With the US and International box office being dominated by comic book adaptations, it's clear just how interested people are in superheroes and comic book adaptations at large. TV too has become ground zero for comic book properties with superhero shows such as The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl gaining a huge following.
From procedurals like iZombie and Lucifer to quality dramas like Legion and Preacher, TV has slowly been filled with comic book entities that go beyond the generic superhero mumbo jumbo of the superhero films. And with shows like The Walking Dead providing huge ratings, it's no wonder that more and more networks are planning to adapt comic books as TV shows. Netflix and Hulu already host a number of comic book based content and Amazon is looking to get in the ring as well by adapting a well known series as well. And with more and more shows being produced each year, a wide range of series based on comic books are being made each year.
Here is a list of 17 Upcoming TV Series Based On Comic Books.
Krypton is perhaps one of the biggest, most ambitious shows on this list. The upcoming Syfy series revolves around Superman's grandfather Seg-El and is set 200 years before the birth of Kal-El (Superman). The series follows the El family who have been ostracized and now must fight to redeem their honor. It stars Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney, Cameron Cuff, Aaron Pierre, Eliot Cowan, and Hannah Waddingham The television series has been developed by The Dark Knight and Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer along with Sleepy Hollow EP Damian Kindler and will premiere on March 21st, 2018.
16 Locke & Key
Locke & Key has been one of the best selling IDW comics since its release back in 2008. The comic was adapted as a TV series (produced by Steven Spielberg) but the show ultimately didn't see the light of the day after FOX decided not to buy the season after being unsatisfied with its pilot. The horror/fantasy comic received new life last year when Hulu decided to order a pilot with producers Scott Derrickson, Carlton Cuse and Lindsey Springer attached to the show. IT director Andy Muschietti was tapped to direct the pilot for the show.
The first season will revolve around three siblings who return to their ancestral home in Maine after the murder of their father, only to discover that it possesses special powers.Meghan Charpentier, Nate Coddry, Frances O'Conner, and Danny Glover will all star in the upcoming Hulu show.
DC's upcoming web series for their yet to be named digital service, Titans, is easily among the most anticipated shows on this list. The series developed by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Akiva Goldsman is expected to release later this year and stars Brendon Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin,Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, and Anna Diop as Starfire. While not much has been revealed about the upcoming DC show other superheroes (including Hawk and Dove) are slated to appear on the show. Based on character descriptions (particularly Raven's) it seems likely that the first season will have the Titans facing off against Raven's demon father Trigon.
14 The Boys
Wildstorm and Dynamite Entertainment's The Boys was originally meant to be adapted as a movie, but after those plans fell through, a television adaptation from Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Original Film and Sony Pictures Television was developed for Cinemax. Late last year though, the series was greenlight by Amazon Studios for release in 2019. Soon after Jessica Jones alum Erin Moriarty was tapped to play Annie Januray/ Starlight.
The series is set in a world where superheroes have become corrupted by their celebrity status and begun engaging in reckless and illegal behavior. The CIA thus commissions a team of agents, known informally as The Boys, to monitor and apprehend the superhero community. The Boys was written by Preacher writer Garth Ennis and this will be his second comic series that has been adapted by Seth Rogen.
Back in 2016 no one could have predicted just how popular The CW's take on Riverdale would become, and how the show would not only become a Netflix breakout but also spawn its own spin-off series on the streaming site. But with Riverdale becoming a bonafide hit for The CW and Netflix it makes sense why the streaming giant would choose to develop a Sabrina series in line with the dark Archie version. The upcoming series will be based on the dark comics of Roberto Agguire-Sacasa The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Early this year, Mad Men and Feud star Kiernan Shipka was cast in the titular role. Not much is known about the Sabrina series and it's yet to be determined if the show will crossover with Riverdale at some point. The series is expected to make its way to audiences later this year or early next year.
