ByTom Bacon, writer at Creators.co
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Nowadays, superheroes are big news. We're only partway through the year, and we've already been treated to the launch of Legion, marveled as the stars of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took down the Framework, and watched with awe as Supergirl took on her own cousin in combat! But what can we expect going forward?

For your viewing pleasure, here is the ultimate list of all new and upcoming superhero TV shows!

The Defenders

Exciting times for Marvel fans! 'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]
Exciting times for Marvel fans! 'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: 08/18/2017
  • Showrunner: Marco Ramirez
  • Cast: The Defenders unites the stars of Marvel's Netflix shows, including Charlie Cox's Daredevil, Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, Mike Colter's Luke Cage, and Finn Jones's Iron Fist. The show will also feature Elodie Yung as the resurrected assassin Elektra, and introduce us to Sigourney Weaver's mysterious villain, Alexandra.
  • Season: 1

Next up from Marvel Television, is the hotly anticipated climax of all their Netflix shows to date. The eight-episode series will unite a ragtag band of heroes against the threat of the Hand — and a dark, dangerous figure that looms in the shadows...

The Tick

Sure to be a wild ride! [Credit: Amazon]
Sure to be a wild ride! [Credit: Amazon]
  • Release date: 08/25/2017
  • Showrunner: Ben Edlund
  • Cast: Peter Serafinowicz will take center-stage as the Tick, with Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry as Arthur and Dot Everest.
  • Season: 1

Amazon's live version of — which has gone from comic to cartoon to live-action superhero series — is set to debut on August 25th. An underdog accountant will discover a criminal conspiracy, and find himself teaming up with a strange superhero...

The Inhumans

Coming this fall! 'Inhumans' logo [Credit: ABC]
Coming this fall! 'Inhumans' logo [Credit: ABC]
  • Release date: 09/29/2017
  • Showrunner: Scott Buck
  • Cast: Starring Anson Mount as the silent Inhuman monarch Black Bolt, with Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad. We'll also be seeing Serinda Swan as Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton, and Sonya Balmores as Auran. Ellen Woglom's role is currently unknown.
  • Season: 1

Possibly Marvel's most high-risk show to date, has been produced thanks to a ground-breaking deal between Marvel, ABC, and IMAX. The first two episodes will premiere on IMAX cinemas worldwide from September 1st, with the series airing from the 29th.

Krypton

These heroes won't save their world. 'Krypton' logo [Credit: Fox]
These heroes won't save their world. 'Krypton' logo [Credit: Fox]
  • Release date: Fall 2017
  • Showrunner: Damian Kindler
  • Cast: Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El and Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod. Other major cast members include Ian McElhinney as Val-El, Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, and Ann Ogbomo as Alura Zod.
  • Season: 1

Hot on the heels of Gotham, promises to be a unique sci-fi superhero show. It charts the desperate attempts to save the doomed world of Krypton — and we've been promised some surprise guest-stars. In an exciting twist, it seems Krypton is the only DCTV show to actually be set in the !

Gotham

The young Bruce Wayne. [Credit: Fox TV]
The young Bruce Wayne. [Credit: Fox TV]
  • Release date: 09/21/2017
  • Showrunner: Bruno Heller
  • Cast: Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Commissioner Gordon, with David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne and Camren Bicondova as Selena Kyle. Other key figures include Sean Pertwee's Alfred, Robin Taylor's Penguin, and Cory Michael Smith's Riddler.
  • Season: 4

Darker and grittier than your standard DC fare, is the story of Batman before he was Batman. By all accounts, Season 4 is going to be an important chapter in the life-story of David Mazouz's young Bruce Wayne, as he takes some major steps on the road to becoming the Dark Knight.

Lucifer

Magical. 'Lucifer' [Credit: Fox]
Magical. 'Lucifer' [Credit: Fox]
  • Release date: 10/02/2017
  • Showrunner: Tom Kapinos
  • Cast: Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as the titular figure, with supporting cast including Lauren German as Chloe Decker and Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen.
  • Season: 3

is returning for a super-sized third season, with four episodes migrating into Season 3. Let's face it, Lucifer adds a tremendous sense of range to the network superhero TV shows — it's one of the few to dive deep into the idea of magic and mysticism!

The Gifted

  • Release date: 10/02/2017
  • Showrunner: Matt Nix
  • Cast: The Gifted focuses in on the Strucker family: Reed (Stephen Moyer), Caitlin (Amy Acker), Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind), and Andy (Percy Hynes White). Confirmed X-Men include Blink (Jamie Chung), Polaris (Emma Dumont), and Thunderbird (Blair Redford).
  • Season: 1

The continuity of the universe is a thing of mystery, so we don't yet know whether or not is actually part of the same universe as any of the films. Whatever the truth may be, though, Matt Nix's show promises to dive straight into the heart of the mythos — in a world that hates and fears mutants.

