The multitude of Marvel series on Netflix are a success, as you probably know, and this will be continuing on for years. Shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones will likely get numerous more seasons and we will even see completely new shows like The Punisher and Iron Fist. However, I have ideas for other new series— not just Marvel, but DC as well. With DC yet to jump on the Netflix bandwagon, I have some concepts that would make for very successful TV viewing. So let's get started!
Yes, I know Dredd isn't Marvel or DC, but he definitely deserves to be on this list. I have finally seen the 2012 Dredd movie starring Karl Urban as the titular character, and I loved it! I wish the movie could have gotten a sequel, but what I think might be better is a Netflix sequel series; a 13-episode series with Urban reprising his role as "The Law." The show could see returning characters, like Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson. A place like Netflix would be perfect, because Dredd would be right at home with an R rating like the movie.
Now that the Punisher is finally getting his own Netflix series, Moon Knight might be at the top of my list for a Marvel Netflix pairing. The character is great and deserves more attention. His violent nature and mature story would be perfectly coupled with the streaming platform. Maybe Moon Knight could be the first new series in Netflix Phase Two.
Ever since I started watching Arrow, I thought Nightwing totally deserved his own series and would be right at home on Netflix. It would be a lot like Daredevil, but more DC-ish. My proposed Netflix series should be similar to The Flash — with Dick Grayson as Nightwing appearing on Arrow for a couple episodes and then setting up his own series. Netflix would allow the character to be more himself and a 13-episode season wouldn't have to drag itself out, kind of like Arrow is doing right now.
I remember a while ago when a Blade comic series starring the half-immortal and his daughter was announced, but the talk sort of just petered out. But supposedly it would've had Eric Brooks, a.k.a Blade, team up with his long-lost daughter Fallon Grey. For a long time my dad and I have talked about how we would love if the Blade trilogy was incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that Blade 4 should be a Phase Four film. While I still love the idea, Netflix might be a better place for Blade, even if it is with his daughter as the main protagonist. My idea for the premise is that Fallon Grey becomes the new Blade and is mentored by her father. By the end of the first season or movie, Wesley Snipes's Eric Brooks dies in a heroic way, perhaps to save his daughter.
This is one of my top ideas for a Netflix series. My idea for Rorschach is to make it a — dare I say it — prequel (since so many people seem to hate that word) to 2009's Watchmen. Personally, that is one of my favorite movies of all time. But before the events of Watchmen, Rorschach operated as a lone vigilante in New York City with all of the other members of the Watchmen having retired. This series would also be similar to Daredevil, but it would have so much potential to be a great spectacle. I would have Alan Moore be a writer on the show, even though he usually just does comic books. Moore did create Rorschach, so it would make sense that he gets to write some of his character's adventures.
Not too long ago Jeremy Renner said that he would definitely be open to a Hawkeye Netflix series. I don't think Hawkeye has ever gotten enough attention and he is widely underrated, so Netflix would be a great platform for him. My idea for this series is that after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Baron Zemo sends one of his Hydra agents, Trickshot — who is really Barney Barton, Clint Barton's brother — to hunt down and kill Hawkeye's family. Trickshot succeeds in doing so, but when Hawkeye returns home to find his family brutally slaughtered, he vows to find the killers and bring them to justice. This would put Hawkeye on a dark path, and would even offer up ties to the movies with Baron Zemo and Hydra. The show could include other characters like Kate Bishop, Mockingbird and Lance Hunter (which would be a good tie-in to Most Wanted), or Batroc the Leaper. I know the idea I have for the series sounds a lot like The Punisher, but I'm sure Netflix could make this very different.
(Note: If you have seen Captain America: Civil War or know the events of the movie, please, if you comment, say spoilers first. I have seen the movie but do care about who hasn't seen it. So if you've seen it, be careful. Thank you)
Constantine is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, and I really wish The CW would pick it up for a second season. That option is looking unlikely, but Netflix would be a good alternative. Constantine would be more at home on Netflix, where the show could be a little more violent and scarier than it was allowed to be on NBC. All I want is for this show to continue, and if The CW won't do it, then Netflix needs to get a chance with the "petty dabbler in the dark arts."
I don't know too much about the Runaways, but I know it would work perfectly as a Netflix series. Basically it's about a group of — you guessed it — runaways, who left home because they found out their parents were apart of a criminal organization know as the Pride. The comic does have a mutant in it, but they could easily be changed to an Inhuman. The comic also has a dinosaur, so I don't know how that would work, but I'm sure Marvel could figure something out.
This might seem like an odd choice, especially since Shazam is a 12-year-old boy, but I do think a series could work. I am extremely excited for 2019's Shazam! movie, but there has been little said, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was cancelled. If it was, that would give the Arrowverse a chance to use the character. Since Black Adam already exists in the Arrowverse, a Shazam series could already have its villain. Again, Netflix might be the place to use the character, not because of his violent nature, but because it would be something different on Netflix.
Right now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mike Peterson is running around doing whatever as the cyborg Deathlok. But we know there were others experimented on. So why not give one of those subjects a try? I would give Luther Manning, the original Deathlok, a chance. A show on Netflix would allow the chance to explore the antihero, while others could appear on the show, like Mike Peterson, John Garrett (flashbacks, perhaps?), and even another famous Deathlok, Michael Collins.
I find Raven a very interesting character who never got enough attention, not even on the two animated Teen Titans shows. Raven is an empath and daughter of a demon. I don't know much about her, but I do know she is great and that's exactly why she deserves her own dark, gritty, mystical Netflix series. In 2010, The CW tried for a Raven series, but it was unsuccessful in getting a pilot order. The show sounded promising and Raven definitely deserves a second chance on Netflix.
This would be a very unique future decision for the MCU a little further down the line. The Ultimate Spider-Man is Miles Morales, who became Spider-Man after Peter Parker died while fighting the Green Goblin. In the second Spider-Man movie this could easily be the plot, where the villain is the Green Goblin and the end of the movie has Miles becoming the new Web Slinger. This would then lead right into a Netflix series. I really hope it happens, mainly because I'm getting tired of all of the live-action Peter Parkers.
Batman Beyond is very cool and I would love to see that version of the Caped Crusader in live action, even though I have never even read the comic nor seen the animated series. Batman Beyond just screams Netflix for its shadowy and futuristic style. Terry McGinnis has a great story and Netflix would be just THE place to explore it. I would recommend having Robbie Amell star as the titular character, since he has already voiced his interest — plus, he's just a great actor. The show would most likely be a part of the DCEU, which would mean, in a perfect world, we could see an older Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne.
Well, there you have it. I had a lot of fun writing this article, even though it took me all day. If you have any of your own ideas for a Netflix comic book series, I would love to here about it. There are also others I would have liked to include, like Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, Wildcat, Red Arrow, Teen Titans, Doctor Fate, Watchmen, Invincible, Nova, Shang-Chi — the list goes on, but the article would be way too long.