You may not know Greg Berlanti, but you've definitely heard of #TheFlash, #Arrow, #Supergirl or #LegendsofTomorrow, all of which have been produced by this influential individual. Simply stated, there's the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe and then there's the Berlanti TV-verse. Comprising of a large number of comic book entities (among them The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl) the Berlanti Universe, unbeknownst to us, has spread slowly and steadily across all major channels on cable TV.
The writer, producer and director got his start on WB's Dawson's Creek, before working on other critically successful shows like Everwood, Jack and Bobby and eventually Arrow. It's safe to say that he is killing it these days. Check out all his upcoming shows and movies:
The DC TV Domination
If #Marvel has taken control of most of the superhero genre in movies and worked at establishing the #MCU as a single entity, then DC TV (at least that under Berlanti) has done the same. Thanks to Berlanti, DC has introduced what fans have termed the Arrowverse: An exclusive group of CW and Berlanti TV shows all spawning off 2012's Green Arrow-based TV show Arrow: The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016), not to mention CW Seed's animated #Vixen and the upcoming #TheRay, are all spin-offs of the fore mentioned Arrow. Despite being different shows with different storylines, characters from one show are frequently crossing over to others, even the animated Vixen appeared as a human on an episode of Arrow. Berlanti is also responsible for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Fox and DC comic's #BlackLightning.
DC has dominated the TV and movie world with their characters and stories for a long time. While the last eight to ten years for DC films can't be described the best, DC TV shows have continued to stay in demand all thanks to Berlanti productions. In fact, compared to Marvel (which only has #AgentsOfSHIELD on #ABC), DC has Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and iZombie on #TheCW, Lucifer and Gotham on #Fox, Preacher on #AMC and the upcoming NBC workplace comedy Powerless. Marvel has set up its base on Netflix, where it has produced four original shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming #IronFist. However, considering that most of the above mentioned DC properties are also on Netflix as well as other streaming sites, DC clearly has more presence, largely due to the contributions of one man.
Greg Berlanti currently has two TV shows on NBC: The Mysteries of Laura (on its final season now) and the 2015 breakout hit Blindspot, which was the highest-rated new broadcast series last season among adults 18–49, starring Jaimie Alexander. It's worthwhile to remember that both of last year's most watched pilot's (Supergirl and #Blindspot) were from Berlanti.
The Story Continues
His success streak only begins here, as he's a producer on various upcoming television shows on many different networks. The producer has commitments to several up and coming projects with ABC, from Criminal (a crime drama where a con man and his team complete missions to clear their name), to a Mentalist-type series about a brilliant magician who works with the FBI to solve crimes called Deception, co-written by Blindspot's creator Martin Gero. He is also working on comedy Raised By Wolves, an adaptation of the 2015 UK series, written by Diablo Cody. The producer and director has also teamed up with #TheVampireDiaries creator Julie Plec and Jake Coburn for the ABC drama The Marquis, as stated by The Hollywood Reporter.
Over at #Fox, Berlanti has teamed up with the Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil on a DC project (Black Lightning) about a man who stopped being a hero years ago but was later forced to return to his crime-fighting ways in order to save his city. What sets it apart from other shows is that it features a titular African American male lead, one of the first in DC comic lore back in 1977, and it focuses on a father and daughter relationship. Apart from Black Lightning on Fox, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions is working on a (currently untitled) single-camera comedy with actress-writer Erin Foster.
Apart from the Arrowverse on The CW, Greg Berlanti is also bringing a darker, Twin Peaks-inspired take on the Archie comics next year titled Riverdale. The trailer for the show has been taken several times off of Youtube, but if you're as interested in the show as I am, then take a look here.
Berlanti has four shows playing day after day from Monday to Thursday, all of which are big names and draw a good audience for CW. It's no wonder that CW is so eager to buy his shows. An example of that is Casa. As per Deadline, "Casa revolves around six siblings in a Hispanic family who have to band together to survive when their parents get unjustly deported." The show is penned by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. Greg Berlanti has also teamed up with #The100 creator Jason Rothenberg for a mystery drama called Searchers. According to its description:
'Searchers' centers on a group of people who take on the unforeseen roles of heroes as their lives head in a grand new direction. A logic-minded man and his nonconformist sister come together, for better or worse, a decade after the death of their parents, when it's discovered the baffling stories their mother used to tell them were far closer to the truth than they thought. From there, a world of unexplained myths, mysteries and legends is unlocked for the siblings.
The whole thing somewhat reeks of X-Men and the brother-sister bond described seems like that of Xavier and Mystique's from X-Men: First Class. Rothenberg made an incredible show out of very poor source material (the show is very loosely based on a book called The 100 by Kass Morgan) in developing The 100 for CW, so it's impossible to not have high hopes for this project.
The Undeclared King Of TV
At the rate he's going, Berlanti will pretty much have the whole TV world under his thumb in the coming years. He's currently involved with Fox, ABC, CW, NBC and that is just based on the list of his disclosed projects. He's got several yet to be declared projects and a large number of them are with WB. Many people may not know his name or simply hold a bias against him for not liking his DC TV universe or Green Lantern movie, but his large slate of projects indicate that in a few years, this current underdog is going to dominate TV.
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