Peggy Carter, the plucky heroine of Marvel's short film Agent Carter, is getting her own series. Talk of a possible Agent Carter TV show has been rumbling around ever since the character's live-action debut in Captain America: The First Avenger and her subsequent solo adventure, but things were made official today with ABC picking up the property for a series order. The past couple of days have been huge for superheroes on television - this week alone saw pickups for Gotham, The Flash, and Agent Carter by different networks - so to help you decide which comic book crusader to catch on the small screen next year, we've outlined all of the upcoming superhero television series currently hurtling their way to your television sets.
Agent CarterPremiere Date: There's no official word, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will likely be used as a "bridge" during the second season hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That would put the premiere date around Spring/Summer 2015.What It's About: Based on the Agent Carter one shot, the series will focus on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she begins her legendary career as a spy and works to form the intelligence agency, S.H.I.E.L.D.Will it Be Good? The original one shot was an incredibly fun romp, and the upcoming series already has an impressive cast forming (Atwell is confirmed to star, and Dominic Cooper will possibly reprise his role as Howard Stark). Agent Carter will also likely be able to side step the pitfalls of its sister program, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., since it doesn't have to align as slavishly to the continuity of Marvel's cinematic output. Plus, the show will be run by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, who have proven themselves capable of delivering fun, episodic television from their work on the wonderful, yet sadly short-lived Reaper. We do have some doubts, given ABC's handling of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Agent Carter looks to be in good shape.
The FlashPremiere Date: Fall 2014What It's About: A spin-off of the CW's wildly sucessful Arrow, The Flash will focus on Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a costumed crimefighter who gains super-speed after being caught in a chemical explosion at S.T.A.R. labs.Will It Be Good? The CW has proven themselves to be quite adept at creating compelling superhero TV. After some early missteps, Arrow has blossomed into a fun, rollicking hour of television with the right mix of action and melodrama. Given that it's a spin-off, the series already has an established universe to take plots, the scarlet speedster should be in capable hands.
GothamPremiere Date: Fall 2014What It's About: Gotham will serve as an origin story for the entire Batman universe. The series will center on a young Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) during his first couple of years on the Gotham police force, while also exploring the humble beginnings of several classic Batman characters, including Penguin, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler and of course, a young Bruce Wayne.Will It Be Good? Creating a series centered on Batman's city sans Batman is decidedly risky, but there's a lot to like in what we've seen of the series so far. Gotham's first trailer is decidedly moody and the actual depiction of Gotham City - a dark and sprawling metropolis with a ton of secrets hidden in every alleyway - looks just about right, but all the child versions of Batman's iconic rogues gallery does give us pause. It might also suffer from the same problems that have plagued Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's rocky first season, namely being set in a comic book universe without all the cool comic book characters. If the series can weave a compelling and original narrative with the Batman mythos, then we won't miss the caped crusader all that much.
The Netflix Series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The DefendersPremiere Dates: Sometime in 2015, beginning with Daredevil.What It's About: Netflix is strengthening its original programming output with four original series based on Marvel comics properties. They'll focus on Daredevil, a blind crimefighter with heightened senses; Jessica Jones, a super-powered private investigator; Luke Cage, a super-powered and near-invulnerable hero for hire and Iron Fist, a martial artist endowed with mystical abilities. Finally, all four heroes will come together in The Defenders, an epic mini-series event.Will It Be Good? Much of Netflix's original programming thus far has been pretty great, so it would seem that the streaming service is dedicated to delivering quality material. Also, writer Drew Goddard will serve as showrunner on Daredevil. Goddard has quite an impressive resume, with writing credits on Cloverfield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, Angel, and World War Z, not to mention his work directing Cabin in the Woods. Things are looking good for Marvel and Netflix.
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It seems that Marvel has hit the ground running with its four upcoming Netflix series. Hot off the news that Drew Goddard has been approached to write and produce Daredevil, Marvel has also approached Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg to write and produce its Jessica Jones series. Now before the pitchforks are brandished and several villages are burned to the ground by the comic book fans who are instantly turned off by the Twilight brand, Rosenberg has had a wealth of experience in television and film beyond the realm of sparkly vampires. It should also be noted that the writer was involved with ABC's now defunct attempt to bring Jessica Jones to the small screen, AKA Jessica Jones, so she has experience with the character. It also helps that a woman is writing a series that finally features a female superhero, something which the cinematic Marvel universe has been in serious need of.
In the comics, Jessica Jones is a costumed superhero/private investigator that has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Daredevil and Spider-Man. She is romantically involved with fellow superhero Luke Cage, who will also be getting his own Netflix series in the coming years. The character was introduced in the critically acclaimed comic book series Alias, a book that many consider to be a landmark title in comic book history.
Hopefully, Rosenberg is as up for the task as her résumé leads us to believe. Her previous work includes writing for the early seasons of Dexter (the good ones) and a number of episodes for strong, clever shows like The O.C. and Ally Mcbeal, both of which feature some strong female characters and a fun amount of wit that every comic book series needs.
This news coupled with Goddard's Daredevil signing shows that the Marvel brass is doing its best to select the perfect creator to write and produce each one of their series. The comic giant has found success in allowing its creatives to steer the ship on their projects. Marvel's key to success is in the way that its characters feel distinctive in their solo outings. Just as each individual comic book series has its own writer and penciler to fill in and color the world with their own sensibilities, Marvel has let the writers and directors of their films put their own style and influence into each film. Kenneth Brannagh was allowed to give Thor a nice helping of Shakespearian gravitas and tragedy that made the God of Thunder feel mythic. Joss Whedon put his trademark wit into the mouths of The Avengers, which helped each member of the team shine. James Gunn and Edgar Wright, who are directing Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man respectively, also stand to give each film their own individual touch that will fit in and highlight the best parts of the properties' characters. Most importantly, Marvel is choosing writers and directors that fans feel safe entrusting their beloved characters to. Hopefully, their winning streak continues when Jessica Jones hits Netfix's streaming service.
A lighthearted Western about a pair of notorious outlaws who take the governor's offer of amnesty, offered through a lawman friend, if they'll bring in a vicious desperado and his gang -- and then discover that their amnesty has other strings attached. A series of the same name with Deuel and Murphy followed, beginning several weeks after the initial showing of this film and continuing through early January 1973. When actor Deuel committed suicide in mid-1972, Roger Davis was brought in to replace him.