DC Comic Book Shows ‘The Flash’, ‘Constantine’, and ‘iZombie’ Ordered to Series

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It wouldn’t be accurate to call this a surprise, but after months of speculation and development, the pool of comic book adaptations is set to add three more to a list that already includes FOX’s recently ordered Gotham, Netflix’s quartet of Marvel series, and existing shows like The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (assuming it comes back) to both thrill fans and test the durability of this rapidly expanding bubble.

Proving itself to be a pillar of the heroing TV movement, The CW has tripled its reliance on the sub-genre, surrounding Arrow with The Flash (a sister series that earlier this season introduced audiences to Barry Allen, aka The Flash) and iZombie, which both received series pick-ups. Meanwhile, John Constantine and his e-cig (or whatever) will fight demons on NBC with Constantine.

To make room for the new series’ and due to their own under performance, The CW also decided to shutter The Carrie Diaries, Star-Crossed, and The Tomorrow People, a mild cult favorite whose cancellation inspired more than a few sour responses on social media. Out with the old and in with the new, though.

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Lets look at the synopses for the DC (and Vertigo) trio:

The Flash: Based upon characters published by DC Comics. Through a freak accident, scientist Barry Allen is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive. Cast: Grant Gustin (Barry Allen); Jesse L. Martin (Det. West); Tom Cavanaugh (Harrison Wells).

iZombie: 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. Based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Cast: Rose McIver (Liv).

Constantine: 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.

Obviously, despite their similar creative origins, these shows are each going into existence with a different set of expectations and questions to answer. Such as: can The Flash both co-exist and stand apart from the Arrow universe that it technically hatched from? Can Grant Gustin’s quirky charm carry the show over the course of a season and will non-comic fans buy a vision of the DC Universe that is a fair bit more fantastical than a rich vigilante with a bow and a predilection for violence?

iZombie isn’t connected to another existing show in the strictest sense, but as a zombie-centric series there will be comparisons to The Walking Dead, even though the two worlds are nothing at all alike – with the latter about surviving zombies and the unearthed internal hideousness of man, and the former set to tell a story about coping and adapting to being an outsider (with the help of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas’ wit and wisdom).

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As for Constantine, the big question has to be about the tone. Are audiences going to accept the deep dark tone of Hellblazer comics in prime time? How about this one, is NBC going to have the intestinal fortitude to tip toe over the line and challenge audiences to do just that, or will the show be a watered down version of the Constantine character and story?

Sadly, we’ll have to wait till the fall to get a real handle on any of these pressing questions, but we’re thankful for the chance to see these stories at least potentially bloom and curious to see how many more comic book based properties can fill the pool before audiences start to turn away.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates on the premiere dates for The Flash, iZombie, and Constantine

Source: EW

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  1. Super pumped about Flash. Interested in iZombie because I’ve never heard of it before and couldn’t care less about Constantine.

    • But Constantine is a much more interesting character than The Flash could ever be. Seriously, check out a few Hellblazer comics.

      • stop stating your opinions like they’re facts.

      • How many Flash Comics have you read? He is actually one of the most interesting characters in all of DC. I have never personally read Constantine, and just because the movie was meh, doesn’t mean the franchise is devoid of quality. C’mon man. Give Barry a chance and watch the pilot. and if you don’t like it, don’t worry, it’ll be over in a flash.

        • Sorry guys but he’s right… The flash is a great character I have a liking for the Wally west version. But there’s no denying comstantine is a much more complex character.
          Flash is extremely powerful and bound by the usual moral code of the superheroes. From the friendly bout between the shade and jay Garrick to nowadays, He’s a 40′s character through and through as the or as the rogues concept proves it. That’s part of his charm and there’s nothing wrong with it. Simplicity has a value of its own.
          Constantine nickname says it all : con man. Althought his reputation makes him a dreaded adversary in hell and in heaven. He’s not powerful and he’s certainly not bound by anything like a moral code.
          He’s a mess. He screwed and got screwed in every meaning by every living being on earth and in hell. He doomed a child to hell, got in the looney bin, sold his soul numerous times, got some demon blood inside his veins, slept with a succubus, lived as a beggar,gave the birdie to The Lords of hell, sliced his very soul, got lung cancer, went hippie, tricked angel and devils alike left and right. He s a brawler but can’t fistfight, he’s adamant on human dignity but he’s close to being an alcoholic.
          He elevates himself by his sheer wit to a god like dimension and them fall to a a lowlife level soon after.
          Inside the mythological world of dc inhabited by god and heroes he’s one of the most humane characters there is and probably one of the best written ever.

          • Constantine is ,and thats worries me !
            Hard to believe they get it right..especially he is smoking,and that is part of his story as well ! If they cut this out..man !

            Constantine is great and just worry they get it right !

