The superhero genre itself expanding each year, with several live-action and animated DC shows airing, tv has become a powerful outlet for new and exciting content for DC. In 2018, there are several new and returning DC programs to look forward to. So let’s explore the new shows coming to the various networks and streaming services this year.
Black Lightning is the latest and most highly anticipated new series on the CW. It’s premiere on the CW was the highest in over 2 years. With Cress Williams in the title role of Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce, this take on the character begins after Jefferson has given up being Black Lightning. To protect his family from the dangers that come with being a superhero, Jefferson gave up the mantle and continued his life as a civilian. After nine years of retirement, he is forced to return when a gang known as The 100 threaten his family and his hometown.
Much like Supergirl initially, this show is in its own world outside of the other CW DC shows such as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The show was originally pitched to Fox and the show runners were aiming for a more mature audience and darker storytelling than what is commonly seen in CW DCTV. The show explores more serious themes such as gang violence, racial profiling, and LGBT issues. Black Lightning aims to stand out from other superhero shows by telling relatable stories that the worldwide audience can gravitate towards. It is definitely one of the more important television shows to come out in 2018.
The next DC show on the horizon is the SyFy original series, Krypton. Originally pitched back in 2014 by Man of Steel screenwriter Davis S. Goyer, Krypton tells the story of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe. Seg-El is trying to restore the good name of the House of El, while also preventing some unknown event told to him by the DC time-traveler and superhero Adam Strange. With so much at stake — including the future of the House of El, the inevitable destruction of Krypton, and the very fate of the future itself — can the grandfather of the Man of Steel ultimately save the day and the world?
While original promo material for the show had teased a connection to the DCEU by adopting both the style and the iconic S-Shield from Man of Steel, the show seems to have ultimately changed the look of Krypton as well as the design of the symbol of the House of El to be more of a mixture of the classic symbol with the one from the DCEU. The show will not share a timeline with Man of Steel. However, with a blank canvas to work from and a slew of DC characters set to appear in the future, Krypton looks like a new and exciting addition to the already successful group of shows from DC and Warner Bros.
Next on the DCTV slate is one of the new programs set to air on DC’s upcoming streaming service; a series many fans have been anxiously waiting for — Titans. Not much is known about the main plot or where its place in the DCU, but with a cast full of up-and-coming actors, as well as a DC alum in Alan Ritchson (who previously portrayed Aquaman in the CW’S Smallville), Titans is shaking up to be an exciting take on one of DC’s most popular superhero teams.
The line-up of characters is very similar to that of the original Teen Titans animated series, and fans have been waiting to see these heroes portrayed in live-action. With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Brenton Thwaites starring as team leader Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagon Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan/Beast Boy, and Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove respectively, Titans thus far looks to be a faithful adaptation of one of DC’s most successful teams. A release date has yet to be confirmed, but fans eagerly anticipate new details about this show as well as more information on DC’s unnamed streaming service, set to debut this year.
Now last but certainly not least is a show that fans have fought to be revived for years. After many campaigns, Twitter hashtags, and communities of fans coming together to binge the show on Netflix, Young Justice finally returns for a third season. After being cancelled on Cartoon Network in early 2013 at the end of its second season, Young Justice developed one of the most vocal and passionate fanbases ever to be seen in the scope of DC Comics history. But it wasn’t until the second season dropped on Netflix in 2016 to very high numbers that the producers and DC took a second look at the show and where it stood.
When the decision was made to revive Young Justice, Cartoon Network was not the place for it, as it was already having its own success with another young superhero show in Teen Titans GO! So Young Justice, along with Titans, were announced as a part of DC’s new streaming service. Since the announcement of the show’s revival fans have been eager to hear any sort of details regarding the new season, subtitled “Outsiders”, and their patience has been rewarded. At San Diego Comic Con 2017, the producers of the show, Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman, shared some details and first looks of the characters for the upcoming season. The will be a time jump, similar to seasons one and two, and will have new and old characters leading the team. The roster features Static, Beast Boy, Robin (Tim Drake), Arsenal, Kid Flash (Bart Allen), Wonder Girl, and Blue Beetle, as well as new characters Arrowette, Spoiler, and Thirteen. Set to debut in the back half of 2018, Young Justice: Outsiders is one of the most anticipated DC properties of this year.
So with all of these new and returning DC television programs airing this year, which one are you looking forward to the most? With several options it’s hard not to find something that suits your taste as a comic book fan.