While Marvel's been ruling over at the cinemas with it's well made plan, first launched since 2008's Iron Man, DC is still taking it slow. So far their attempts have ended with a failure of a Green Lantern movie in 2011 and moderate success with Man Of Steel, while Batman alone with The Dark Knight Trilogy has been taking a stand- making sure DC doesn't get pummeled too much.
But DC has always been doing well with animation and TV, and none can deny that fact. It's weakness being only live-action movies, DC has been doing quite well in the TV department. Arrow has been ruling over TV as the best superhero show for a while now, constantly improving and outdoing itself. Marvel's Attempt Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has yet to reach the success that is being enjoyed by Arrow. I personally, as a fan of Marvel's live action adaptations watched it up until episode 7- much to my disappointment, it wasn't what I expected it to be. In fact it was no where close to my expectations. I hear a lot that it has gotten much better since Captain America 2, but I have lost interest in it. Anyway back to topic, DC has been prepping a full scale invasion of TV and it's coming, all one after another beginning this fall.
Arrow Season 3 begins once again this fall after that spectacular season finale we were treated to. And along with it, it's spin off- The Flash. Chronicling the tale of Barry Allen, a Forensic Inspector who's hit with lightning and miraculously gifted with Super-speed- to become the well known titular hero- The Flash. The scarlet speedster has had a really sweet teaser and trailer and from the looks of it- I'm starting to think, it might even surpass Arrow. That is truly saying something. It will air on Tuesdays while Arrow airs on Wednesdays in The CW.
Constantine will start this fall- October 24th to be more precise and will air on Fridays on NBC. It's much closer to the source material- the classic DC comic Hellblazer, than the Movie starring Keanu Reeves was, and looks it spectacular. Blending superhero flicks with supernatural whilst being a detective-type show. It's no exaggeration to say it can truly become a great masterpiece and someday hopefully perhaps, stand tall or maybe even surpass Hannibal, which would be quite something- considering how good Hannibal truly is. It's great.
Gotham, the interesting Batman prequel with Commissioner Gordon at it's center also depicting origin stories of Batman and a few members of his rogues gallery, looks promising. It will air on Fox on Mondays. There is a lot of speculation over this one- but I for one am going to be optimistic and watch it, as it's boasting itself as a "Never been told before Origin story" that will possess better visuals of Gotham than any other Batman film before. Hmm, will it deliver? Well, let's hope it does- time will tell.
Leaving only the weekends and a Thursday alone, DC have pretty much packed each week with their content- giving audience a weekly dose of regular DC. Though with a Preacher show at development at AMC, Hourman at CW, and DMZ. Not to mention the upcoming Izombie- I'd say DC is pretty much planning a complete dominance over Television. And how's it doing so far? Well, pretty darn good.
Letting the mainstream audience first get to know your characters and keeping them close on a weekly basis is a darn good plan at any rate. With only 3 days in the week being spared but 4 other upcoming shows, excluding it's already upcoming shows. It's jam packing everyday of the week with it's material. DC is pretty much saying- a comic hero a day directs your interest our way.
This I believe is the right way to go for DC, as some it's characters are much more suited to a regular episodic format than a 2 hour movie- like the Flash.
Arrow and Flash are in the same universe. Now it's safe to say Hourman will be as well- being under The CW. So we at least have a chance at a team up and cross-over of 3 unique heroes. Now if DC could get a Cyborg show at Fox, it'll be sort of like Almost Human, but it can really do well. As Cyborg is an interesting hero, by all means. Either way, Flash and Arrow have both hinted at Green Lantern. With Superpowers out in the open in Flash, I don't think it would be a stretch to bring in green lantern. Much like how Flash spun-off from Arrow, Green Lantern could spin off from The Flash. All WB needs to do is- just whip out a little more money for the effects. An Aquaman show can really be great as well, a man of two worlds, stuck between both. Now, all jokes aside- Aquaman is a really cool hero and has some pretty sweet powers.
With these shows that we can have- we could whip out a crossover arc. Like how marvel is doing with the Defenders series, DC could connect all it's shows and do a crossover sometime, Seriously, getting together occasionally to do a crossover- networks can do that can't they? Just once in a while, not always. Maybe someday a Justice League: Dark can be there with Constantine in it.
Now this is my theory- Connect Cyborg, Green Lantern, Arrow, Flash, Aquaman and maybe even Hourman and do a crossover. We can do a Justice League Arc.
What of the top guns- Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman? They can all be cast and instead of having each of their shows- simply appear whenever whichever show needs them to- Certain people would be cast in these three characters to perform and act in ALL these shows. Imagine, a Batman cameo is needed in Arrow, bring out this guy who's been cast.The same person would appear as the same character in all of the shows, whenever required- though much more prominently in the crossover parts. We could truly have a Justice League happen with them combating a few of the DC's villains for a while and then they would disband and go their separate ways, to protect their cities/region of choice, whilst keeping in touch and coming together to resolve certain big threats that they alone can't deal with. Seriously- Professor Zoom, Captain Cold and Deathstroke get together, I can see that happen, how sweet would that be?
And perhaps if needed, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman could all do one show together. It will easily work, as there's even a great comic based on the concept: Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity.
The show can be called- Trinity or something of the sort. And it would be a different take on JLA than the movies currently in the works. So there would be a DC universe with superhero team-ups on TV and another different one in the movies. Justice League Dark could easily be adapted to television as well.
So you could connect Constantine and the upcoming shows to an extent as well, you might not need to but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. All it takes in shows like Izombie is little Easter eggs and namedropping to let us know they're all connected even if it can't be displayed. Imagine JLA and JLA: Dark teaming up, to fight one big bad-ass villain and it's also episodic and regular. How cool would that be? Obviously all this requires a good budget, but that's the point of multiple networks- along with WB, they can fund this and truly make something amazing.
With hints and rumors of Nightwing's arrival in arrow, it's obvious that if he comes there will definitely be a mention of Gotham and Batman, as they have to tell his back story, unless they choose to alter it and erase all that- which would be quite depressing. So with League of Assassins, Ra's Al Ghul existing is it too far-fetched to have Bats appear in the show? No! And a cross-over should be fine. Pathway for a Hero team-up on TV! All it takes is proper negotiations, discussions, a willing crew, and money, all of course with consent from the respective networks. I for one hope my theory comes true- because if it does, that'll be something.
What do you think DC should do?
Anyway, the message I'm getting from all this is- "Oh Marvel, you can take the movies, we'll just rule over TV and extend our dominion in time with a Batman and Superman versus movie, then churn out our Justice League on screen."
Anyway, let me know what you thought in the comments below guys. Thanks for reading.