Supergirl

Flying high! 'Supergirl' [Credit: The CW]
Flying high! 'Supergirl' [Credit: The CW]
  • Release date: 10/09/2017
  • Showrunner: Andrew Kreisberg, Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner
  • Cast: Melissa Benoist takes center-stage as Supergirl, with Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, and David Harewood as the Martian Manhunter. We can expect to see more of Tyler Hoechlin's Superman, while Calista Flockhart is returning as a series regular for Season 3.
  • Season: 3

Nobody was surprised to hear that had been renewed for a third season: it's one of the most successful superhero TV shows around! Melissa Benoist has captured our hearts as the Girl of Steel, even if the close of Season 2 has given poor Kara Danvers yet another dose of tragedy. Where will the show go from here?

The Flash

Barry takes a stand. [Credit: The CW]
Barry takes a stand. [Credit: The CW]
  • Release date: 10/10/2017
  • Showrunner: Greg Berlanti
  • Cast: Grant Gustin plays the scarlet speedster, with supporting cast including Danielle Panabaker's Killer Frost, Candice Patton's Iris, Jesse L. Martin's Joe West, and Carlos Valdes's Sisco.
  • Season: 4

Season 3 of ended with a bang and with an unexpected departure, leaving Team Flash in quite a predicament. By all accounts we're about to see the Scarlet Speedster enter a season with a villain who isn't a fellow speedster; comic book villain Devoe, a.k.a. The Thinker, was teased throughout The Flash Season 3, so expect at least a passing appearance from him.

Legends Of Tomorrow

Who will be the new Legends? [Credit: The CW]
Who will be the new Legends? [Credit: The CW]
  • Release date: 10/10/2017
  • Showrunner: Phil Klemmer
  • Cast: With hints that the cast is about to change significantly — we'll have to wait and see!
  • Season: 3

After a tremendous Season 2 finale, what's next for ? Unlike the rest of the , this is one show that doesn't mind killing characters off (although, given the concept of time-travel, that doesn't rule out their returns). Showrunner Phil Klemmer has been teasing that we can expect the team to change shape in Season 3, and the only thing that has to remain is the Waverider. Season 3 is due to air an hour later, showing immediately after The Flash, so it's going to be interesting to see if it gets a little darker.

Arrow

What's next for the Emerald Archer? [Credit: The CW]
What's next for the Emerald Archer? [Credit: The CW]
  • Release date: 10/12/2017
  • Showrunner: Marc Guggenheim
  • Cast: Arrow stars Stephen Arnell as Green Arrow, with recurring cast including Emily Bett Rickards's Felicity, Colton Haynes's Roy Harper, and John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn.
  • Season: 6

Although every year is the beginning of a new story for the flagship series , that's especially the case for Season 6. After all, the five years of island flashbacks have come to an end, meaning the show has to take a slightly different approach. With the show moving to a later time slot, will it get even darker?

The Punisher

'The Punisher' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Punisher' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: November 2017
  • Showrunner: Steve Lightfoot
  • Cast: The Punisher sees Jon Bernthal reprise his famous role, while Deborah Ann Woll returns as Karen Page. It's also set to introduce us to Ebon Moss-Bachrach's Micro.
  • Season: 1

Jon Bernthal is reprising his role as the widely acclaimed , and he's sure to cut a bloody swathe through the Marvel Universe's criminal underworld! One of the show's directors recently let slip that it's due to stream in November.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Runaways

Coming sooner than expected! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Coming sooner than expected! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: 11/21/2017
  • Showrunners: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage
  • Cast: Boasting a massive cast, the heroes are Rhenzy Feliz (Alex Wilder), Lyrica Okano (Nico Minoru), Virginia Gardner (Karolina Dean), Ariela Barer (Gert Yorkes), Gregg Sulkin (Chase Stein), and Allegra Acosta (Molly Hayes).
  • Season: 1

How many kids have thought their parents were evil? Brian K. Vaughan's dearly-loved told the tale of a group of teenagers who learned that their parents were actually super-villains — and it only got more dramatic from there!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Chloe Bennet's LMDs. 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' [Credit: ABC]
Chloe Bennet's LMDs. 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' [Credit: ABC]
  • Release date: 11/24/2017
  • Showrunners: Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen
  • Cast: Starring Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson and Chloe Bennet's Quake, the cast is rounded out by Ming-Na Wen's Agent May, Elizabeth Henstridge's Simmons, Iain De Caestecker's Fitz, Henry Simmons's Mack, and Natalia Cordova-Buckley's Yo-Yo.
  • Season: 5

has been renewed for a fifth season, and many fans fear this will be the end of the line for Coulson and his team. ABC President Channing Dungey recently revealed that the series will begin airing "right after" the 8-episode-long Inhumans, meaning we can expect the show to return on November 24th. It's expected to air its 22-episode-season mostly uninterrupted, which means we're likely to see an explosive tie-in with Avengers: Infinity War — not least because Season 4 closed with a tease that the show is heading to space!

