The 2014 fall television season is about to kick into high gear and after dominating the movie theatre landscape, comic book-themed material is about to conquer the television airways like never before. It’s a good year to be a fan of television and a fan of the pop-culture printed-page medium. Here are the top must see shows for the 2014 fall television season, if you are a comic book fan!
The Walking Dead
Fans were left breathless when Rick and his group of survivors were herded in a freight car by the Terminus population, but you know they will battle their way out and back into the fatal dangers of the zombie apocalypse when The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season. Comic book creator Robert Kirkman promises the show will closely follow the books this season, so readers keep your eyes peeled…if you can.
It’s a Batman show without Batman, a risky premise for sure, but Gotham looks like it will be a gritty and intriguing prelude show that depicts the origins of not only the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery, but also the rise of a young detective named James Gordon (Ben McKenize) who happens to investigate the murder of the Wayne family and their surviving son Bruce.
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After a rocky, but moderately successful first season, ABC and Marvel Studios give a second season to Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, as they find themselves working covertly and off the grid after the organization was dismantled and labelled a terrorist threat thanks to their old enemy Hydra. Mysteries will continue to abound regarding Skye’s origins (Kyle McLachlan appears as her father) and fans will get their first look at new cast members Lucy Lawless and Adrianne Palicki as Avenger-character Mockingbird.
The 2005 Keanu Reeves feature film left a sour taste in fans’ mouths, but NBC is setting their sights on reviving the DC/Vertigo property (based on ‘Hellblazer’) for the small screen with Matt Ryan in the lead role. Set to air right before Halloween on October 24th, the supernaturally-powered Constantine finds himself protecting unsuspecting human victims from demons looking to escape hell. Hopefully NBC treats this along the lines of Hannibal by letting the content push the envelope.
Spinning off from Arrow’s second season, The CW revitalises DC Comics’ The Flash for prime-time television, picking up from Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) accident that has given him super-speed powers. Look for a cameo from Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) in the first episode, Amell’s brother Robbie as Firestorm and appearances from Flash’s villains, including Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). Original The Flash star from the 1990’s John Wesley Shipp plays Barry`s father Henry…talk about full circle!
After a dynamite second season that saw Oliver defeat his old friend and enemy Deathstroke from decimating the city, Green Arrow will not have much of a recovery period when an even bigger threat begins to make his presence known. Iconic Batman-villain Ra`s Al Ghul will be the big villain for Season 3. Also look for Roy to become Arsenal in full combat-gear and appearances by additional DC Comics` characters from Oliver`s comic book mythology.