TV Surf Report: Super Hero Series Still Trending … {Defeated Sigh}

DCU TITANS

Santa Monica, CA — Just when you thought we’d reached the bottom of the proverbial barrel with the 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 both Luke Cage and Iron Fist after two seasons, but look for them to recur on The Defenders (if a deal is reached for a second season, that is). Both series could quite possibly return via Disney+, which doesn’t launch until late 2019.

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

Marvel TV:

DAREDEVIL S3

  • Daredevil on Netflix.  S3 has been hailed as The Highest Peak of Marvel TV.
  • Jessica Jones on Netflix. Renewed for S3 in April.
  • The Punisher on Netflix.  Jon Bernthal returns for S2 in 2019 in this spinoff from Daredevil.
  • Loki, Scarlet Witch on Disney+. These supporting characters of the MCU will get 6-8 episode limited series of their own. Actors Tom Hiddleston and Elisabeth Olsen will reprise their respective Avengers. Interestingly, Loki 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.

DC UNIVERSE SWAMP THING

DC Universe

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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. Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Game of Thrones, Narcos) 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. Check out the series on I N S T A G R A M for clues!
  • American Gods (Starz) The long-awaited S2 premieres in 2019. Ricky Whittle returns as Neil Gaiman’s hero, Shadow Moon, but EPs Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were fired. Guest star Gillian Anderson will not return as the goddess Media, but has been 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.

N E X T   U P:

When Is Too Much TV Just Too Much?!

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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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