12 Harley Quinn TV Series
It's hard to believe that Joker's sidekick and love interest Harley Quinn wasn't initially in the comics, given her immense popularity these days. The character was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series but fans' love for the psychotic villainess had the writers introduce her in comics as well. Since then she's become a constant fixture in the Batman universe and has appeared in everything from Batman to Suicide Squad and Gotham City Sirens. Harley Quinn's popularity greatly grew after her live action debut in 2016's Suicide Squad and now DC is planning to give us Harley fans, her own TV show.
It was revealed late last year that a action-comedy animated series was in the works for the character. The half hour show is set to debut on the DC's digital streaming site. The show is set to feature other characters from the DC Universe including Poison Ivy and revolves around the life of Quinn, when she breaks things off with Joker once and for all and plans to become the Queen of the Gotham Underworld.
Fans of John Constantine were thrilled when the hero was included in Arrow's fourth season and his inclusion in the Arrowverse will allow him to visit the Legends in the upcoming Season 3 mid season premiere of Legends of Tomorrow. But the hero will also be headlining his own animated web series on The CW Seed. Voiced by Matt Ryan, the website is set to release six ten minute long episodes of the show that will be set in the Arrowverse similarly to how Vixen is. CW Seed's Constantine isn't going to hold back on the character's dark side and is said to be even more mature than the short-lived NBC show. The web series has yet to release a premiere date but is expected to roll out this year.
10 Marvel's Cloak & Dagger
Cloak & Dagger is an upcoming Freeform series based on Marvel comics by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan. The series starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Josheph and producedby Heroes EP Joe Polaski, revolves around Tandy Bowen/Dagger and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak, two teenagers who develop a link with each other after acquiring superpowers. Emma Lahana, Carl Lundstedt, Jaime Zevallos, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, and J. D. Evermore are all set to star in the series. Freeform hasn't released much information about the show, but its trailer has been received warmly by fans and critics since its release last year.
Cloak & Dagger is also not tied to other Marvel properties like most Marvel shows, and is one of the few Marvel shows not set in New York. The series is set to release the first of its 10 episodes this June.
9 Young Justice: The Outsiders
DC's animated Young Justice series acquired quite a loyal fan base as soon as it began airing the show on Cartoon Network. However the show was shockingly cancelled following the series' sophomore season. The reason for this was the lack of funds for the show but within weeks of the series cancellation rumors began to circulate that Netflix was planning to revive the show. Months after the fans rallied for the series revival, Warner Bros. announced that it was planning to release the series' third season for its DC-oriented digital service in 2018. The series was rebranded as Young Justice: Outsiders. It was announced later that year that Wonder Girl, Tim Drake, Impulse, Beast Boy, Arsenal, Blue Beetle, Static, Arrowette, Spoiler and Thirteen would all be in the series. As of yet no exact release date has been provided for the series.
8 Deadly Class
One of the most anticipated upcoming comic book based TV series is Syfy's Deadly Class adaptation. The show based on the graphic novel of the same name will be produced by Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Deadly Class follows students at the King's Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret high school where students are trained to become assassins. Benedict Wong, Michel Duval, María Gabriela de Faría, Liam James, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, and Luke Tennie are all set to star in the show. Wadsworth will be playing the lead character Marcus, a socially awkward outcast who has had it rough growing up in the streets of San Francisco. Adam Targum, Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, and Lee Toland Krieger will serve as executive producers, with The Age of Adaline and Riverdale director Krieger also shooting the pilot.
7 Marvel's New Warriors
Marvel is developing a New Warriors comedy show based on the Marvel comics superhero team of the same name. The series starring Milana Vayntrub, Calum Worthy, Matthew Moy Derek Theler, Jeremy Tardy, and Kate Comer was initially set to premiere this year on Freeform, but Freeform busy line-up made Disney ship the series around to other avenues, hoping to score a two season pick up order for the show. The show's pilot has reportedly been met with incredible reception by Disney execs and the focus is now on landing the show in a Disney owned network for release later this year.
