TV Surf Report: Super Hero Series Still Trending … {Xena War Cry!!! or Defeated Sigh}

DCU TITANS

Santa Monica, CA — Just when you thought we’d satiated the audience’s hunger for Super Heroes with the ever-expanding but aging Arrowverse comes the DC Universe and Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, which I think will be a big big hit especially considering the excitement about Avengers: Endgame.

RIP, Stan Lee.  Thank You for everything. Excelsior!

Television is about to get even more crowded with Caped Crusaders! That said, Neftlix just cancelled all its Marvel shows, including it biggest super hero hit, Daredevil, after three successful seasons; and, both Luke Cage and Iron Fist after two seasons; and The Punisher and Jessica Jones, after 2 and 3 seasons, respectively.

Look for them to return either on Disney+ or on Hulu, and possibly as The Defenders (if a deal is reached for a second season, that is).  How Avengers: Endgame Sets Up Marvel Series On Disney Plus, per Nerdist.

Here’s who will be vying for your attention on the small screen:

Marvel TV:

DAREDEVIL S3

  • Ghost Rider on Hulu. Gabriel Luna set to star. What no Nic Cage?????
  • Helstrom on Hulu. What in the hell is Helstrom, you ask? Me, too. More to come.
  • Hawkeye on Disney+. Jeremy Renner is set to reprise his role as Clint Barton in a limited series for the as yet-unlaunched streamer. Marvel is really utilizing its deep bench of supporting Avengers!
  • Daredevil on Netflix. Cancelled even though S3 has been hailed as The Highest Peak of Marvel TV.
  • Jessica Jones on Netflix. Renewed for S3 which premieres in April, but canceled after that. Too bad!
  • The Punisher on Netflix.  Jon Bernthal returns for S2 in 2019 in this spinoff from Daredevil. Premieres Jan. 18th….and canceled.
  • Loki Tom Hiddleston is set to reprise his role in a series all his own. Lots of source material from which to draw on the further adventures of the God of Mischief (even though he was killed by Thanos in Infinity War!). Michael Waldron (Rick & Morty) set to write and to EP.
  • Vision & Scarlet Witch on Disney+. Jac Schaeffer (Black Widow) scripts and EPs. These supporting characters of the MCU will get 6-8 episode limited series of their own. Paul Bettany and Elisabeth Olsen will reprise their respective Avengers. Interestingly, Vision died at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War, and Scarlet Witch evaporated along with half of the universe’s population, so they both have some explaining to do! Variety Has The Details. Interestingly, Scarlet Witch might be the character who brings in the X-Men to the MCU via a popular comic storyline, The House of M. 
  • Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+. Hmm. Am unsure about this team-up as I suspect Marvel is going for an Odd Couple/Lethal Weapon buddy comedy vibe in this limited series. Malcolm Spellman (Empire) scripts. I thought the Winter Soldier becomes the new Captain America, so this series puts that theory in doubt. Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan has a 7-picture deal with Marvel. Here Are A Few Potential Storylines, per Nerdist …
  • The Gifted at Fox. Cancelled after two seasons.
  • The Runaways at Hulu. S2 now streaming. Renewed for S3.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at ABC. Is the series still on? Yes, S6 premieres May 8th. Series has been renewed for S7. Joss Whedon EPs.
  • Legion at FX.  S3 will be its last, but the upside is that Professor X makes his appearance as the estranged father to Dan Stevens. Final seasons premieres June 24th.
  • Cloak & Dagger at Freeform.  S2 premieres April 4th with a 2-hour episode.
  • Howard the Duck (Hulu) Seriously. Kevin Smith to direct an animated series featuring this silliest of super heroes. Nerdist Has The Details Here…

DC UNIVERSE SWAMP THING

DC Universe

Uber-Producer Greg Berlanti, Hollywood’s $400m Man, has 14 series(re on the air. That’s all ya need to know about the DC Universe because Berlanti is King of the World there.

  • Gotham at Fox. S5 just concluded as did the series by finally introducing Batman, and yet Batman prequels are all the rage right now. Weird.
  • Lucifer cancelled at Fox but picked up by Netflix for S4. Graham McTavish (Aquaman, Outlander, LOTR) guest stars. Premieres May 8th.  Here is the devilish S4 T R A I L E R.
  • Krypton on SyFy. The family saga led by Superman’s grandfather continues in S2, which premieres June 12th. Here’s the T R A I L E R.
  • Arrow at The CW. Series star Stephen Ammel just announced that S8 will be the series’ last. That’s big news for the Arrowverse and its subsequent spinoffs, The Flash  (renewed for S6), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (renewed for S5) and Black Lightning (renewed for S3).Ten Episodes Will Wrap It Up In The Fall, per Deadline.
  • Supergirl on The CW. What began as a high profile mismatch on CBS is now a good fit on The CW’s new Sunday night aimed squarely at young girls. Jon Cryer joins the cast as Lex Luthor. Renewed for S5.
  • Swamp Thing at DC Universe. James Wan (Aquaman) EPs this series which premieres May 31st.  Len Wiseman (Underworld) directs. Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, and Virginia Madsen set to star. Bodes well, however, the episode order has been reduced from 13 to 10, which is a concern. Here’s a 1st-Look Trailer.

