Television networks are starting to come around to comic book television series opportunities and the 2014 season sees three more series joining the fray. Already on the air are “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” on ABC and “Arrow” on the CW. Both series received renewals and will come back next season. Two of the three new superhero comic book shows kicking off fresh in 2014 are spin-offs of these two popular shows and there is a third show coming as well to NBC.
Here is a look at the new comic book television shows that have been ordered for the 2014-15 television season.
The spin-off for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is based on former SHIELD Agent Peggy Carter. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have already met Agent Carter, played by Hayley Atwell, from her first appearance in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The new comic book television show will air while “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is on its winter break and show Agent Carter as she is battling terrorists in World War II and eventually helping to form the original SHIELD organization. Agent Carter also appeared in a Marvel One-Shot short film that was included on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray.
The second spin-off comes straight from the “Arrow” CW television series. In the world of DC Comics, The Green Arrow and Flash were friends and often partners and in the second season of “Arrow” they introduced Barry Allen, the hero who becomes The Flash in the DC Comics world. The entire reason they introduced him on the show was to prepare to make a spin-off based on The Flash, and that character was so popular that CW ordered it to series. The Flash is considered in comics to be the Fastest Man Alive and when not in costume works as a CSI police officer. This means that “Flash” could be a police procedural set in the world of superheroes.
The original comic book television show that is coming to NBC is based in the world of Batman, and will focus on a young James Gordon as he starts work in Gotham City as a detective. Ben McKenzie (“Southland”) stars as Gordon in “Gotham,” a series that takes place around the time that Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed. This show seems similar to “Smallville” in that fans will get a chance to see their favorite heroes and villains before they become heroes, but looks to be more of a Noir styled television series rather than one based towards young teen audiences. Other characters introduced on the show are the people who become Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy and Batman.