Remember when I posted the article that DC plans on their properties becoming seemingly ubiquitous in our daily consumption of television?
Well I did in another article... but it's been officially confirmed! Not too long ago, the joint television venture between DC parent company Warner Bros and CBS corp, the CW has green-lit not 1 but 2 DC Comics based Pilots.
First off we have [The Flash](series:1068303), starring Grant Gustin as the titular character. With the two part character arc in hit series [Arrow](series:720988) receiving positive feedback, the Flash and co were supposed to have a third appearance, to act as the backdoor pilot, in the said show but the studio and network were so confident that they decided to go the traditional pilot order route.
Everyone was aware that this was a shoe-in for pick up, but many were on the edge of their seats for the upfront news anyway. The Flash will be exec produced by the very people that brought you Arrow - Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and DC Chief Creative Geoff Johns, along with David Nutter and Melissa Kellner Berman. The show also sports an impressive array of supporting cast members - Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett ( [The Vampire Diaries](series:200853)), Candice Patton (The Game), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), John Wesley Shipp (the 90s The Flash), and Carlos Valdes.
Check out the teaser trailer and full extended trailer for Flash below
Also coming up in the next TV cycle is Veronica Mars exec Rob Thomas' take on [iZombie](series:1169542). Based on a med student turned zombie who takes a job in the coroner's office to gain access to brains she has to consume in order to survive. The books were published by DC's Vertigo imprint so it may not necessarily fit into the Arrow/Flash superhero universe, but is a great addition to the DC Television slate. Starring in the hour long drama is Kiwi acrtress Rose McIver, who is not new to the fantastical genre television landscape having appeared as Tinkerbell on ABC's Once Upon a Time. Joining her will be David Anders (Once Upon a Time, Alias), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Alexandra Krosney (Last Man Standing), Nora Dunn (Entourage), and Rahul Kohli.
With 3 DC based shows on the CW, it seems as if the 2014-2015 cycle is THE year for Comic book television.
But wait, there's more...
Likewise, NBC has confirmed a series pick up for [Constantine](movie:874314). The series chronicles the life of Constantine, a British Magician/Detective/Con Man who is thrust into the supernatural world to protect mankind against Dark Forces. The character was first featured in Hellblazer (a.k.a John Constantine, Hellblazer) published by DC comics, then moved to Vertigo Comics, and then again to DC Comics, having been relocated to Justice League Dark in light of the ‘New 52’ launch.
Starring Matt Ryan as the titular character, and exec produced by Daniel Cerone and DC go-to-guy for live action adaptation David Goyer, this is the THIRD high profile DC show to grace our screens next US TV cycle.
Whether or not this affects the rumoured DC film Justice League Dark being developed by Guillermo Del Toro, is yet to be confirmed.
Check out the full trailer for Constantine below
Rounding out the bunch of DC pickups, which ironically was the first to be announced is Gotham on FOX. Much like Constantine, Gotham will be a procedural show with a larger than life twist due to the complex world of the Batman Universe and its' villains. Starring the OC's Ben McKenzie as the main protagonist James Gordon, the series will serve as a prequel, chronicling the events occurring between the time Bruce Wayne's parents are shot in Crime Alley to the time he eventually dons the first Batman costume.
As such, the series was always a shoe in for a pick up as it was reported that it had a series commitment by the Network before the pilot had been made. It will be exec produced by Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon and John Stephens.
Check out the trailer for Gotham below.
With the confirmation of the pickup of these pilots to series, that brings a total 5 DC properties that will be airing next cycle on Major U.S. Broadcast Networks. With a few more properties rumoured to be in development on Cable television.
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