RETURNING: GOTHAM (SEASON FIVE)
Commissioner Gordon through the streets of Gotham as he goes up against the burgeoning ranks of criminals who will one day fill Batman’s Rogue Gallery. Speaking of Batman, young Bruce Wayne has grown from callow orphan to the makings of a true superhero.
It’s been an enjoyable hero’s journey during a time period that hadn’t been covered before, and now, as Batman teeters on the cusp of becoming The Caped Crusader, here’s hoping the conclusion will satisfy longtime fans of the show.
Marvel’s New Warriors is to the Avengers, Doom Patrol is similar to the Justice League, with members that aren’t quite so well-known, and whose powers aren’t quite so polished. It consists of Elasti-Woman, Crazy Jane, Cyborg, Robotman, Mr. Nobody, The Chief, and Negative Man.
Alec Holland and his contact with a dangerous swamp-borne virus in Louisiana. He will work with local law enforcement to protect his local town, as well as the natural world from a variety of supernatural threats, all while keeping a firm grasp on his humanity. Swamp Thing comes out July 2019 on DC Universe.
Amazon Studios has The Boys coming in 2019, a series which offers a hard-hitting look into a world where superheroes have abused their popularity, wealth, status, and influence. It focuses specifically on a group of novice superhumans that become The Seven: the seven most well-known superheroes in the world managed by the global conglomerate, Vought.
With alum from House of Cards and Supernatural, as well as big names like Karl Urban and Simon Pegg, the hour-long superhero drama is sure to turn out a subversive take on the genre amidst the slightly peppier fair for the year. It premieres exclusively on Amazon Prime.
With a nod to the nostalgia of 80s retro camp comes Stargirl, based on the comic book character created in 1999 by Geoff Johns, who will also write the first episode. It follows Courtney Whitmore (based on Johns’ own sister, who passed away tragically in 1996), a smart, athletic teenager who discovers that her step-father used to be a sidekick for a superhero.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
Born as one of several dozen children to mothers that have never displayed signs of pregnancy since their birth in 1989, each child has unique abilities. Seven were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who intends for them to use their powers to help the world.
When the six remaining children learn of the passing of their adoptive father when they are in their thirties, they try to come together after a fractured adolescence in order to solve the mystery of his demise as the threat of a global apocalypse looms. It will debut on February 15th, 2019 on Netflix.
CLOAK & DAGGER (SEASON TWO)
With a romance specifically geared towards the superhero genre, its two leads have unique powers that seem to work much better together than apart, though their budding feelings for each other complicates it.
The series was greenlit for a second season almost halfway through the first, as ratings remained high and several other Marvel shows were getting axed. Season two premieres on Freeform in fall of 2019.
YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS (SEASON THREE)
. Originally airing on Cartoon Network, it returns on DC’s digital streaming service for a third season called Young Justice: Outsiders, which, if proven popular, has the potential to lead to a fourth and fifth season.
Amid the furor for Titans, Young Justice: Outsiders will premier just in time to fill the spot that the live action series leaves once it finishes its first season. Fans will be able to see The Flash and all their favorite young DC characters January 4th, 2019 as part of DC Universe.
Harley Quinn made a huge impression as The Joker’s girlfriend and partner in crime in Batman: The Animated Series in the ‘90s. After the success of her live-action appearance in Suicide Squad, as well as her various appearances in animated films over the years, it was only a matter of time before she was the focus of her own show.Harley’s adventures after she breaks up with Joker, befriends Poison Ivy, and attempts to join the Legion of Doom. It will premier on DC Universe, DC’s digital streaming service, alongside Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol.
