Connor Hawke made his fist appearance in the DCTV Universe this week, and I am most impressed. I wonder if Oliver will be his Father, or if the mantle of Arrow is held by a group of people in Star City. No matter what, we get a Connor Hawke! We also get an older Ollie…
So there I was, again, searching through random image on Google when I came up with the idea to do a post about the WORST attempts at live action Superhero shows ever. Well, I found several lists along with images and the world has enough negative posts about everything.
I decided to post a few images of, what I feel to be, the best executions of superhero(ish) characters to make it to the small screen. I won’t list (Green) Arrow, the Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or the bad-assness of Dare Devil, since they all go without saying that they are some of the best shows to date based on comic book material. So without further ado I bring you, in no particular order, my favorite heroes that can be found on television.
Justin Hartleys Green Arrow and Michael Shanks Hawkman Smallville Justice League episode
Tarzan was always a favorite show of mine in the early 1970’s.
Tw of the best heroes ever, Mr. Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor and Liz Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith 🙂
Doctor Fate (Brent Stait) and Stargirl (Britt Irvin) Smallville Justice League episode
Guy Williams as Zorro!
I still love this show.
Rex Smith played Daredevil in the late 80’s. Recognise the suit?
My first crush. ^_^
Super Spies rank right up there as well. Wild, Wild West.
Yes. This is going to be a great show. Trust me.
The Power of Isis
Ultraman! The show responsible for my ultra geekness!
Xena. Nuff Said.
Hayley Atwell in Agent Carter (2015)
Beastmaster was an okay show.
The Monster Squad was another favorite. Supernatural Superheroes.
This fits the spirit of the superhero show.
Campy, yes, but still a fun show to enjoy OR make fun of.
Man From Atlantis from 1977
The Kato show… oh I mean the Green Hornet 😉
Before Reeve there was Reeves.
Still a classic.
I don’t remember much about this show, except that it impressed me when I was in the sixth grade.
The Flash finale on the CW network hit ALL of the right buttons. This was the fledgling show’s opening swing and it hit home-run after home-run. Ever since Grant Gustin’s (@grantgust ) introduction as Barry Allen, on the Arrow, I’ve been excited about this show. It works. The inclusion of John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp), the original Flash from the 1990’s, as Barry’s father is one of many nods to the past. Not only the old show received the hat tip, the comics were heavily referenced. The Flash is a love letter to the character’s fan base and an open door with flashing welcome sign to those who know next to nothing about him.
You don’t have to watch each episode to enjoy them either. Unlike some shows, if you can keep up at any point then you are along for the fun ride. It has a very Babylon 5 vibe to the way the stories are set up and is quite possibly THE best live action show I’ve seen on TV… ever. This is coming from a Trekker/Trekkie and hardcore Marvel fan.
WB needs to see how this show is built and rethink their humorless dick policy for their theatrical releases. Barry doesn’t take everything to seriously. He cracks wise and a smile quite often.
If you want to be entertained at a fast pace, do yourself a favor and watch the first season of The Flash. Head over to read Rob Bricken’s take on io9:
It may just be me but I feel like everything has been leveraged to the hilt and over merchandised. I am not complaining… OK maybe I am just a bit, but I come from the tail end of an era that had very little official merchandising. You had some Cartoon & TV stuff and some random Superhero stuff, then STAR WARS came out and changed the whole game. It was still not very little in the beginning compared to the early 90’s, so it left us hungry for more. We had to wait for more, and wait we did. Our patients was paid off after a time. Now I feel like we are drowning in a corporate landslide of cheap junk.
I love the movies, the shows, cartoons. comics, and some games. As far as anything else, I just can’t bring myself to buy into it. I prefer vintage items that I love to collect as well as sell. When this stuff is vintage there will be no market for any of it because of the sheer mass quantity that they are producing.
Well if you are a kid then this is a great time for you! If you are a parent or an overly impulsive nerd who has to collect everything and the variants… time to get another job or win the lottery.
So, what do we have here? Well, Stephen Amell is his normal smiling self, and why shouldn’t he be? Then we have a blonde Katie Cassidy. Interesting. Maybe she believe blondes have more fun or, in the case of her sister, they kick more ass. The biggest part that we take away from the behind the scenes from season three is that Paul Blackthorne is back. Not only is he back but his character has been promoted to Captain. The Captains bars told me that this wasn’t a flashback episode, which can feature actors that have been “killed off” since the first episode.
So this will be a pre-teen Bruce Wayne from the sounds of it and it will still just be another “Cop show” with the exception that this one will focus on James Gordon in Gotham city. Unless they add some of the legacy heroes from DC’s past (post Crisis on Infinite Earths – retconned history) I can’t imagine how this will be that interesting. Also, setting the series in the past will exclude any possible tie-ins with Arrow or the upcoming Flash.
So we are a few weeks into the new series which airs each Tuesday night. The first week was strong and the second with action packed but with an added dose of Nick Fury. There is Agent Coulson’s ongoing mystery as to his recuperation from being, well, dead and that is highlighted by some of his field skills being “rusty”. Still a pretty good show.
As of this third episode, however, the only thing tying the program to the Marvel universe is Clark Gregg. If he were not a part of this show then I wouldn’t know that it occupies the same universe as the Avengers and that is a bad thing. I am a die-hard Marvel and DC comics fan (yes Arrow is back tonight on the CW!) so I will support this show with every fiber of my being since it is pretty good. That being said, as an hour long action/drama program it would be on my “I’d watch it if there wasn’t something better on” list if it wasn’t Marvel. Bring in more Super Beings! Showcase some of the B-List heroes. Marvel doesn’t apologize for super powers it their movies so let’s not tip-toe around them on the small screen. This would be a perfect place to introduce Heroes For Hire and test the waters for spin-offs or whatever. Bring the heat, Marvel!