There’s no denying that the superhero genre has all but taken over the Hollywood; but with so many superhero films and shows coming out every year (and an equal amount ending their run), it can be hard to keep track of which shows are ending and which upcoming shows are getting ready to premiere. From a super-powered family reunion written by Gerard Way to what will likely be the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix, we’ll dive headfirst into the greatest superhero shows to look out for in 2019 as well as some of the shows we’ll likely see the end of before the year is up.
9 Coming In 2019: Swamp Thing (DC Universe)
DC’s new streaming platform, DC Universe, has certainly hit the ground running when it comes to new original content. With the announcement of Swamp Thing (produced by James Wan) among some of the greatest minds of the horror genre, it seems like DC’s new live-action Swamp Thing could be gearing up to take on beloved author Alan Moore’s darker take on the character. So whether you’re a long-time fan of Swamp Thing or you’re just looking for an excuse to give DC Universe a trial run, Swamp Thing appears to be setting up DC Universe for another solid show after its initial outing Titans.
8 Coming In 2019: Doom Patrol (DC Universe)
If you’ve already taken the plunge and subscribed to yet another streaming service (DC Universe), then you may be familiar with their take on the live-action Doom Patrol, which they introduced during the freshman season of Titans. Doom Patrol will follow a group of misfit heroes with a more traumatic past and whimsical feel as they begin the chapter of their lives after their run-in with the Titans. Doom Patrol is set to begin airing this February with episodes running until late May, so that gives you plenty of time to get that DC Universe subscription (or a find a kind friend willing to share their password...).
7 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.
6 Coming In 2019: The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
The Umbrella Academy, written by Gerard Way, is a comically dark take on the superhero genre. When a family of super-powered individuals is called home after the death of the man who raised them, they soon realize that a simple funeral is much more than they could hope for.
A prophecy involving the end of the world, a time-displaced little big brother, and a talking chimpanzee — it’s certainly going to get weird. The first season of Netflix’s adaptation is set to cover the events of the first volume of the original comics: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite.
Umbrella Academy is set to release on Netflix mid-February, which gives anyone who hasn’t picked up the comics yet just enough time to run down to your local comic book shop and pick up the two volumes currently available. Although, there is a third currently being released and a fourth in the works.
5 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.
4 (Most Likely) Ending In 2019: The Punisher (Netflix)
While there has been no official announcement that Netflix’s The Punisher has hit the chopping block, for many, the announcement seems to be only a matter of time. While Netflix has already canceled most of its Marvel catalog, it has yet to announce the fates of the two shows remaining under in brand: Jessica Jones and The Punisher. It seems that season two will likely be the end of Jon Bernthal’s magnificent run as Frank Castle (aka the Punisher). Many fans were very pleased with Netflix’s attempt at bringing the ultra-violent anti-hero to the small screen, but even with avid fans, the series lost nearly 40% from its viewership numbers during its first season.
3 (Most Likely) Ending In 2019: Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Jessica Jones, much like its many other counterparts in Netflix’s shared Marvel Universe, is very likely to be coming to a conclusion this year along with The Punisher. While we haven’t seen the last of Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, the third season—which is set to release later this year—will likely be the last. It’s definitely a shame that these great series' were not able to come to their natural conclusion, especially in the case of The Punisher and Jessica Jones. We'd likely never get to see what kind of comedic gold that would come out of a meeting between Jessica and Frank.
There is still hope in the form of Jessica Jones, but we’ll just have to wait until its release sometime in 2019.
2 Ending In 2019: iZombie (The CW)
While iZombie doesn’t technically fit the description of a superhero show, it is a long-running series based on a comic book that will sadly be coming to an end this year. The series follows Liv Moore, a medical student who, after a night of hard-partying, discovers that she has become like so many others in a Romero film; living but dead. Liv tries to cope with the realities of her new situation, but things only get weirder when she realizes that she gains the memories of the corpses she has eaten from. The series has been running since early 2015 but will come to a close when its fifth and final season airs later this year on The CW.
1 Ending In 2019: Gotham (Fox)
When Gotham was first announced, fans of the Dark Knight were equal parts dismay and confused as to why anyone thought that what Batman needed was more prepubescent Bruce Wayne. Yet somehow, despite all the criticism, Gotham managed to give fans of the Dark Knight a fresh look at some of the Caped Crusader’s most iconic villains. The show also dove deep into the makings of two of Gotham city’s most iconic heroes, in the forms of Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon. After five years and 100 episodes, Gotham will air its final episode in early 2019.