Warner Bros. and DC Comics have recently upped the ante in the comic-book television series genre. With CW’s very successful Arrow series leaden the charge in its return tonight (January 15) from winter break, The Flash spin-off series, as well as Hourman, Gotham, and Constantine all in the works, WB and DC seem to be looking to take hold of the television throne.
This week has so far treated WB and DC very well, and we are still hours away from the return of Arrow (8pm EST).
Firstly, NBC has officially ordered a pilot episode for David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone’s(Dexter) Constantine series. The episode has been written by Cerone and the show is looking to pit Constantine, a man struggling with faith and events in his past, against the forces of darkness, as humanity’s defender.
I love the idea of giving Constantine his own show, he is a very intriguing anti-hero and, if done well, the series could really take off quickly. Having Cerone, who has seen much success in television with Dexter, is definitely a plus for Warner Bros. and DC.
Secondly, additional news has been reported regarding the new series Gotham, which has a lot of fans getting excited. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said in an interview;
“The show will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape. We will see how they [popular heroes and villains of Gotham] get to become who they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”
The series is said to feature all the popular heroes and villains of Gotham City. Some of the characters we will be seeing include, the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. Reilly also admitted that the show has a greenlighted pilot and the studio had all intentions on having the show go to series. Gotham will be created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist).
This series has me very excited, as it will be extremely interesting to witness the ins and outs of Gotham City, including the criminal underworld and the crooked police department. I like the idea of Jim Gordon being the main character of the show, because, as we’ve seen from Frank Miller in Year One, Gordon can be a very compelling character, if written correctly.
Lastly, fan-favorite, Arrow, returns tonight on the CW Network, after a multi-week winter break. When we last left off, Barry Allen had just been transformed into the Flash in a truly perfect scene, and Slade Wilson was revealed as Brother Blood’s superior and the ‘puppeteer’ of Starling City’s criminal underworld. All of this sets up for, what should be, an amazing second half of the season– and given the success of the show’s writers thus far, why should we doubt them?
In an interview, Arrow producer, Marc Guggenheim, explained the path Oliver must take in order to transform into the Starling City hero.
“I don’t know if there’s going to be one particular gut punch moment that sets [Oliver] back. Rather, I see the second half of Season 2 as an escalation of his problems. In other words, if he set this goal for himself at the beginning of the season that ‘I’m going to be a hero,’ now here comes Slade Wilson. And Slade is a big obstacle because he’s not coming back to prevent Oliver from breathing. He’s got a much more complex and wide-ranging plan that he’s been five years concocting. It’s designed to hit Oliver where he lives, and that’s going to be the biggest impediment to Oliver becoming a hero. I think heroes are born out of difficult circumstances, and Oliver will learn in the second half of this season that he can say he’s a hero, but the truth of it is that he’s going to have to become a hero through adversity. This is a terrible analogy, but Bill Clinton used to openly muse that he’d never be considered a great president because he never had to face a huge crisis. And it’s not dissimilar to Oliver in the sense that you can’t become a hero without having to overcome a huge sense of adversity. Now we’ve got Slade Wilson working with Sebastian Blood to provide that adversity, and it’s not spoiling anything to say that Oliver will have to rise to the challenge. And how he does that or whether he does it alone or with the people assembled around him is going to be a big question mark for him as we drive towards the season finale.”
Arrow has definitely been a solid anchor for Warner Bros. and DC Comics in a time when several of their decisions, whether it be for the cinematic universe or the DC Comic universe, have come with much criticism. It’s great to see that they have the potential to put an entertaining project together when there is so much doubt about their future big-screen success.
All in all, I am very excited for all three of these series. If Gotham and Constantine can emulate Arrow’s early success, then DC and Warner Bros. will definitely begin to get on the audience’s good side once again.