We're in the midst of TV pickup season, and three new series based on DC comic books are officially in the works for the fall, in addition to Gotham, which, to be fair, feels like it's based on a Joel Schumacher movie instead of a comic book.
First up we have NBC's Constantine, of course inspired by the DC/Vertigo comic Hellblazer, one of only about a dozen comics I've actually followed in my life. Matt Ryan will don the trench coat, and here's hoping he coughs more convincingly than Keanu Reeves. Read a very long summary of the series:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
I love John Constantine. If this guy isn't the coolest, I will hate him. (Full disclosure: I very, very much like the movie Constantine. Not particularly as an adaptation of Hellblazer, but more as a movie where Keanu Reeves broods handsomely and Tilda Swinton plays the bitchy archangel she was always meant to play.)
Next is The CW's The Flash, based on, you know, DC's Flash Comics. I'm probably going to give this a shot because my love for Smallville dictates that I will give all CW/DC shows a shot. Arrow squandered that shot with a quickness, and the way Barry Allen moves, I imagine Flash will be no different.
Barry Allen is a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fanboy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.
CAST: Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, John Wesley Shipp, Michelle Harrison, Patrick Sabongui
TEAM: Greg Berlanti (w, ep), Andrew Kreisberg (w, ep), Geoff Johns (w), David Nutter (d, ep), Sarah Schechter (ep)
And finally we've got, also on The CW, Rob Thomas' iZombie from Vertigo, and since Veronica Mars and Party Down are on perpetual rewatch in my house, I will absolutely be checking out this one. Especially because Thomas is working with his usual writing and producing gang, names that appear on nearly every episode of VM and PD. (But no John Enbom? Bummer.)
A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
CAST: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, Robert Buckley, Nora Dunn, Ruhul Kohli
TEAM: Rob Thomas (w, ep), Diane Ruggiero (w, ep), Danielle Stokdyk (ep), Dan Etheridge (ep)
Which of these would you guys like to see reviewed? I am but one woman, but I admit that I'm interested in all of them. Not hopeful, necessarily, particularly in the case of The Flash, but interested.