Warning: Spoilers for The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones below.
Fall 2016 is going to be full of superhero shows. When are they premiering? I got you covered. If you forgot what happened? I got your back. There is a lot of new stuff to look forward to in Marvel and DC's new seasons. With new heroes, and cliffhangers to solve, it that time of year to get back on the couch. Catch up on all your favorite shows and see whats next for these great characters on this top five superhero television preview.
5. The Flash — Season 3
The Flash is awesome. It is so hard to find episodes that aren't good, let alone people who dislike the show. The Flash is the joy and fun DC needs to contrast from the currently dark and gritty DCEU. With very fun characters, awesome reveals and even Mark Hamill, The CW's show has been a must watch since its pilot aired. To be honest, I never thought a Flash television show would work, but DC proved me wrong.
Where we left off: The Scarlet Speedster's second season ended with the show's biggest twist yet. Barry went back in time to eliminate Reverse-Flash and save his mother, leaving a entirely clean slate for next season.
Here's what we know: The beginning of the season will deal with Flashpoint, a series of events and changes that have occurred because of the fact that Barry's mother is now still in his life. We also know that Wally will also join Barry as one of the fastest men alive (don't we have have enough of those on this show already) with a sweet new costume, becoming Kid Flash.
In addition, another speedster — who is rumored to be Black Racer — has been seen in photos from the Vancouver set as an antagonist to West. It has also been revealed that Tom Felton, Draco of Harry Potter fame, has been cast in a secret role as a character who holds a love-hate relationship with Allen. Phew, that's a lot to expect from this season of The Flash. I didn't even get to mention the musical episode and that Kevin Smith is returning. More on those points in the Supergirl segment.
- The Flash Season 2 premieres Tuesday, October 4 on The CW
4. Arrow — Season 5
Unlike The Flash, Arrow has not been received positively by either critics or fans as of late. The show got too caught up with its supernatural aspects in addition to the very controversial Olicity. It does not help that the finale was a bland and boring culmination of an unremarkable season. Its past two seasons have not been that great compared to its first two, but if they listen to its fans (which they say they have been), they could manage to make make Arrow great again.
Where we left off: Laurel Lance is unfortunately gone and Oliver Queen is now Star City's mayor. It seems that it will be harder for the city to be saved now that Team Arrow has gone their separate ways. As the season begins, Queen will be busy dealing with the finale's aftermath, leaving room for a new power to rise.
Here's what we know: One of the biggest things teased in the marketing of Arrow's new season is a new team of vigilantes. The team includes Wild Dog, Mister Terrific and Artemis, and more that may be joining the team throughout the season. Oliver is going to be growing into a mentor for these less experienced heroes, it what may be a very good story arc for the character. It has also been said that Felicity will throwing away her relationships with Oliver and her parents for a new direction for this season.
Another thing that has been teased are amazing fight scenes in addition to a darker season. If Stephen Amell's bloody nose is any indication, this may have some of the best sequences yet. Out of all of the news announced, the biggest reveal was the inclusion of the villain Prometheus, who is told to be a figure from Queen's past. Who is the mysterious archer? Is it Tommy Merlyn? We'll find out eventually. Speaking of surprises, Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren is playing a Russian villain this season. It is about time the flashbacks get interesting again.
- Arrow Season 5 premieres Wednesday, October 5 on The CW
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3. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 4
Many will agree that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't have a great start when it was released back in 2013. It has progressed a whole lot since then. By adding Inhumans, progressing towards a prominent female lead, and adding great new characters Agents has turned into one of the best superhero shows on air. Hopefully the addition of Ghost Rider, and the fact that this is a clearly darker season, will make the show more contained, being more focused on solidifying its relevance in the MCU.
Where we left off: The events of the Season 3 finale really struck a nerve with Daisy. Six months after those events she has gone rogue. Coulson is now no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his team is now going after Quake. Dr. Radcliffe has also created an android who will somehow fit into the events of Season 4. How? The truth is we don't know that much yet.
Here's what we know: Ghost Rider! Ghost Rider! Ghost Rider! This season introduces a whole new central character with Robbie Reyes's iteration of the spirit of vengeance. Portrayed by Gabriel Luna, the character's appearance in the show was a giant surprise from San Diego. The fact that frequent Batman voice actor Jason O' Mara will also be entertaining to see. The Latino superhero and a new director are awesome additions to the MCU's TV division, but there is not a lot of other tidbits from the new season. Galavant's Mallory Jansen has been cast as Radcliffe's A.I. and Fear the Walking Dead's Lorenzo James Henrie has been cast as Reyes's brother, but for Agents, that's all we really know. Hopefully the romance between Fitz and Simmons works out though. Crossing my fingers.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 in a new 10:00pm time slot on ABC
2. Supergirl — Season 2
To be honest, the first season of Supergirl, being a pleasant surprise, defied my expectations. It turned out to be quirky, fun, filled with action and enjoyable, likable characters. Fans who continued watching after the pilot naturally fell in love with Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El. She is definitely the American Girl Scout that Supergirl needs to be. The crossover between Supergirl and The Flash just brought pure joy to fans everywhere, and it will be super to see where the show goes this season.
