Anticipated Fall T.V. for the Comic Lover: Gotham, The Flash & Constantine
By Meghan Sullivan
Welcome to fall everyone! Tis the season (or close enough) of pumpkin flavored everything, costume shopping, leaf crunching and the very exciting Fall Television Season (FTS). The FTS is always difficult for those of us with both full time jobs and additional extracurricular activities. Part of the problem is that most of us already have our must-watch television – Those shows that fill the space on our DVRs and/or that we schedule our evening activities around in order to watch live. And then there’s a plethora of new shows debuting. Every year there are generally at least a couple we are excited about and looking forward to watching. The problem is finding the time to watch all our returning favorites and our potential new favorites. (And then there is the additional fear of becoming attached to a new show which may survive long enough to answer the questions it poses….but that’s a story for another day.)
I know I’m going to have an especially tough time this year because there are three new series I know am very excited about, two or three I’m curious about, and five returning series I love. That’s a lot of weekly television and I’m not even counting the mid-season premieres!!
Here’s a primer of some of the highly anticipated new series*:
For the Comic Book Lover:
There are three new comic related series coming to the networks this fall (five if you count the mid-season premieres of iZombie and Agent Carter). These shows expand the comic universe to almost all the major networks (CBS, the one holdout, is getting a late start and as of just last Friday gave a series commitment to a series about Supergirl.) and hope to continue and build on the success of the existing comic related shows (Arrow returns for season 3 on October 8th and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for season 2 tomorrow).
Gotham – This show premieres tonight and has gotten great buzz. The show is first and foremost an origin story. The show follows the rise of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “The O.C.”, “Southland”), beginning with his role as a rookie detective in the horribly corrupt city of Gotham. It is also billed as the origin story for many of the iconic DC villains – Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova), The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead”), The Riddler (newcomer Cory Michael Smith), and eventually even The Joker. And of course, you can’t have a story in Gotham without the Wayne family.
The Flash – Premieres on October 7th on CW and has been called stunning by those who have seen the pilot (which was leaked some time ago, but I’ve avoided watching it through non-official channels). The Flash tells the story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin, “Glee,” “Arrow”), a geeky CSI Investigator from Central City who was introduced and eventually struck by lighting by a freak storm caused by the particle accelerator on Arrow last season. The Flash is about Barry and his newly gained power of super speed and discovering a world where the extraordinary exists. Greg Berlanti and David Nutter, both executive producers on “Arrow”, are also executive producers for The Flash. Given the success of Arrow, it’s hard to imagine The Flash not following a similar path.
Constantine – Premieres on October 24th on NBC and is perhaps the show I’m most excited about (and actually most worried about too). Many people are familiar with the movie from 2005 starring Keanu Reeves, which was actually a very decent depiction of an iconic DC Comics character. John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) is a demon hunter and a master of the occult. He’s also snarky and has a terrible attitude and knows his soul is damned to hell. Yet he still continues to fight against evil. I’m excited because I loved the Hellblazer comics and am excited to see a serialized version of the character. The worrisome part is the show has already changed directions. The reason for the change was to include a stronger female lead, which is fantastic, but I’m just a little concerned that they got all the way through initial screenings of the pilot before they decided to change things. But hopefully, the creators have fixed the perceived problems and the show will make it through at least one full season and hopefully more.
That covers the new comic related shows. The DC Universe is really picking up steam when it comes to its on screen presence (in case you didn’t know – all three properties mentioned above are based on DC Comics characters. Not Marvel characters.) Are you looking forward to any of these shows? What other new series are you eagerly awaiting? And will you watch live, a few days later, or wait until a full season makes it through the gauntlet?
* And by highly anticipated, I mean those genre shows that I personally am really looking forward to.