ANIMATED HARLEY QUINN SERIES

  • Harley Quinn — Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) voices Harley in this animated series that finds Joker’s ex-girlfriend sharing a prison cell at Arkham with Poison Ivy. Here’s the TRAILER.
  • Doom Patrol was featured on a recent episode of Titans. Spinoff is forthcoming! Brendan Fraser and Matt Bomer star among the voice cast. Here’s Everything You Need To Know, per Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Batwoman will make her debut on The CW via the Arrowverse with her own spinoff to follow if successful. Greg Berlanti, EPs. Ruby Rose stars as the lesbian superheroine. David Nutter directs the pilot.
  • Stargirl — Based on the comic created in 1999 by Geoff Johns to honor his sister, this series centers around Brec Bassinger who stars as a high school sophomore and a group of teen superheroes. Justice League Jr.!  Premieres in 2020. Greg Berlanti EPs, natch. The Wrap Has The Casting Details…
  • Titans — Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Geoff Johns executive produce the flagship series for DCU, which premiered 10/12 and is already renewed for S2. EW Gives Titans A Rave.; $8/month subscription will test the mainstream appeal but fanboys are sure to show up to hear Robin exhort, “Fuck Batman!” This series is not for kids. Esai Morales is set to star as Deathstroke in S2. Here’s the Trailer for a Free Preview.
  • Pennyworth at Epix — Bruno Heller (Gotham) tells the prequel story of Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred. Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) stars in the 10-episode series set in 1960s London. Premieres July 28th. Nerdist Has More Info Here.

Alfred-Pennyworth

Star Wars:

MANDALORIAN

  • Rogue One (Disney +) Diego Luna stars in a prequel espionage-themed series set before those pesky Bothans steal the plans for the Deathstar which is destroyed in Star Wars IV. Expect the Empire to be quite healthy in this one.
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+) Jon Favreau EPs this action/adventure following a lone gunslinger (Boba Fett anyone?) in the Star Wars Universe. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorak) directs a few epsiodes and voices an android, which is exciting. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Game of Thrones, Narcos)  and Nick Nolte in talks to star. Timeline is post-Return of the Jedi.  The jury is definitely out on this one. Favreau Explains It All, via THR.

Elsewhere:

WATCHMEN FEATURE CAST

  • Watchmen (HBO) EP Damon Lindelöf (The Leftovers, Lost) returns to the graphic novel for his adaptation eschewing Zack Snyder’s dreadful feature, and it looks like there’s a new vigilante in town. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails scored the music for the pilot which was directed by Nicole Kassell (The Leftovers). Check out the series on I N S T A G R A M for clues!
  • American Gods (Starz)  Renewed for S3 with Charles Eglee tapped as the new showrunner. S2 premiered to lotsa buzz and mixed reviews. Ricky Whittle returns as Neil Gaiman’s hero, Shadow Moon, but Gillian Anderson will not return as the goddess Media, replaced by New Media. Clever. Neil Gaiman promises S3 will take us to Laketown, a major setting in the novel, so I can’t wait to see who is cast as Hinzleman! I loved this novel and enjoyed the first season. Fingers crossed it’ll be just as good. Here’s the T R A I L E R for S2. Looks good!
  • The Magicians (SyFy) Lev Grossman’s enthralling trilogy adaptation has been renewed for S5. Never dug the casting here. Ho Hum. Musical episode! I may have to give it a binge, though. More Magic Promised For S5, per EW.
  • Preacher (AMC) has just been picked up for S4, which will be its last. Dominic Cooper stars in this successful adaptation of the graphic novel. Seth Rogen EPs.
  • Umbrella Academy (Netflix)  Ellen Page leads this ensemble of super heroes. Just renewed for S2.
  • The Boys (Amazon) From the guys who brought us Preacher comes a new series from a cancelled DC Comic (too raunchy!) starring Karl Urban (Star Trek) in an ensemble comedy about a group of guys with superpowers who like to hang out together. Here’s the T R A I L E R for the series which premieres July 26th.
  • Ultraman (Netflix) I loved this series as a kid. A fighter pilot merges with a monster, sort of a Japanese version of Incredible Hulk, but with really really bad monsters, voice dubbing, etc. Premieres April 1st. Interested to see how it’s been re-imagined.
  • Future Man (Hulu) Josh Hutcherson stars as a janitor by day, gamer hero by night who saves the day. Seth Rogen EPs. Just renewed for S3.
  • The Tick (Amazon) S2 of this re-boot now streaming.

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About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things TransMedia from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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