Black Lightning

  • Release date: Fall 2017
  • Showrunner: Greg Berlanti
  • Cast: Starring Cress Williams as the main man, the show also features China Anne McClain and Nafessa Williams as Black Lightning's daughters and Christine Adams as his ex-wife.
  • Season: 1

Recently receiving a full series order, The CW's is believed to stand apart from the Arrowverse. A first trailer promises a superhero show that's a lot grittier than the standard CW fare, so we're eagerly awaiting further details!

Legion

The star of 'Legion' [Credit: FX]
The star of 'Legion' [Credit: FX]
  • Release date: February 2018
  • Showrunner: Noah Hawley
  • Cast: Expect familiar faces, including Dan Stevens's David Haller, Rachel Keller's Syd, Jean Smart's Melanie Bird, Katie Aselton's Amy Haller, and — of course — Aubrey Plaza's sinister Shadow King.
  • Season: 2

The first season was head-spinning and trippy in the extreme, but we've now learned what to expect from Noah Hawley's . Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger, with David imprisoned by a mysterious force, and the Shadow King loose once again. One thing's for sure with Legion, though; you won't ever be able to predict which direction this show will take.

Cloak and Dagger

'Cloak and Dagger' [Credit: Freeform]
'Cloak and Dagger' [Credit: Freeform]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Joe Pokaski
  • Cast: Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph star in this intriguing new show.
  • Season: 1

One of Marvel's more surprising new shows, is clearly being geared up as one of Freeform's flagship shows. It promises to blend superhero action with teenage angst in all the best ways!

Daredevil

'Daredevil' [Credit: Netflix]
'Daredevil' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez
  • Cast: Charlie Cox returns as Daredevil, and we can expect Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Elden Henson as Foggy.
  • Season: 3

The flagship of Marvel's Netflix shows, Season 3 was teased at last year's SDCC — but won't arrive until next year. It's going to be interesting to see how The Defenders changes Matt Murdock's status quo.

Jessica Jones

'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]
'Jessica Jones' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Melissa Rosenberg
  • Cast: Expect Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones and Rachael Taylor's Patsy Walker to return, while there are good odds Wil Traval's Nuke will play a major role.
  • Season: 2

The first season of was a dark, brooding psychological drama. Now that Kilgrave's out of the way, though, the show's going to have to adapt as Jessica Jones faces a new threat — and works to solve the mystery of her own powers.

Luke Cage

'Luke Cage' [Credit: Netflix]
'Luke Cage' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Cheo Hodari Coker
  • Cast: Mike Colter's Luke Cage returns, but we really don't know much about the series' secondary characters to date.
  • Season: 2

Rounding out next year's Marvel Netflix shows, will see Mike Colter reprise his role as the hero of Harlem. As the timeline of the Marvel Netflix shows relentlessly advances nearer to the events of Captain America: Civil War, though, Luke Cage's superhero life is surely about to get a lot more complicated!

New Warriors

The unbeatable Squirrel Girl! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
The unbeatable Squirrel Girl! [Credit: Marvel Comics]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Unknown, but there are strong rumors Kevin Biegel is near a deal to sign up as showrunner
  • Cast: Unknown
  • Season: 1

Mixing up the Marvel range all the more, promises to be a teenage comedy about a young group of wannabe heroes. In a move that indicates the youthful target demographic, Marvel has blended the original comic book concept with the unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

Titans

No longer just an animated series! [Credit: DC Comics]
No longer just an animated series! [Credit: DC Comics]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Showrunner: Greg Berlanti
  • Cast: Unknown
  • Season: 1

Launching DC's OTT range, promises to bring the fan-favorites to life! We don't yet know much about the project, so keep your eyes peeled for details...

Iron Fist

Finn Jones in 'Iron Fist' [Credit: Netflix]
Finn Jones in 'Iron Fist' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Release date: Unknown (possibly 2018)
  • Showrunner: Raven Metzner
  • Cast: Finn Jones is reprising the starring role of Iron Fist, joined by Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing and Simone Missick's Misty Knight
  • Season: 2

Season 1 may have been panned by the critics, but it was a ratings success. As a result, at Marvel announced a second season, but switching things up by replacing showrunner Scott Buck with Raven Metzner, a martial-arts fan who's best known for Sleepy Hollow. Filming is due to start later this year, raising the intriguing possibility that we may get four Marvel Netflix shows next year!

Which superhero series are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!

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