There's no way around it, 2016 is going to be the Year of the Superhero - mark your calendars accordingly. This time around, it's not only the Marvel machine cranking them out, there are THREE Fox mutant movies, and DC is mounting a huge takeover of big and small screens with Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and the continued adventures of The Flash Season 2, Arrow Season 4 and adding DC's Legends of Tomorrow. But those are just the CW shows - DC is also behind Supergirl, Lucifer, and Preacher which are all likely to be into their first seasons as 2016 rolls around. Let's take a closer look at all this and more!
The Flash Season 2
The shows creators do some teasing for Flash Season 2 in this short video - talking about bigger special effects and finding new and different ways to introduce more villains to the story. But Barry Allen himself, Grant Gustin, let it slip abut just how ambitious the season season of Flash is going to get and what this "new way" of introducing villains might be. Speaking to TV Guide ahead of the season one finale, Gustin said:
"What's fun about this show is that there's going to be multiple timelines as we move forward. I think we're going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future. There will be kind of different dimensions going on."
It makes perfect sense in the expanding DC universe that the WB is continuing to grow. The Flash is the go-to guy for crossing over in the Multiverse and if the show uses the comic books for more inspiration, we could see Barry Allen running into Jay Garrick. The OG Flash has been hinted at plenty during the course of the Flash's first season and even during the pre-production on Legends of Tomorrow. Speaking of which...
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Arrow was working overtime this past season on expanding the DC universe on the WB and in addition to The Flash, we'll be seeing another spin-off Legends of Tomorrow. As they say, sometimes the world needs a team and as Arrow has seen the villains get bigger and stronger over the course of three seasons, the time has come for The WB to raise the stakes and ambitions and create the Legends of Tomorrow.
As the trailer shows, [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) is expanding the scope of The WBs DC universe and has included The Atom, Canary (White this time), Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Heat Wave and Captain Cold as well as the time traveling Rip Hunter to open up even more possibilities for the show. The series will see Vandal Savage as the main big bad, at least in the first season, and DC fans should be more than a little excited to see the classic immortal villain finally getting a prominent role in a live action show.
While The CW has been creating a passionate fan base and working on expanding an interconnected universe of DC shows, other shows like Gotham and Constantine, and now Supergirl, have been striking out on their own. And in an even stranger move - CBS has decided to put Supergirl in the very same time slot as Gotham and have the two DC shows battle it out on Monday's at 8pm.
Well, from the looks of things the two shows are definitely going after different viewerships. The trailer for Supergirl is really working on The Devil Wears Prada rom-com angle. Being on CBS will give the show a higher budget than the ones on The WB and the trailer is certainly showing off that money with a big crashing plane rescue and car chases. Something for everyone, right?
Also striking out on their own - this time to basic cable station TNT is Titans. Not to be confused with Teen Titans. No, this show will focus on an older Dick Grayson who has parted ways with Gotham and looking to move onwards and upwards as Nightwing with the help of characters like Starfire and Raven and possible Hawk, Dove and a wheelchair bound, Oracle sounding (?), Barbara Gordon. This one is just at the pilot stage so many things could still be in flux and shake out differently by the time it gets picked up.
Lucifer & Preacher Are Coming
Speaking of Constantine, while that show continues to have fans keeping their fingers crossed that someone besides NBC will pick up the show for a second season, other characters from DC's Vertigo imprint are making their way to television. Lucifer has been picked up by Fox and the series will follow the adventures of the Lord of Hell after he resigns his throne and find out what Los Angeles has to offer. You see, Lucifer is a lost angel of sorts and... well, you see where this is going. The show will see Lucifer dealing with the criminals of Los Angeles in his own unique way. Hijinks are sure to ensue.
Preacher is the product of some big talents in the combined forces of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin, comic book superstars Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis and a cast headed up by Dominic Cooper - all of which makes this one of the more anticipated projects out there. Since the show can get a little darker on AMC, this is also looking like it could be one of the more faithful DC adaptations to end up on TV.
Preacher's story of Jesse Custer who get possessed by a half angel-half demon spirit that gives him limitless powers is a perfect accompaniment to AMC's The Walking Dead. The series will likely follow Jesse and his cohorts, including his girlfriend Tuplip and vampire Cassidy, as they travel the states running into all kinds of strangeness - from serial killers to Illuminati type secret government and religious orgainizations. Can't wait.