With Gotham having a strong premiere earlier this week and TNT developing a (Teen) Titans series which will see Nightwing take the lead, it’s a good time to be a DC Comics fan, and more specifically a Batman one. Elsewhere, we have Arrow, Constantine and The Flash to enjoy, with Supergirl coming to television at some point as well.
Warner Bros. and DC are making big steps to take over television, and with a number of movies dated between 2016 and 2020, Marvel are quickly finding that they have some very serious competition from the rival comics publisher.
With Warner Bros. developing an online Justice League series, you have to imagine that they have plenty of other projects in the works, and the Batman corner of the DC Universe if packed full of potentially amazing TV shows which could offer fans and non-fans alike a really unique and interesting experience. As always, let us know your thoughts on these in the usual place!
All comic book fans agree that there’s a serious lack of female superheroes in movies and on TV in leading roles, and so Batwoman quickly emerges as a worthy character to be given her own series. As a member of the Department of Extranormal Operations, her adventures are often very unique, while the fact that Kate Kane is openly gay would also help to make this series stand out as something new and exciting. Her sexuality plays a big role in Batwoman’s life and exploring that in a series would be just as interesting as her costumed adventures when she dons the cape and cowl. She also doesn’t have any major ties to Batman (at least not any which couldn’t easily be retconned or altered to some extent), making Batwoman one of the easiest characters to bring to the small screen without interfering with Warner Bros.’ movie plans.
9. Gotham Central
Gotham Central is the series that a lot of comic book fans suspected Gotham would be when it was first announced, and while that show existing now makes the chances of this incredible story ever being brought to the small screen a little slimmer, it would be amazing to get an adaptation of this somewhere down the line. The Eisner award winning comic book focused on a group of detectives as they dealt with the aftermath of Batman’s actions in the city and a number of his villains and DC Comics storylines. It would be fascinating to make this a really dark and gritty HBO or Netflix series set in the same world as Batman v Superman, with the spotlight put on the team during pivotal moments in the Caped Crusader’s history just as the comic book did. Get Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka to write, and you have an instant Emmy winner!
8. The Huntress
The Huntress is a character who has already been established as part of the Arrow universe and the background they’ve given their version would make it impossible to suddenly retcon her into being Batman’s daughter from an alternate universe! Regardless, there’s definitely the potential for a TV series starring Huntress and while it could be in the form of an Arrow spin-off, we think it would be much better to wait a few years and have her feature in a show which could really take advantage of the storytelling opportunities presented by making her the daughter of Earth-2’s Batman and Catwoman. In fact, with a Supergirl show on the way, imagine if she were to be featured in that only for her and Supergirl to be stranded on another Earth, later becoming Power Girl and Huntress as in their recent comic book series in “The New 52″?
7. Arkham Asylum
There are many, many comic book arcs and limited series’ which could be used as inspiration for a TV show based on this iconic Gotham City location, but rather than regurgitate those to you here, here’s our pitch. It would likely have to be an eight-part series on a network like HBO (it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to successfully turn this into a 22-part episodic series), and that scrapped Supermax movie could be a great place to turn for inspiration. For those of you unfamiliar with that, it would have featured Green Arrow trying to battle his way out of a supervillain jail after being wrongly imprisoned, with the likes of Lex Luthor and The Joker all set to cameo. Now, imagine picking a character from the Batman corner of the DC Universe (Bruce Wayne, sans costume and gadget perhaps?) and placing them in a similar situation with everyone from The Riddler to Killer Croc and Mr. Freeze making their presence felt as the lead tries to escape the deadly institution?
Batman has had many sidekicks over the years, but somewhere along the line Spoiler (who would serve as Robin for a time before starring in her own series as Batgirl) became a hot fan favourite who was recently brought into “The New 52″ seemingly as a result of popular demand alone. A TV series focusing on a young female character like Stephanie Brown seems perfectly suited to The CW, and the fact that she is the daughter of the villainous Cluemaster would provide this potential adaptation with a great place to kick things off as she investigates his actions in an overarching story arc which could be spread out over a number of seasons. There’s a reason that Spoiler is so popular, and regardless of whether this was set before or after her time working with Batman, it has the potential to be something really special if handled properly.
This is unlikely, especially with Ben Affleck set to play the Caped Crusader on the big screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and likely his own solo movie sometime between 2016 and 2020 as well. However, Smallville was on the air when Superman Returns was released and it’s been made clear that Warner Bros.’ TV and movie projects are being kept separate. So, while Gotham will shed some light on Bruce Wayne’s childhood, why not devote a series to a young Batman’s adventures? After all, Affleck is play a Batman who is in his 40’s, and there’s a lot of ground which a TV series could explore in the years he was operating before then, even if it wasn’t directly connected to the movies. Arrow and The Flash have shown that superheroes can be done well on the small screen, and there’s a lot of potential with this one!
While her awful solo outing (starring Halle Berry) is a movie we’d all like to forget exists, Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway have shown that there’s a lot of potential for a [Catwoman Spin-off](movie:490509). With The Dark Knight Trilogy over, a spin-off starring the latter actress that many fans wanted to see happen will likely never become a reality, but the small screen could be the perfect place for this fan-favourite character. We’re going to see a young Selina Kyle in Gotham, and while it will be pretty interesting to see those early years further explored, a series dealing with her life as a costumed thief and vigilante ultimately holds a lot more appeal. There are a lot of superhero TV shows now airing or on the way, and very few of them have female leads. With DC taking over television, bringing one of their best female characters to this arena would be a very smart move!
3. The Outsiders
The Outsiders were founded by Batman and have gone through a number of iterations over the years, but a series based on their adventures could be a lot of fun and would give Warner Bros. the chance to utilise some of their more obscure characters. Viewed as as a black ops version of the Justice League, their adventures could see the team tackle a variety of threats, though you have to wonder just how much of a priority a series like this would be with Titans on the way and talk of a Suicide Squad spin-off from [Arrow](series:720988)! Regardless, the Caped Crusader’s role could be minimal, but lesser known Bat-Family members like Batwing or many of those introduced in the pages of Batman, Incorporated would fit right in here. Many of the other characters featured on this list could also be used in a leadership position if they don’t get their own shows!
Like the other female superheroes listed here, Batgirl has the potential to fill a serious void in the male-dominated market. However, the reasons why the character has taken such a high spot in this list are many. Firstly, the fact that her father is Commissioner Jim Gordon would add an interesting wrinkle to Batgirl’s vigilante activities, and looking at some of her adventures in “The New 52″ continuity for inspiration leaves us with a lot of great directions to take this one in too. Setting the series after the altercation with The Joker (which left Barbara in a wheelchair for a time) seems sensible, as would making her insane brother James a recurring character. This is a superhero series which would have not only an ass-kicking Batgirl as lead, but also a family dynamic which makes it stand out somewhat from many of our other suggestions.
1. Red Hood
Red Hood is a fascinating character, and while his potential as a Punisher-like figure in the DC Universe has been squandered somewhat due to a few pretty terrible stories before “The New 52″ reboot and a heroic makeover after the relaunch, a TV series for Jason Todd has massive potential. While [Gotham](series:1127075) looks set to build up to the moment that Bruce Wayne puts on the mask and becomes Batman, the set up here could be the build up to Jason returning home and revealing his identity to his former mentor as in the comic books. Covering the years while he was away, this series could pick any city really and have him dish out some brutal justice as as the Red Hood attempts to shed Batman’s influence and what The Joker did to him. Supernatural can’t have too many years left, so this is a role just waiting for fan favourite pick Jensen Ackles