New Warriors will revolve around superheroes Squirrel Girl, Mister Immortal, Microbe, Night Thrasher, Speedball and Debrii who become the unlikely heroes the world needs.
6 Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe
Arrow's Deadshot, Michael Rowe, is moving from one badass character to another. The actor is set to play the lead in Bat in the Sun's Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. The web series revolves around Valiant Comics superhero Ninjak, a British Intelligence Agent who is also a spy and a ninja. The series will star Chantelle Barry as Roku, Kevin Porter as Armstrong of Archer & Armstrong, Derek Theler as X-O Manowar, Ciera Foster as Livewire, Jason David Frank as Bloodshot, John Morrison as Eternal Warrior, and Tatiana DeKhtyar as Colonel Capshaw. Nicola Posener has also joined the cast in an unspecified role. Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe will also include characters from the different parts of the Valiant Comics world including Faith, Divinity and Timewalker. The show is expected to release this year.
FXX's decision to make a 10 episode Deadpool animated series is something all comic book fans can rally behind. Since the character's first appearance in the comics, the Merc with a Mouth has become one of the most popular characters from Marvel. His appearance in the 2016 Ryan Reynolds film has only added to the character's popularity. Now, FXX is trying to capitalize on the antihero's popularity by giving a season order to an animated Deadpool series. Atlanta creator Donald Glover will be helming the show working alongside his brother Stephen Glover. Interestingly Donald Glover is the second cast member to have a link to Deadpool after his Atlanta co-star Zazie Beatz was cast as Domino in Deadpool 2. As of yet no one has been tapped to voice the role of Wade in the 2018 TV series.
TNT has begun production on the TV version of the 2013 film Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton film Snowpiercer, which was based on the post-apocalyptic French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The comic and the film revolves around a 1,001 car-train called the Snowpiercer, which holds the last surviving humans, after an attempt to stop global warming descends the world into an ice age. The TNT series starring Daveed Diggs, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova, Jennifer Connely, Allison Wright, and Mickey Summer among others, is set to late 2018 or 2019. The show's pilot has been directed by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, though we're still not entirely sure when we're going to see the series.
3 Y: The Last Man
Brian K. Vaughan's Y: The Last Man is one of the most critically acclaimed comic series from Vertigo Comics. The series revolves around a young amateur escape artist called Yorick Brown who becomes the only human with the Y chromosome left when all other male species of the world are wiped out. The comic book was initially set to be adapted as a feature film with David S. Goyer attached as a producer. In 2015, it was revealed that a TV adaptation of the comic series was in the works at FX. The comicbook writer Vaughan was also confirmed to be a writer for the show. In 2016, Michael Green of Blade Runner 2049 and American Gods was added as the show's showrunner. This year though Green is finally going to begin working on the project after his falling out with Starz over American Gods and the show is expected to finally pick up pace and head towards production. Elijah Wood has shown interest in working on the show, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
2 The Umbrella Academy
Netflix is currently developing an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic book series The Umbrella Academy. The show by Steve Blackman features Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Ellen Page, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher and Emmy Raver-Lampman as members of the Hargreeves family. The plot of the show will center around the Monocle, the head of the Hargreeves family, as he prepares his adopted kids to save the world. The show is set in 1977 in an alternate reality where Kennedy wasn't assassinated. The comic book's writer Gerard Way is set to executive produce the upcoming superhero show which will be released sometime in 2018.
Another long in development series has been HBO's Watchmen adaptation. Based on DC Comics, the Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons graphic novel revolves around lives of the superheroes and the weight of their dual identities as civilians and masked vigilantes. The much acclaimed graphic novel was adapted by Zack Snyder as a feature film in 2009 to mixed reviews. Since then, there had been talks about it potentially being adapted as a HBO TV series with Zack Snyder being linked to the TV version as well. However, in June 2017, it was announced that The Leftovers show runner Damon Lindelof was developing the series for HBO. The pilot for the series has been greenlit and while there's no word when the series will begin production, Watchmen could potentially be a huge hit for DC comics.
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