  2. If its done right the flash could be an amazing show where the time travél paradox ando crime fighting are the main point

  3. Alright! Flash! I wasn’t sure if this would get picked up for season, but super glad that it did! Now all we can do is hope that it’s not as campy as the 90s version.

  4. Lets face it and be honest, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FLASH BABY!

  5. Agents of Shield, Arrow, The Flash, and all the Netflix Marvel heroes series for me!! I am also looking forward to Hourman, which seldom gets mentioned but I understand is also on eventual development plans for CW and DC.

    • I’m also hoping that we one day see Hourman. Call me crazy, I’m most looking forward to Constantine, I just hope they get it right. This is the network that gave us The Cape.

  6. Wow, the iZombie story is interesting. That brain-eating med causes him/her to inherit the corpse’s memory and help solve crime. As for constantine, if you watched the movie starring Keanu Reeve’s, it was fine and the story is interesting too. Flash would be great of course especially the crossovers with the arrow. I hope Flash will show in the season finale of arrow and hoping for Constantine, iZombie and flash to have crossovers with Arrow’s 3rd season.

    • @DarkKnight
      I hate to burst your bubble man but Constantine and iZombie will never, ever cross over with those other titles. First off, constantine is on NBC, so that isn’t happening. Secondly, iZombie does not even exist in the same universe as Arrow and Flash. Is it even the same publishing company? Hopefully i didn’t misinterpret your comment and am now being a dick for no reason. It just bothers me when people have pipe dreams about crossovers that would never happen because the properties aren’t related in the least.

      • Hey man it’s okay to be a dick. I know it will never happen, haha just dreaming. But yea I’m excited for this.

        • actually if the producers of both shows put some serious effort into it, they can have a crossover; it has happened in the past and there is this magical TV notion called “Sweeps Week”. Its just highly unlikely.

          • Wow that’s cool.

  7. Why would the audience turn away? There would seem to be no end to the cop procedual/CGI type of shows, so why should this be temporary?

  8. so many awesome shows its gonna be hard to keep up

  9. FLASH! AHHA! He saved every one of us…
    Very cool ;o)

    • Wrong flash man! Thats Flash Gordon!


    • LMAO! Wrong Flash, bro

      • Thanks all! Did know that- still… Great song and film ;o)

  10. If they don’t allow Constantine, (because it’s not as cool as gratuitous violence), to smoke, then that tells me all I need to know about the show and it’s tone, and I won’t even bother to tune in.

    • Yeah. If they don’t want to show people smoking, for a fear that it might animate people to do the same, what’s all the murder, rape, torture, brawling, reckless driving, lying, cheating, drinking and other drug use still doing on TV? Why is there still anything else but pretty flowers and cute bunny rabbits on TV?

      • Though I agree with your comments, if you think about it, all the bad things NORMALLY (key word) are done by the bad people in TV who get caught/arrested/dead/tried/bad reputation due to doing said bad thing.

        I think the main concern is having the good guy doing the bad things and making it look ok to do them.

        Like I said though, I agree with you and think its dumb.

        • Do a quick search for TV anti-heroes and see if smoking compares to what they do.

          • Which of them are on network TV?

  11. I’ve always liked the fact that I’ve never watched too many TV shows. Never really interested me. But now TV has finally found my weakness. Comic books!! I now watch The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Agents of Shield,and I also got sucked into Game of Thrones. But this is just crazy how comic book shows are about to come out. I’m literally going to be watching like ten shows now. Constantine, Flash, that Marvel Noir/Daredevil thing, Gotham origin show, Agent Carter, Preacher, and then there’s that Guilermo del Toro thing that looks really cool. Uggh……..

  12. Well by now, most of us realize that crossover continuity doesn’t exist all that much when it comes to these shows, and except for Arrow and The Flash, which is a rarity, it still seems to be the case. I’m ok with that, I’d like it to be a little more cohesive, but we take what we can get.
    The Flash should be the break out show and the one I’m looking forward to the most. Since it was said that there will be a some what rogues gallery, that in it self will make it extremely fun. There is also enough source material to rely on form the comics and able to convert tot he series to really expand. A chance for Barry to go back in time, probably by mistake or villainy, to maybe even meet the 1940′s Jay Garrick’s’ The Flash or at least right before he becomes the Flash in that time period. Now there’s a way to connect it to Gotham. lol. Its improbable but not impossible. But really, the ideas and the storylines for The Flash can be endless. Maybe a Kid Flash wally West. The thing is, since they are finally doing a superhero show with real super powers, anything goes. And that’s a good thing.

  13. So when I heard Constantine got an hour block.
    I cried tears of fear and joy…. After seeing it.
    I’ve become a heavy drinker and picked up smoking again. ;D

    Also Flash is kinda cool.

    New Arrow season is killing it… Finally f*** off with the mellow drama.