If you are getting tired of comic books and super heroes popping up on the big screen at the multiplex, you might want to turn away from your television next fall. Several new shows based on some intriguing characters will be hitting the airwaves (or the broadband waves) on that big screen in the living room.
Gone are the days when the “Smallville” series finale managed almost three million viewers, because today “The Walking Dead” season finale commands close to 16 million. In addition, some guys named the Avengers, Batman, Superman, Thor, Spider-Man, and more have hit the big screen pulling in billions of dollars. All that success leads to those comic book characters of old making the trek to the small screen right? Um, not exactly.
The fall of 2013 saw “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” fall into murky water from time to time, but the series still manages close to 11 million weekly viewers with DVR viewers. So “Agents of SHIELD” is back for a second go around this fall, but the series follows a group of new or little-known characters and rarely features a super-hero. So who will be joining the rag-tag group of agents, who since “Captain America 2” have been wandering around trying to get things straight? Well, “Arrow” is already making waves over the CW, and the show breathes new life into a character that got a boost in popularity from the aforementioned “Smallville.”
So coming along for the ride next year are shows about Hellblazer and Justice League Dark member John Constantine on NBC, The Flash will be running stride for stride with “Arrow” on CW, “Agent Carter (yes that Agent Carter from the first “Captain America” movie) will be popping up on the Marvel Channel, err, ABC, and Fox is ringing in what might be one of the more interesting takes on a comic book property with “Gotham,” being it is a story about the city and future commissioner Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne. Oh, and that leaves out “The Walking Dead,” and the early 2015 13-episode run of “Heroes Reborn” on NBC as well (though not technically a comic book).
Oh and while all that is going on, the usual suspects will be churning out all kinds of headlines in the movie industry as well. While Spider-Man and Captain America have already dropped new films, the X-Men, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy are waiting for their chances to headline blockbuster films. Plus, Batman and Superman will be battling it out soon and the Avengers are licking their lips for another go as well.
Those big budget movies could end up being given a run for their money by the smaller screen, if everything goes according to plan.