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Superheroes take over the small screen
Nikhil Taneja  13th Sep 2014

The starcast of Gotham

ou may have heard that DC Comics and Marvel have locked down a total of 30 release dates over the next six years, right up to 2020, for their upcoming planned comic book hero adaptations on the big screen. And if you thought you could avoid this assault by all together barring movie theatres from your lives, guess what? There are over 15 TV adaptations of comic books in the offing, and three of the biggest ones launch this fall season, starting from September. Wait... did I make all of this sound like bad news? Because, oh my god, it's clearly not.

There are already two major superhero shows currently on TV. DC Comics' Arrow and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., both of which return for their next seasons in October. But things are going to get massive this year with three mega shows (and a fourth in January) that will considerably expand the DC and Marvel shared universes on TV.

Gotham (DC Comics): This prequel to Batman and will feature the origin stories of heroes and villains of the town where s**t's been going down since ages now. The show will follow a young detective James Gordon, as he tries to solve the twin murders of 10-year-old Bruce Wayne's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, and encounters villains such as the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, just as they begin to go bats**t crazy.

The Flash (DC Comics): A young Flash will rise and discover his superhuman speed and strength this fall in Central City, not far away from Starling City, where the green-masked Arrow has been fighting crime for two seasons now. The buzz around The Flash is tremendous, thanks to a leaked pilot that went viral over the Internet.

Constantine (DC Comics): While Constantine may not be the hottest comic book property because of the sins committed by its 2005 big screen adaptation, the upcoming TV series, developed by The Dark Knight trilogy writer David S. Goyer, stars a British actor in the lead and falls in the action-horror genre, which is a TV favourite these days (The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, etc), so there are full chances that the show may break out into a huge hit.

While DC consolidates its foothold in TV, Marvel will be trying the same come January, with the premiere of Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell, who'll be reprising her role as Peggy Carter from 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the badass Marvel one-shot short film, which is available on YouTube and is a must watch.

And if you think Marvel's been slow to the party, wait for Daredevil in 2015, which will premiere on Netflix, and be the first in a series of four superhero TV shows, that will lead up to a superhero team-up miniseries, The Defenders, which will be much like The Avengers, but on the small screen. And at the moment, we've only discussed DC and Marvel — there are many more shows from many other comic books coming too. The small screen is never going to be small again.

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