Where we left off: At the end of Season 1, Kara got promoted from being the assistant of Cat Grant to a brand new position. Martian Manhunter also reveals that Kara's father is still alive, surprising everyone in the Danvers' family. The last shot of the finale ended with Kara looking inside a pod. What was in that pod? Something that is 100 percent vital to Season 2.
Here's what we know: Superman is finally going to show his face! This means no more sitting through awkward e-mail conversations! Fans of the show will finally see Kal-El in all of his kryptonian glory. Having Superman on any show is a very lucky get, and considering that he is part of the DCEU makes it even more surprising. Luckily, Supergirl had the right team to get the job done, casting Tyler Hoechlin as the man of steel.
They also cast a new villain, choosing Katie McGarth as the antagonist Lena Luthor. It's easy to assume the relationship between the two won't start off well. Miss Martian has also been cast, with actress Sharon Leal bringing the character to life. She will be part of a very emotional and important arc for Martian Manhunter in the upcoming season. Lynda Carter has also been ideally chosen to portray the President of the United States, which already sounds perfect on paper.
Another fun addition to the team this year is Kevin Smith, who will be directing an episode titled "Supergirl Lives," a tribute to his unfortunately cancelled Superman Lives film starring Nicholas Cage. Supergirl will also be involved in a musical crossover with The Flash this season. Rumored to be directed by The Avengers' Joss Whedon, the episodes will involve those from the casts to sing and dance, featuring original songs from each episode. That is personally what I am looking forward to the most this season.
- Supergirl Season 2 premieres Monday, October 10 on The CW
1. Luke Cage — Season 1
Mike Colter's Luke Cage was one of the best parts of 2015's Jessica Jones. He was set up as a serious but also very fun character that is perfect for balancing out the dynamics for The Defenders. Seeing Cage knock out bad guys was not only entertaining, but often comedic. From what we have seen so far, Luke Cage is embracing the Harlem setting, adding the swagger and liveliness that has not been seen in any other MCU property. The Netflix corner of the franchise has been on a roll lately, and fans can't wait to see what happens next.
Where we left off: Last time we saw Colter as Luke Cage he had a very close relationship with Jessica Jones. In the show he had an arc in which he followed up what happened during the incident that killed his wife. Later in the series Cage finds out that under Kilgrave's influence, she killed the person that Cage loved the most. The show ended with Cage in the hospital after being controlled by Kilgrave during a showdown with Jones. He later disappeared from where he was being held, moving out of Hell's Kitchen and into Harlem.
Here's what we know: People that have seen it are loving Luke Cage. Reviews are raving over Netflix and Marvel's brand new show. The series follows Cage as he finds his place in Harlem, making it a better place. In what has been described as Marvel's version of The Wire, Ali's Cottonmouth, Dawson's Temple and Missick's Knight have been met with very high praise. Another highlight is the show's soundtrack, which has been said to perfectly encapsulate the show's unique tone and style. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker looks to have knocked it out of the park. The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.
- Luke Cage premiers Friday, September 30 on Netflix
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Gotham — Season 3
Why you should be excited: Say what you will about Gotham, but you do have to admit that it does have a solid cast. Everyone in the ensemble is very talented and are very entertaining to watch. The show has also been very stylish during its run on Fox, making itself a very different but also familiar vision of Gotham City. What they did this past season was a definite improvement over the first. It will be very interesting to see what they will do with a now mature Poison Ivy, the return of Fish Mooney and the progression of Hugo Strange. A clone of Wayne was an unusual choice for a cliffhanger, but hopefully it will pay off.
- Gotham Season 3 premieres Monday, September 19 on Fox
Legends Of Tomorrow — Season 2
Why you should be excited: Let's face it: Legends of Tomorrow was quite uneven for its first season. It got too busy traveling to new time periods instead of focusing on a more contained story and a solid villain. That said, this show was always fun. The characters, their banter, and their powers make all of them endlessly entertaining. The Legion of Doom, consisting of villains from all the Arrowverse shows, is going to be great to see alongside the heroes, and the fact that they are throwing in even more with The Justice Society, deserves the fans' attention.
- Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 premieres Thursday, October 13 on The CW
Now that you're hopefully caught up on what's next, it is time to get hyped for the impending Fall TV season. From The CW, ABC and Netflix, this upcoming season is going to be the best ever for superhero shows — until next year.
Which Fall superhero show are you most excited to see?