A guy you can shrink, a woman with wings, a man on fire, and more bring a super team to TV in the most impressive group since the Avengers…
Henry again guys and gals, and as I’m fond of saying on Cape Crisis, DC’s shows have been killing it on TV lately. In particular, The Flash and Arrow have, in a very short amount of time, built a universe big enough to fit many of the famous heroes and villains of the DCU, making it big enough to justify its own spin-off to fit all the new characters. The Arrow/Flash shows introduced us to Firestorm, The Atom, Captain Cold, the League of Assassins, and more, and they’ll soon be joined by more famous Justice Leaguers. In 2016, premiering alongside that new Supergirl show, is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow…
As a relatively recent convert to the Flash/Arrow world, this all really excites me. One of my favorite eras in DC history is the decade or so before the New 52, where Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, and more created a reality that’s a mix of wonder and danger, while also respecting the company’s history. Just as I never expected a Flash series to happen (let alone one that’s incredibly fun), I definitely didn’t anticipate a show bringing together a team of B-level super folks into a team that will some day be the Justice League. Then again, I also never could’ve imagined that a TV show could get Firestorm, Captain Cold, and The Atom so right, so who knows, maybe they can even get Hawkgirl and Vandal Savage to work.
After Man of Steel’s brooding and a world where Batman is society’s only hero, DC’s TV universe is doing a much better job of reminding me why I love the Super Friends. They even make a shrinking hero seem cooler than Marvel’s. If this can work, what’s to prevent other “not ready for feature film” characters from getting a show? How about Beetle and Booster Gold travelling through time? Kamandi, The Last Boy, fighting animal men? The Ray defending Hawaii? Take note Agents of SHIELD – here’s how you make serialized super TV.
But what do you think of the trailer? I want to hear all about it in the comments!
By the way, let me remind you Laser Time’s brand new commentaries for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 are now available on the Laser Time Bandcamp page, and you can buy them if you want to help while I’m in-between jobs.
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