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C'mon, Hollywood: Is television about to experience superhero overload?

Jan. 28, 2014by: ResidentRiddle64

I think all of us can agree that comic books are f*cking awesome. They have no doubt been a huge inspiration for our generation and it shows with the rapidly increasing amount of comic book adapted films and television shows. People are finally able to see their favorite comic book/graphic novel characters come to life, both on the big screen and the small one. However, with so many new comic book based pieces of entertainment being announced, have we finally reached the point of overkill? Are we about to get bombarded by superheroes to the point of excess? 

Now that Disney has Marvel by the balls bought the rights to Marvel, I have a feeling greed is going to take over and, consequently, more stories are going to be made into television shows that may not necessarily deserve to. Marvel is allegedly not only planning a show centered on Agent Carter from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, but they are also apparently planning several other shows. I'm sure when the shows hit the tube, they'll be successful and popular, but that's just the beginning. 

FOX is set to make GOTHAM, a show that centers around the origins of James Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne. NBC picked up the pilot for Constantine. THE CW is planning a Wonder Woman television show, as well as giving The Flash his own spinoff series, after being introduced in THE ARROW on the same channel. Netflix is wanting to create four whole shows based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, which will eventually accumulate into a mini-series of The Defenders. That's kind of exhausting. With THE ARROW and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. being the frontrunners at the moment, let's hope the quality of these future productions match the former rather than the latter. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't getting the best reviews from fans or critics, unfortunately, and hopefully these new shows don't follow suit. If we're having to get so many superhero themed television shows, let's at least make them good. 

Shows based off of graphic novels like THE WALKING DEAD have a lot of power in the fact that they're darker, lesser known works, as opposed to Wonder Woman or Batman. While there is still lore and characters that don't exactly follow the graphic novel, the show has done a good job of balancing that out and keeping casual viewers and fans of the books happy and entertained. THE STRAIN, FX's new graphic novel inspired show with Guillermo del Toro at the helm, looks like it could be another brilliantly told horror story. Television is a lot darker and realistic these days, so seeing more intense stories and characters like Daredevil could be perfect. Let's just hope NBC doesn't completely neuter Constantine.

News of FOX trying out a small screen version of A LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN is actually something I think could work. The film version was pretty darn bad and given the rich literary characters and possible story arcs and avenues, this could make for a really interesting show and a wonderful second chance to do these characters and story justice. Another flop that could turn out to be great would be a WATCHMEN mini-series. If you're like me and was disappointed by the movie, think of the possibilities of a show allowing us to focus more on the characters, flesh them out and not rush things as well as spending some extra time with their backstories, etc. It would obviously take a while for this to happen (hell, bringing it to the big screen took nearly two decades), but if they're reaching for stories to bring to television, I feel like those could work tremendously. 

One glimmering ray of hope, though, comes from the fact that television holds such a high standard these days. After BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, HOUSE OF CARDS, GAME OF THRONES and the latest TRUE DETECTIVE, there's some damn good television out there, which means to hold off their competition, these shows would need to be great in order to hold the attention of their viewers. There's also non-comic book fans out there to consider, so the gimmick of being an adaptation could only carry them so far. They would need to rely on the quality to have people coming back week after week. 

So, C'mon, Hollywood! Please be careful and don't go overboard when it comes to the superhero television shows. Look, I'm all for using comics, graphic novels or any other form of literature for creative visual purposes, but having dozens of superhero shows on simultaneously might get a little numbing. Everyone has their favorites and some have been unfairly left out of the spotlight, but with the massive amount that's coming at us, it feels somewhat like overkill. Here's to hoping that fantastic, wondrous spectacle revolving around these stories remains and that superheroes never lose any of their super. 

Extra Tidbit: Out of all these potential television shows, which one has you most excited? What about the most skeptical?
Source: JoBlo

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9:44PM on 01/28/2014

Would love to see a Christopher Nolan directed "Daredevil" (reboot)

...Because of the way Nolan balanced the (3) themes in WB/DC's subsequent Dark Knight Trilogy (Fear, Escalation & Hope) It would be interesting, to say the least, to see him tackle a tortured character like DD.

I can see how it might make some waves in the fan community (ala the whole Bryan Singer/Tom Rothman - X3/Superman Returns deal) as well.

Nolan doing a Marvel movie? The discussions alone would be mind-boggling. But I've been a die-hard fan of Matt Murdock since the early 80's &
...Because of the way Nolan balanced the (3) themes in WB/DC's subsequent Dark Knight Trilogy (Fear, Escalation & Hope) It would be interesting, to say the least, to see him tackle a tortured character like DD.

I can see how it might make some waves in the fan community (ala the whole Bryan Singer/Tom Rothman - X3/Superman Returns deal) as well.

