There is a strong presence to Warner Bros and the DC licenses all across media. With Man of Steel hitting theaters a while back we were slowly entering an age for a DC Cinematic Universe to compete with Marvel Studios and are still anticipating the release of Batman v Superman. While I am not here to comment on the possibilities of their success for the future, as that would be worth its very own article and much more research, I am trying to take a different look at the DC expansion. To be more exact, what they are doing on television.
Probably like many I grew up with the DC animated features, I was a big fan of the Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, but came to love their direct-to-DVD features, counting Batman: Under the Red Hood as one of my personal favorites. While their current release of Throne of Atlantis has certainly peaked my interesting, it does depress me personally to see Beware the Batman fail on Television. Somehow their television series are great, but can’t prove themselves beyond two seasons. Cartoon Network had with their DC hour quite a strong competitor against the Disney Channel, or to be specific Disney XD with their Marvel Universe program. Naturally every show’s quality is debatable and dependant on everyone’s opinion, but the massive controversy behind DC Nation’s strange constant hiatus has brought along a lot of problems and as a result a lot of fan-favorite shows got cancelled prematurely.
While once the kings of animation, DC properties have been facing some issues, they have been quite successful somewhere else, the CW. Arrow and its latest spin-off [The Flash](series:1068303) have proven to be powerhouses for not only CW, but also DC proving that there is a strong interesting in their properties. Now with the official renewal of both shows by CW and rumors that Ray Palmer might be getting his own spin-off show and Vixen being given an animated show, it proves that a lot of interest is there.
With expansion at mind, it doesn’t stop there. We also have [Gotham](series:1127075) on FOX, which is an interesting concept to say the least showing us Gotham before Batman existed. While one can discuss the relevance of the show, it has proven to be quite a success for FOX and as a contrast the show focusing on [Constantine](movie:874314) may be facing a uncertain future on NBC.
More and more it seems that DC is expanding beyond CW with a Teen Titans, or simply just titled Titans, show being eyed for TNT, Sci Fi getting a Booster Gold and Krypton series and Supergirl getting her very own show on CBS. While one could argue that scattering their titles might be counterproductive as the shows might end up cannibalizing each other, it does prove that we live in an interesting age. While the spreading of properties came back to bite Marvel, as they aren’t able to the characters, whose rights they sold, it still seems as if Warner Bros. is keeping a tight grip on the properties.
Only issue could be, how does it all fit together if CW has its own universe and all other shows are separate entities, it would seem a bit of a waste. Expanding the CW network with DC shows would be a great boost for the network, but also for the properties. Stockpiling show after show across the networks could simply confuse the audience and take away a lot of potential what [Arrow](series:720988) could start beyond just little spin-off shows.
In the end, DC is going to do its thing no matter what we say, but it is certainly something to keep an eye on. No matter how we see it, we as an audience win, and especially as fans of specific properties will finally getting to see them come to life. With [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) on the horizon there is even more to truly look forward to, but at the same time a little distinctive fear that our desires for more might end up saturating the market to early