As a number of shows are set to return from their mid-season break, we take a look at some recent news regarding the ever-growing television world of DC Comics.
It wasn’t that long ago we heard a number of announcements from both Marvel and DC regarding their developing TV properties. Marvel and Netflix announced 4 new shows and a miniseries event, while DC shocked a number of fans when they announced Gotham, Constantine, and adjusted their plans on The Flash series.
Gotham was originally announced as a prequel to the Batman story, which would presumably focus on Jim Gordon and the Gotham police force. Batman’s involvement in the story was never on the table, but it looks like a young Bruce Wayne will indeed feature in the series, which was originally reported with a series commitment from Fox, which has yet to be confirmed. The Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin will also be making appearances on the show, which seems to have more of a Smallville feel then we previously assumed, as Fox chairman Kevin Reilly recently explained:
“The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12-year-old) until he puts on a cape (in the finale). We see Detective Gordon, before he’s a commissioner, all the characters you know, Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, all of them. It’s Gotham teetering on the edge, and we see what makes these characters become who they are, [like] Catwoman. We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality.”
NBC has announced that they have greenlit the Constantine pilot, which was written by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and long-time DC film scribe David S. Goyer. The character of John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, and is seeing a new popularity as one of the premier characters of the DC Universe, after having enjoyed long-term success with DC’s Vertigo imprint. Most non-comic fans might know the character from the 2005 Keanu Reeves film Constantine, which was pretty loosely based on the character. We are hoping to see more of the John Constantine we know and love from the comics, as opposed to the Americanized mediocrity presented by Keanu’s depiction of the character. No word yet how the TV series will affect Guillermo del Toro’s proposed Justice League Dark film, which would feature Constantine as one of the members of the team.
And finally, we get to take a look at the return of Arrow on the CW, which is arguably responsible for the recent surge in DC’s television properties, thanks to the continued success of Stephen Amell’s depiction of the Emerald Archer. After the mid-season finale “Three Ghosts” left us wanting more, it seems like it’s been a long wait for the newest episode titled “Blast Radius”. The episode features Firefly alum Sean Maher as Mark Sheffer AKA Shrapnel, and the promo below teases a confrontation between Brother Blood, more on Roy’s new abilities, and offers a few sweet glimpses of his new mask, which we get to see on January 15th.
What are your thoughts on the recent developments with DC’s TV properties? Are you excited for the return of Arrow on Wednesday? Let us know in the comments section below!
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