Hero Blend #4: The Expanding DC Universe On TV
Over the last decade and a half or so, comic book movies have slowly been taking over the blockbuster film world. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the X-Men have all been brought to the big screen with huge success, and the trend is only becoming stronger and more popular. Itís so popular, in fact, that features donít seem to be enough anymore. Now comics are also taking over television.
While both Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have had their ups and downs, the market of comic book television shows is likely about to double. As a spin-off to their Green Arrow show, The CW has begun work on a pilot based around the DC character Flash, starring Grant Gustin, and Fox has already purchased a season order of Gotham, a Batman prequel show of sorts that will follow the adventures of Detective James Gordon in the years before the Caped Crusader began his vigilante campaign.
Both of the upcoming programs have made some huge progress in the past couple weeks, casting a whole bunch of actors in some very familiar roles, but what exactly is the future of comic books on television? Could we eventually see an entire DC Universe come together on the small screen? How will these shows affect everything thatís going on with Warner Bros. and Zack Snyderís Batman vs. Superman? There are a lot of questions to sort out, so this week I sat down with Cinema Blend Movie Content Director Sean OíConnell Ė in his second appearance Ė to talk it all out. Enjoy!
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