The Superhero Genre in Danger of Being Overexposed on TV
Don’t get me wrong, I love the superhero/comic book genre on film and TV but I think that this particular well is starting to be truly tapped out. It seems that every network is getting on this super hero bandwagon much like when networks tried to scramble and get the next Friends on the air. When that show became a runaway hit, many networks picked up shows of similar ilk but most were quickly cancelled. Same went when ER became a hit, we got medical dramas up the wazoo. The TV landscape today is filled with tons of procedurals and now we get the procedural with the quirky detective (ex – Castle, Forever, Elementary, The Mentalist). When True Blood became a hit and The Twilight Saga making tons of money on the big screen, lets bring on more shows featuring vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures ( ex – The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Grimm, Supernatural, Bitten) I could go on and on about how networks whether broadcast or cable want to capitalize on something that is hot right now and what is the current IT thing well it is superheroes.
A superhero show, not too long ago, wasn’t something networks were clamoring to get on the air. Shows like that were deemed to be a bit cheesy or ridiculous. I mean would you watch a show that features a man in tights (i.e. Superman or Batman) or a woman in pretty much a bikini (i.e. Wonder Woman). We had superhero shows on TV but not quite the influx we have now. Case in point, right now there are 5 superhero/comic book based TV shows on the air right now: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Coming soon is Constantine, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Daredevil and DC Comic’s iZombie. Also on tap are three more Marvel based TV shows on Netflix. If we cast back 10 years ago, the only superhero show on the air was my beloved Smallville. I am excited to see all of the show listed (except for maybe iZombie) so don’t get me wrong if you think I am not enthused
So in the past few weeks, news has come that we are going to get a Supergirl tv show. I am down with that idea as it would be a show that takes place in the Superman universe and it is a world that I love. The show will be different from the Kara that we got in Smallville, which is too bad as I would love for it to be in the same one as it would give me hope to see Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprise their roles as Clark and Lois. But that being said, it is still possible that Clark and Lois could appear but played by different actors.
But really prompted me to write this op-ed is the fact that now word comes via eOnline that there is going to be an X-Men TV show. Am I excited for this? Not really. It think this would just be too much and plus I think the X-Men franchise is getting a bit long in the tooth and maybe should go away for a while before we should consider a TV show.
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