LEGION (SEASON THREE)
Season two was a roller coaster ride of emotions and revelations, with explosive uses of mental powers that unveiled new truths about the mental patient that could be the son of the famous Professor Charles Xavier. The character of David Haller/Legion, whose psionic powers in the comics allowed him to take on the personalities (and thus powers) of hundreds of superheroes, has been a hard subject to capture, but the series does it justice with it
KRYPTON (SEASON TWO)
Man Of Steel’s family and homeworld, Krypton may have been off to a rocky start with its first season, but its unique subject matter, time period, and engaging aesthetic built the show a steadfast, loyal following, resulting in it being greenlit for a second season.Taking place many years before the planet’s destruction, to support prophecies about Krypton’s impending doom is deemed insanity. Therefore, it’s up to Seyg-El, Superman’s grandfather, to fight to maintain the good reputation of the House of El, even amidst the slander of its name. It will get a second season in mid-May on the SyFy channel.
One of the best things about the “Elseworlds” crossover event this year was the premier appearance of Batwoman. Ruby Rose will star in her own television series for the CW as Kate Kane, cousin to Bruce Wayne and fellow member of the Bat Family.
A strong proponent of social justice, as well as a highly-trained martial artist, Kate Kane will clean up the streets of Gotham with her own patented method of eliminating the criminal element now that Batman has been missing for several years. Her free-spirited nature and unorthodox methods should make for some arresting television come fall 2019
- DC UNIVERSE
- 1 season
- Superhero, Drama
Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.
First aired 2019.
Fox is working on an adaptation of the graphic novel Protocol Orphans. Based on the graphic novel co-created by actor Peter Facinelli, Protocol Orphanscenters on a foster home of orphans who are trained as covert operatives for the US Government. The BOOM! Studios production will be written by Amanda Segel (Person of Interest).
Fox’s adaptation of Vertigo Comics’ Lucifer series has sparked a little controversy, but is still set to hit our screens soon. It’s been adapted for the screen by Californication’s Tom Kapinos. This take on Satan himself was originally a spin-off from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic series.
Styled on David Bowie, this version of the Father Of Lies leaves his job in Hell for a more glamorous life in Los Angeles. Here, in the TV version, he will start helping solve local crimes (that bit’s a departure from the comics).
COMING IN 2019: WATCHMEN (HBO)
Fans of Alan Moore’s stunning graphic novel had plenty to be excited about when HBO announced its plans to bring the Watchmen to the silver screen in the form of a new series. While news of the new series is reason enough to be excited, fans can rest assured that showrunner Damon Lindelof, who has worked on Lost and another HBO series The Leftovers, intends to respect the original material while remixing some new elements into the familiar settings. Watchmen won’t be a straight adaptation or a sequel, but whatever it is, there’s plenty of reason to be excited for its premiere later this year
COMING IN 2019: RAISING DION (NETFLIX)
Raising Dion is a different take on a slightly worn out genre. The series will follow the titular Dion, a young boy whose powers seem to be growing more and more every day, and his mother as she tries to raise a responsible young superhero of color. Raising Dion will be based on the comic of the same name written by Dennis Liu and illustrated by Jason Piperberg. While there hasn’t been much news announced recently, Michael B. Jordan is said to be attached to the project and that’s plenty of reason to be excited about the series premiere in and of itself.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – September 17
The wacky 2D animated avengers of four genetically modified adolescent reptiles come to a new generation of kids. The new series premieres Monday, September 17 on Nickelodeon.
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest – September 23
T’Challa must once again team up with his sister Shuri and his fellow Avengers to protect Wakanda in this animated series. Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest premieres Sunday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.
Deadly Class – 2019
Based on the comic book by Rick Remender, Deadly Class follows a kid in 1987 drawn into a school of assassins. The Russo Brothers-produced series will premiere in 2019 on Syfy.
