bros. have found homes and it is a banner day indeed for fans of DC Comics. Hopefully we’ll feel as victorious come this time next year, but for now, let’s just enjoy it! Marvel may reign supreme in the movie theaters, but DC is looking to control TV for many years to come.