6 DC Comics TV Shows We’d Love to See Next
Although the DC Extended Universe still has some work to do, the company that essentially invented the concept of modern superheroes is doing just fine on the small screen. Characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — the “trinity” that represent DC’s most iconic heroes — have long been staples of television, especially in the world of animation. However, the recent superhero boom has brought about a notable explosion of live-action superhero series, and DC has been benefiting better than most.
At the moment, eight live-action television series based on DC Comics are currently on the air, with half of those over at The CW. Following the successful launch of Arrow in 2012, the network soon brought spinoffs The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow to the screen. Last fall saw Supergirl emigrating to The CW as well. Now that the network has a different DC superhero show airing each night from Monday to Thursday, it’s not hard to imagine that The CW may be exploring other characters to join the fray.
Here are some of the prime candidates. For the record, we’re not including Batman on this list, since his prominence in both films and on Fox’s Gotham likely make an entire series based on the character unlikely. That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up within the Arrow-verse at some point.
For the most part, superhero shows have struggled to maintain long-term runs on the major four networks. As mentioned, Supergirl is leaving CBS after just one season, and NBC cancelled Constantine — which was based on the DC Comics character previously featured in a 2005 Keanu Reeves film — after its initial 13 episodes. Star Matt Ryan later reprised the role of Constantine on an episode of Arrow and will voice the character in the upcoming animated Justice League Dark film. That proves that DC and Warner Bros. still have faith in the casting.
News that Teen Wolf star Tyler Hoechlin would join the cast of Supergirl as Kal-El himself may open up a world of possibilities for the series, which finally brings the character’s first live-action incarnation to television since Smallville went off the air in 2011. Moreover, it underscores the fact that DC and Warner Bros. are seriously loosening up their concern over featuring key characters on both film and television simultaneously. If Hoechlin wows audiences with his appearance, a spinoff isn’t out of the question.
3. Green Lantern
Between Green Arrow, the Flash, and Supergirl, The CW appears to be slowly assembling its own makeshift Justice League. One key member still missing from that lineup is a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim has denied long-held rumors that that show’s John Diggle (David Ramsey) will develop into John Stewart himself. Regardless, there’s little reason a true-blue Green Lantern — whether Stewart, Hal Jordan or another — can’t receive his own show. After that dreadful 2011 film, the character certainly needs some rehabilitation. This could be a way to do just that.
4. Birds of Prey
Longtime DC television fans may remember a short-lived 2002-2003 TV series based on DC’s comic series Birds of Prey. That show saw Oracle (a post-Batgirl Barbara Gordon) and Huntress (metahuman daughter of Batman and Catwoman) team with a young telepath to take down the vengeful Harley Quinn. Though that series was set in a post-Batman world, the central premise of a trio of superhero women could be tweaked to include different characters from throughout DC history and help expand the world even further.
5. Suicide Squad
With David Ayer’s film version now a certified blockbuster, taking the Suicide Squad to television could be the next step. Harley Quinn and company are now known characters that have officially broken into the mainstream. The cross-over potential with more traditional superhero shows like Arrow and Supergirl offers tons of promise. Plus, since the comic book title has featured a rotating roster, the show could avoid being locked down to a single group of characters, allowing it the flexibility to ebb and flow as needed.
6. Booster Gold
Though he has frequently appeared in animated form, Booster Gold’s only live-action role so far has been in a single episode of Smallville‘s final season. Yet, a series centered on the futuristic hero has been in development for years at SyFy, to no avail. There has been some talk of introducing Booster Gold on Legends of Tomorrow, since he is the father of the show’s Rip Hunter. As such, Legends of Tomorrow could be the perfect launchpad for a Booster Gold show. We’ll have to stay tuned.
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