Fall is in the air and you know what that means. Pumpkin everything, Halloween just around the corner, and of course, television premieres. This year, we have several shows returning, like the highly anticipated third season of Arrow and season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, while new shows have come on, like [The Flash](movie:15273) on CW, [Gotham](series:1127075) over on Fox, and [Constantine](movie:874314) coming soon on NBC (now with 100% less Keanu Reeves)
While we have yet to see Constantine's small screen debut, the latter 4 have proven to be worth every bit of hype that they had built up. Gotham has proven to be a very original take on the legendary fictional city and the people that came out of it. Flash proved to be a rush of fun with enough action and mystery to keep us glued to the screen. And of course Arrow proved to me a rollercoaster of excitement that had people going crazy (from excitement and shock).
And Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Well, it was better than the first season...and that's about it. Don't get me wrong, I like this show, I think it does good with its source material. But it wasn't nearly as good as the other shows that are on, at least to me. Call me a DC fanboy all you want, but Marvel has shown it's weakness in the MCU machine, and it's in television.
But what are they doing wrong? I think it may boil down to a couple points.
Let's look at the DC shows that are on prime-time. Gotham is a show that tells about the early years of many Batman rogues and of course the Caped Crusader himself, with Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock as the central characters. Then there's The Flash, which tells the tale of Barry Allen's evolution into one of the most famous heroes of DC Comics. Constantine takes a dive into the dark and mystical side of the world, with supernatural elements and a rugged sorcerer fighting off the demons of Hell. And finally there's Arrow, taking one of the less popular DC characters, often called "Batman ripoff with a bow", and turning him into a legitimate hero.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is about...well, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Again, I like this show, but it doesn't offer near as much. The idea of a show entirely about the supporting characters seems interesting on paper, but when put into play, you start to realize why these characters aren't the stars.
But what makes things worse is that the planned Netflix shows look so good. Daredevil, Heroes for Hire, Defenders, all coming soon. But prime time? Agent Carter. Yeah, I know she was kinda cool in Captain America, but not that cool. Not interesting enough to get her own show. Okay, it's about the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D, but S.H.I.E.L.D is proving to be not as interesting as we thought. Why no Ghost Rider show? We certainly need to recover from Nicolas Cage's goofiness. What about Ms. Marvel? Black Panther? Namor? Now that's something I would watch! Instead of trying to make big-budget films, give them a well-written ongoing show to give them proper justice before putting them in the films. which brings me to my next point...
The "Shared" Universe
Now, Constantine and Gotham are stated to NOT be a part of the DCCU, neither is Flash and Arrow, but share a universe with each other. Agents is the only comic book show to exist within a movie universe. But there is a problem: rarely does it ever impact the movies.
The movies affect the shows, for sure. They have episodes that focus on the aftermath of the movies events, but the show does little to impact the movies. Sometimes, it has the origins for some big Marvel villains, like Graviton, Blizzard, Deathlok, and Absorbing Man, but they seem to come and go fairly quickly, not having much of an effect on the MCU in general, never facing big-name heroes. Let's talk about the main characters themselves. No cameo of Fitz or Simmons in Winter Soldier? Coulson may show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but for trying to tie in to the movies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D often times seems rather detached, even when movie characters make appearances.
I understand, these movies have their own agendas, their own screenwriters, their own directors with their own visions for these films, but for Phase 3, try to integrate them better.
Agree with me? Think I'm a one-sided pessimistic DC fanboy? I don't really care, so let me know in the comments! Hope you enjoyed reading!