Santa Monica, CA — Just when you thought we’d satiated the audience’s hunger for Super Heroes with the ever-expanding Arrowverse comes the DC Universe and Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+.
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).
Here’s who will be vying for your attention on the small screen:
- 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. S2 en route.
- The Runaways at Hulu. S2 now streaming.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at ABC. Is the series still on? Yes, S6 premieres this Summer. 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.
- 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…
Uber-Producer Greg Berlanti, Hollywood’s $400m Man, has 14 series 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. Final season is likely, 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.
- Krypton on SyFy. The family saga led by Superman’s grandfather continues in S2.
- 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, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. 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 in 2019. Len Wiseman (Underworld) directs. Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, and Virginia Madsen set to star. Bodes well.
- 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 a high school sophomore and a group of teen superheroes. Justice League Jr.! 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. 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. Nerdist Has More Info Here.
- 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, 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.
- 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 Egless 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. 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 beings S3 (or is it S4?) Never dug the casting here. Ho Hum. Musical episode! I may have to give it a binge, though.
- Preacher (AMC) has just been picked up for S4. Dominic Cooper stars in this successful adaptation of the graphic novel. Seth Rogen EPs.
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