|Batwoman||The CW||Part of the Arrowverse|
|Secret Six||TBA||Pilot production commitment||CBS|
|Lucifer||2016–present||4 seasons||Fox (season 1–3)
Netflix (season 4–)
|Renewed for a fifth and final season|
|Preacher||3 seasons||AMC||Renewed for a fourth and final season|
|Sweet Tooth||TBA||Pilot order||Hulu|
|Survivors’ Club||TBA||TBA||The CW|
Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenplay by Story by Producer(s) Status
Birds of Prey February 7, 2020 Cathy Yan Christina Hodson Margot Robbie, Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless Post-production
Wonder Woman 1984 June 5, 2020 Patty Jenkins Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns and David Callaham Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot
The Batman June 25, 2021 Matt Reeves Dylan Clark, , Geoff Johns and Matt Reeves Pre-production
The Suicide Squad August 6, 2021 James Gunn Charles Roven, Michael De Luca, Peter Safran, Geoff Johns, Richard Suckle, Dan Lin and Andy Horwitz
The Flash 2021 John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Joby Harold & Dan Mazeau and Seth Grahame-Smith & Chris Brancato and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Ezra Miller & Grant Morrison Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Chris Brancato & Marc Guggenheim and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa Michael Disco, Geoff Johns, Richard Suckle, Jon Berg, Zack Snyder, Alex Gartner, Dan Mazer, Deborah Snyder, Denise Di Novi, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller In development
Aquaman 2 December 16, 2022 TBA David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick Jason Momoa and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick James Wan, Peter Safran and Rob Cowan
Birds of Prey (2020)
Since the events of Suicide Squad, Batman has disappeared, leaving Gotham City unprotected from crime, and Harley Quinn has left the Joker. When Cassandra Cain, a young girl, comes across a diamond belonging to crime lord Black Mask, Harley joins forces with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to help protect her.
In addition to Robbie’s starring role, the team roster will also include Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ella Jay Basco as Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain, respectivelyBlack Mask will serve as the film’s primary antagonist with Ewan McGregorportraying the character, and Chris Messina will be portraying Victor Zsasz.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s, and finds a formidable foe in the form of the Cheetah.
The film takes place in the 1980s during the Cold War. Jenkins said the film, like its predecessor, will be a love story, but with a new love interest.Pre-production had begun by early December 2017.By March 2018, Kristen Wiig was cast to portray the film’s primary antagonist, Barbara Ann Minerva / Cheetah That same month, Pedro Pascal was also cast in a key role. Production began on June 13, 2018, around the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Other filming locations include the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in the United Kingdom and the islands of Tenerife and Fuerteventura in Spain. Wonder Woman 1984 is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2020.
The Batman (2021)
] By May 2019, Warner Bros. had a shortlist of actors contending for the lead role, including: Robert Pattinson, Nicholas Hoult, Armie Hammer, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Later that month, Warner Bros. screen tested Pattinson and Hoult in the role, afterwhich they cast Pattinson as Batman.The Batman will be the first installment in a trilogy of films centered around the character. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late 2019 in London, England; with a release date of June 25, 2021.
The Suicide Squad (2021)
In March, Idris Elba joined the cast. He was initially hired to replace Smith as Deadshot, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, but it was later decided that Elba would play a new character so Smith could return in the future Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis will reprise their roles as Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller, respectively. David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior were cast as Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher, respectively. John Cena has additionally been cast in an as-of-yet unnamed role. Other members of the titular team will include King Shark and Peacemaker. Production will begin in September 2019, for a scheduled release date of August 6, 2021.
The Flash (2021)
By July 2013, Greg Berlanti was developing a film that centered around Barry Allen / The Flash. In October 2014, The Flash was announced with a scheduled 2018 release date. The initial script was drafted by Berlanti, Chris Brancato, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim.In April 2015, a story treatment was written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller based on the previous draft, with the intention being that the duo would also direct the film. Over the next two years, Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, had individually dropped out as directors of the project due to creative differences with the studio.
Aquaman 2 (2022)
By December 2018, a sequel to Aquaman was in developmentIn October 2018, James Wan stated the first film intentionally left room for a followup. Jason Momoa later revealed that he had an idea for the sequel, and had written the first act. The actor pitched the story to Warner Bros. through Emmerich and producer Peter Safran, who were receptive.By December, high pre-release ticket sales and positive reception for the film had convinced Warner Bros. to begin developing a sequel. In January 2019, Warner Bros. confirmed development, with intentions for Wan to return as director.The following month, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, co-writer of the first film, signed on as screenwriter.In March, Safran announced the film will explore the other Seven Kingdoms of Atlantis.Aquaman 2 is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022