Nolan doing a Marvel movie? The discussions alone would be mind-boggling. But I've been a die-hard fan of Matt Murdock since the early 80's & I'd love to see a true return to the character.
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4:52PM on 01/28/2014
They're not doing a wonder women show anymore. They've said this already! And if they changed they're minds and are going threw with it. Then I simply ask, why? How many times r they gonna try to make WW into a tv show? The last few times have failed. I'll check out Gotham but have a feeling they're gonna smallville the fuck out of it! If that's the case then I'll pass all together! As for flash, fuck flash on tv! Make a flash film.. CW is gonna cheapen and fuck up the cinematic universe with
They're not doing a wonder women show anymore. They've said this already! And if they changed they're minds and are going threw with it. Then I simply ask, why? How many times r they gonna try to make WW into a tv show? The last few times have failed. I'll check out Gotham but have a feeling they're gonna smallville the fuck out of it! If that's the case then I'll pass all together! As for flash, fuck flash on tv! Make a flash film.. CW is gonna cheapen and fuck up the cinematic universe with all the DC characters!
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3:33PM on 01/28/2014

problem is the budgets

say what you want but SHIELD and Arrow look really cheap and that alone I know bothers lots of people and it wont get better being on Netflix and things like that unless they start to spend a bit to bring the budget moderately close to the films that have preceded them.
say what you want but SHIELD and Arrow look really cheap and that alone I know bothers lots of people and it wont get better being on Netflix and things like that unless they start to spend a bit to bring the budget moderately close to the films that have preceded them.
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2:47PM on 01/28/2014
Superhero overload as opposed to Serial killer and CSI overload?

I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt before we judge them. I'm really enjoying Arrow at the moment.
Superhero overload as opposed to Serial killer and CSI overload?

I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt before we judge them. I'm really enjoying Arrow at the moment.
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2:36PM on 01/28/2014

superhero overload?

how about crime show overload? or how about stupid fantasy show overload? TV will always have trends. It's about time superheros get their chance to shine.
how about crime show overload? or how about stupid fantasy show overload? TV will always have trends. It's about time superheros get their chance to shine.
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1:55PM on 01/28/2014

OMG

...If you don't like it, don't watch it. People who like superheroes, will watch this stuff. If you don't, then don't. Isn't the entire point of movies and tv for people to enjoy? Go watch something else on the 28030423492382 channels while AOS or Arrow is on if you don't like it.
...If you don't like it, don't watch it. People who like superheroes, will watch this stuff. If you don't, then don't. Isn't the entire point of movies and tv for people to enjoy? Go watch something else on the 28030423492382 channels while AOS or Arrow is on if you don't like it.
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12:15PM on 01/28/2014

Possibly

Yeah, even probably. Imo. Instead of making a Agent Carter show, they should have dubbled the budget of SHIELD, make it grander and bigger (hard to otherwise make comics for the TV medium without making it bad or even cheesy).
Yeah, even probably. Imo. Instead of making a Agent Carter show, they should have dubbled the budget of SHIELD, make it grander and bigger (hard to otherwise make comics for the TV medium without making it bad or even cheesy).
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12:12PM on 01/28/2014
It depends on the quality of each show/film.

If they get careless and start throwing umpteen versions of shitty SHIELD type of shows, then yeah, overload will have arrived.
It depends on the quality of each show/film.

If they get careless and start throwing umpteen versions of shitty SHIELD type of shows, then yeah, overload will have arrived.
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12:11PM on 01/28/2014

They already have entered overload

The minute "Agents of SHIELD" was announced was the beginning of superhero overload. Attention Marvel, it needs to quite down for a year or two, then release "Avengers 2".
The minute "Agents of SHIELD" was announced was the beginning of superhero overload. Attention Marvel, it needs to quite down for a year or two, then release "Avengers 2".
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12:10PM on 01/28/2014
i love my superheros and i want to see the new x-men and a few other superhero movies but im already gettin a tad burnt out not to be a dick but im suprised the superhero movies are still goin strong since the first x-men came out
i love my superheros and i want to see the new x-men and a few other superhero movies but im already gettin a tad burnt out not to be a dick but im suprised the superhero movies are still goin strong since the first x-men came out
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12:09PM on 01/28/2014

Minor gripe on this series of articles...

The "C'mon Hollywood" articles used to have an idea behind them. Such as "C'mon Hollywood, do this...". To me, that makes more sense. Now, they seem to be articles that just straddle the fence. "C'mon Hollywood, maybe this, maybe that?" It doesn't have the same zing.

If you think (as I do) that there are WAY too many superhero things going on, then say it:

"C'mon Hollywood, stop glutting our TV's with crappy superhero shows!"
The "C'mon Hollywood" articles used to have an idea behind them. Such as "C'mon Hollywood, do this...". To me, that makes more sense. Now, they seem to be articles that just straddle the fence. "C'mon Hollywood, maybe this, maybe that?" It doesn't have the same zing.

