So after the much acclaimed (and very much screamed at) season finale of the CW’s Arrow on Wednesday night we look towards next season’s buffet of superhero shows. Following on from the success of this season and the ultimate hype that superhero TV and film has had since the critically acclaimed Avenger’s Assemble, it is no surprise that American TV networks are snatching up as many of these shows as possible. Here’s what we have to look forward to next season:
Starring: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Jesse L Martin as Detective West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Candice Patton as Iris West.
Plot: Following on from his cameo in the CW’s hit show Arrow, Barry Allen (Gustin) is currently comatose having been struck by a bolt of lightning at S.T.A.R Labs. When he wakes up, he has gone through a few changes. One including the fact that he now has super-speed . Could this new superhuman ability help him to find out who was really behind his mother’s murder all those years ago?
Thoughts: I am so excited for the start of this series. After seeing Grant in the second series of Arrow, no matter how brief it was, there is no doubt that he is the perfect choice for the role. Balancing the right amount of dorkiness and serious, Gustin has us falling in love with him from the word go. I’m glad to see that The Flash is going to have crossover’s with Arrow, with the teaser above showing us a glimpse of Stephen Amell as the titular character.
Plot: Before the times of Batman, Catwoman, Penguin and the Riddler, Gotham’s finest patrolled the streets . New recruit Detective Jim Gordon is then paired up with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham’s most high-profile cases ever: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. When Gordon meets young Bruce Wayne his life changes dramatically. Low and behold, this is the same boy who will one day become the Dark Knight, and how many of his enemies will they meet along the way?
Starring: Matt Ryan as John Constantine and Lucy Griffiths as Liv.
Plot: John Constantine, a con man, turned detective is a man of mystery.
Thoughts: I for one have never seen or been interested in Constantine before. Having never viewed the Keanu Reeves big-screen adaptation, I’m not 100% sure of the premise of the story (hence the VERY brief plot above!). However, in my viewing of next seasons new sign ups, I came across this show. After watching the trailer above, I’m already impressed. On first watch it reminds me of Supernatural mixed with City of Angels (in reference to the giant angel wings). One thing I’m enjoying about this rendition is the ‘Britishness’ of it all. Blonde-haired Matt Ryan, Welsh-born portrays a brilliant English accent, whereas English-born Lucy Griffiths pulls off an extremely realistic American accent.
Agent Carter (ABC)
Starring: Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Plot: It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers.
Thoughts: As a middle-ground between The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier this is my kind of show. A kick-ass woman working for a secret organisation set in the 40’s? I’m completely game. Hayley Atwell plays a brilliant Peggy and I can’t wait to see her getting a lot more hands on. I am assuming that by the presence of Howard Stark in the plot line that we will see Dominic Cooper reprise the role at least once or twice during the series.
Bring on the autumn season!