TV series based on comic-books are all the rave right now, and as far as some of them are concerned, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
Right now’s a good time to be a geek, what with all the awesome goodness available on television. A TV channel devoted to comic-book superheroics isn’t far away at this point, obviously. While there’s a smattering of stellar – and not-so-stellar – material airing right now, these ones coming soon are worth noting, and drooling over. Our list shows you the ones we’re most anxious to see, though in no particular order.
- Black Lightning (CW)
Black Lightning has an official pilot order at the CW. To be produced by Greg Berlanti, it was originally developed at Fox. If – or when – Black Lightning goes to series, it would mark the fifth DC superhero show from Berlanti at the CW. The series is about Jefferson Pierce, who retired from superheroics but is pulled back in when his daughter gets into trouble. While an airdate is yet to be announced, it has been reported that it will begin shooting in March.
- Legion (FX)
Legion is the second live-action TV series based on an actual X-Men comic book on this list. It tells the story of Charles Xavier’s son David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant whose psychiatric illness turns out to endow him with a set of incredible powers. There’s an almost feverish hope that new – or established – X-Men will show up once in a while. The look and feel of the show, too, promises a great show. It premieres Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
- Iron Fist (Marvel/Netflix)
One of Marvel’s most hotly-anticipated TV properties is Iron Fist, debuting as a part of the company’s deal with Netflix. This, the fourth series borne of the megadeal with Netflix, will introduce billionaire Buddhist monk Danny Rand (Finn Jones) when he returns to the Big Apple after over a decade. The only difference is that he’s back loaded with remarkable martial arts mastery and even more remarkable supernatural powers. It promises to be a slick, stylish show packed with action and character. It premieres Friday, March 17, on Netflix.
- The Defenders (Marvel/Netflix)
Set to premiere at a yet-to-be specified date in 2017 and comprising eight episodes, The Defenders will unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist for an epic face-off against evil in New York City. Details about the big bad are as of yet pretty scarce, to be played by Sigourney Weaver. Interestingly, in the comic-book version of The Defenders, recent Marvel Cinematic Universe addition Dr. Strange was a mainstay, playing a crucial role in that super team. Will the good doctor appear in a super-surprise cameo? That would make ours Marvel indeed!
- Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe (Valiant Digital)
Yeah, yeah, this is technically not a TV series, but a digital one. But hey, chances are many people will watch it on a television, right? Anyways, when it was revealed at New York Comic Con 2016, fans went wild over the footage, which showed many Valiant characters in an epic super-melee. Starring Michael Rowe (Arrow and The Flash) as Ninjak, there’s also Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) as Bloodshot, Kevin Porter (Dodgeball) as Armstrong, and Derek Theler (ABC’s Baby Daddy) as X-O Manowar, and more. Slated to premiere online in late 2017, the six-episode series will pit master assassin Ninjak against Valiant’s most formidable heroes. This is definitely one to watch, people.
- Witchblade (NBC)
Will the second time prove the charm for Witchblade? The fan-favorite Top Cow property is in development as a TV series from Sony Pictures Television and NBC Universal. It will take a police procedural element, we hear, since Sara Pezzini, the woman who wears the Witchblade, is a cop in the comics. In the comics, she is on the hunt for an elusive serial killer, until one day the bracelet she has worn her entire life proves to be something much more: It is the Witchblade, a sentient bracelet which bonds with a female host and provides them with a variety of powers in order to fight supernatural evil. Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins from Top Cow are on board, so you know it’ll be great. Slated for 2017, a definite airdate has not been announced yet.
- Runaways (Hulu)
Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Marvel’s Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand one another but who must unite against a common foe – their parents, who they discover are among the world’s most evil super villains. It comes from Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. All the fan-favorite characters have been cast, and the show will see Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb joining the co-producers. An airdate is yet to be announced, but rumours say it will premiere late 2017.
- X-Men (Fox)
Currently in development, the live-action X-Men TV show from Fox is coming after ‘Legion’ premieres on FX. While some fans are not happy with the fact that the Fox shows aren’t technically a part of the main film universe – or that the pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer – they remain excited at the prospects of seeing another interpretation of everyone’s favorite band of merry mutants. Matt Nix is set to write the tale of two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers and become forced to go on the run from a hostile government, joining up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Airdate to be announced.
- Inhumans (ABC)
One of the most hotly-anticipated superhero TV series is Marvel’s live-action ‘The Inhumans’, to premiere on ABC in fall 2017. Disney last year pulled a planned Inhumans feature film from its July 12, 2019 release date. Originally, it was part of Marvel’s 3.0 phase. It has been reported that the first two episodes of the superhero series will debut on Imax screens exclusively for two weeks ahead of the fall premiere on the broadcast network, which will feature some additional content not included in the two hours exhibited in theaters. The titular characters are a race of superhumans with unique powers, first introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The series will explore the adventures of Black Bolt and his royal family. No writer is announced yet for the TV series.
- Cloak & Dagger (Freeform)
Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph will be Cloak & Dagger in the upcoming coming-of-age series featuring Marvel’s characters. Like in the comic-books, the story follows the romance between Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, who come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret – and powers – they never dared share. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other complicate things. The series had been in the works at Freeform’s predecessor, ABC Family, for half a decade, and is a co-production of Marvel Studios and ABC Signature Studios, also executive-produced by Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of Television. No airdate currently is available.
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