If you think (as I do) that there are WAY too many superhero things going on, then say it:

"C'mon Hollywood, stop glutting our TV's with crappy superhero shows!"
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9:53AM on 01/29/2014
Well said!
Well said!
11:49AM on 01/28/2014
For what its worth I think Daredevil, Iron Fist, et al plus Defenders should be considered ONE show.
For what its worth I think Daredevil, Iron Fist, et al plus Defenders should be considered ONE show.
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11:22AM on 01/28/2014
I think TV is a good medium for superheroes - more time to develop the characters instead of cramming everything into 1 movie. So far I like Arrow more than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As for new series, I'm hopeful about Daredevil and The Flash. I think of new Daredevil as a cross between The Equalizer and Law & Order. Regarding The Flash, if the series has a similar framework like Arrow, things should be fine.
I think TV is a good medium for superheroes - more time to develop the characters instead of cramming everything into 1 movie. So far I like Arrow more than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As for new series, I'm hopeful about Daredevil and The Flash. I think of new Daredevil as a cross between The Equalizer and Law & Order. Regarding The Flash, if the series has a similar framework like Arrow, things should be fine.
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12:01PM on 01/28/2014
It depends. If the Netflix series is successful then we'll see Daredevil 2, Luke Cage 2, Iron Fist 2, Jessica Jones 2 and Defenders 2. Presumably we'll also see the Punisher, Elektra, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing at some point too.
It depends. If the Netflix series is successful then we'll see Daredevil 2, Luke Cage 2, Iron Fist 2, Jessica Jones 2 and Defenders 2. Presumably we'll also see the Punisher, Elektra, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing at some point too.
11:22AM on 01/28/2014

strain tv show

Strain is not a show based on a graphic novel or comic book. It's being based on a trilogy of novels by the same name.
Strain is not a show based on a graphic novel or comic book. It's being based on a trilogy of novels by the same name.
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11:15AM on 01/28/2014
There are some superhero characters/stories that would make for great television. Daredevil and Luke Cage I am particularly excited for since the focus is on less powered characters dealing with regular street crime. It's easier to produce and allows for stories that focus on character development, rather than hitting all the fan favourite notes from the comic.

Arrow has been great, and makes me intrigued to see what happens with The Flash. But the Gotham show and the Wonder Woman show
There are some superhero characters/stories that would make for great television. Daredevil and Luke Cage I am particularly excited for since the focus is on less powered characters dealing with regular street crime. It's easier to produce and allows for stories that focus on character development, rather than hitting all the fan favourite notes from the comic.

Arrow has been great, and makes me intrigued to see what happens with The Flash. But the Gotham show and the Wonder Woman show (which I thought was canned in favour of the movie) seem like bad ideas. Smallville lost it's appeal after 3 seasons, the point is origin stories as TV shows do not work. There is too much mythology and at the same time not enough mythology to flesh out an entire series. The end result is Smallville, where the character's mythology becomes ridiculous.

On the flipside, there is Agents of SHIELD which seemed like a great idea on paper But seeing the end result, it's a horrible execution. The show does not work on so many levels. It's the black sheep of the Marvel universe and needs to be cancelled. If this is what is intended for Agent Carter than it seriously needs to be canned before they start filming. And it should be used as a lesson for Daredevil and Luke Cage when it comes to Netflix.
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11:10AM on 01/28/2014
i know. it's getting old. but what can we do? live in a cave i suppose until the superhero glut passes over. in about 20 years probably.
i know. it's getting old. but what can we do? live in a cave i suppose until the superhero glut passes over. in about 20 years probably.
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10:47AM on 01/28/2014
I'm already experiencing Superhero fatigue, period.
I'm already experiencing Superhero fatigue, period.
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10:35AM on 01/28/2014
If a superhero series is successful on TV and it becomes a trend, I'm not opposed to it as there are many comic book characters who would be more suited to getting a TV show to themselves or being a part of a group/team show instead of being in a film. However, TV budgets are of course considerably smaller than those of feature films and they have to find ways of portraying super powers and action set pieces within that TV budget. I'd definitely love to see TV shows based on DC Comics
If a superhero series is successful on TV and it becomes a trend, I'm not opposed to it as there are many comic book characters who would be more suited to getting a TV show to themselves or being a part of a group/team show instead of being in a film. However, TV budgets are of course considerably smaller than those of feature films and they have to find ways of portraying super powers and action set pieces within that TV budget. I'd definitely love to see TV shows based on DC Comics properties but I think they should be kept in continuity with the movie universe Warner/DC is trying to establish, they really don't have the cohesion that has been carefully cultivated at Marvel for years. Do we have an official word on what became of Guillermo del Toro's planned Justice League: Dark Universe series? Because that's the one I'm most excited for, if it's still on the cards. Also, the CW has already scrapped Amazon, its planned Wonder Woman series.
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