The Full List of Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows On the Air or In Development

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    • The Full List of Live-Action Comic Book TV Shows On the Air or In Development

      After the success of comic-to-TV shows like The Walking Dead, Gotham, The Flash and Arrow, television viewers should get used to seeing networks try to duplicate
      the success by bringing comic characters to the small screen.

      With several series announced in the last couple weeks alone, and others on their way to pilot — or even going straight to series — Newsarama pulled together an updated list of live action comic book TV series which have been announced within the last year or so:



      CURRENT SHOWS



      The Walking Dead

      Season: Five

      Network: AMC

      Airs: Sunday, 9pm

      Season: 5 (Expected back from mid-season hiatus on Feb. 8, 2015)

      Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, more.

      Comic Published By: Image Comics, Skybound imprint


      The Walking Dead, the hit series set in the zombie apocalypse, just had its highest-rated midseason finale ever, adding to the series' already record-breaking success. The show is not only retaining viewers midway through its fifth year on television, but continues adding viewers — this season is enjoying a 13 percent ratings boost from last year. Of course, AMC is betting on the success of the Walking Dead franchise, as it's developing a spin-off series for 2015 (see below).



      Gotham

      Season: One (Premiered September 2014)

      Network: Fox

      Airs: Monday, 8pm

      Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, many more.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by DC Comics


      Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the series serves as a "prequel" of sorts to Batman, telling the story of Gotham City before
      there it had its a Caped Crusader. The first episode depicted young Bruce Wayne's parents being killed and the case getting assigned to rookie cop Jim Gordon. Since then, viewers have been treated to origin stories for well-known Gotham gangsters and villains like Catwoman and Penguin, as well as early stories of Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon and, of course, a young Bruce Wayne.



      The Flash

      Season: One (Premiered October 2014)

      Network: The CW

      Airs: Tuesday, 8pm

      Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin.

      Comic Published By: DC Comics


      A young Barry Allen stars in the new CW series, which tells the story of the Flash's origins. The lead character is a forensic scientist, and after gaining super speed after an accident, he uses his powers to protect Central City from crime. The show just had a huge ratings success thanks to a crossover with CW's other superhero show, Arrow. The two-part crossover brought in record ratings for both shows, leading many to speculate about crossovers between other DC-themed TV shows.



      Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      Season: Two

      Network: ABC

      Airs: Tuesday, 9pm

      Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      Based within the same world as Marvel's cinematic universe, the show is in the midst of an alien-focused story that many speculate is introducing concepts for the upcoming movie, The Inhumans. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. was, for the most part, destroyed by the end of last year's finale (and within Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the TV show's current season is depicting the rebuilding of the organization under the leadership of Agent Coulson (Gregg). This year's season premiere had lower ratings than last year's series kick-off, more recent episodes have gained momentum — something ABC is banking on, as it launches Agent Carter during the Agents of midseason hiatus (see below).



      Arrow

      Season: Three

      Network: The CW

      Airs: Wednesday, 8pm

      Stars: Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, new series regular John Barrowman, and more.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and Concepts by DC Comics


      Now on its third season, Arrow just reached a series high in ratings thanks to the aforementioned crossover with CW's other superhero show, The Flash. Depicting the archer Green Arrow from DC Comics, the show is not tied to the DC cinematic universe being developed by Warner Bros., but it's already featured dozens of other DC heroes and villains in its three seasons, and its success led to the spin-off Flash series.



      Constantine

      Season: One (Premiered October 2014)

      Network: NBC

      Airs: Friday, 10pm

      Stars: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau, and more.

      Comic Published By: DC Comics


      The supernatural series features John Constantine, DC's wisecracking, British demon hunter and master of the dark arts. Launching in the already difficult Friday-night-at-10 time slot, the series has struggled to find an audience. By the end of November, NBC had shut down production after 13 episodes, although cancellation wasn't official and there could still be a second season. It also puts into question the hope for other DC supernatural characters spinning out of the show (such as Doctor Fate, whose helmet was in Constantine's pilot).



      The Strain

      Season: One (finished), renewed for second season next year

      Network: FX

      Airs: Sunday, 10pmPremiere Date: July 13, 2014

      Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, many more.

      Comic Published By: Dark Horse Comics


      While it's not a pure comic-to-TV adaptation, since The Strain was first a novel, there's a Dark Horse comic based on the vampire tale. The Strain,
      which was first a popular trilogy of novels, tells the story of a doctor with the Center for Disease Control who discovers a viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. A second season was announced soon after the first's conclusion in October.



      Marvel’s Agent Carter

      Season: One (premiere January 6, 2015)

      Network: ABC

      Airs: Tuesday, 9pmPremiere Date: None Yet, will air first season during the mid-season break of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      Stars: Hayley Atwell.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      The character of Peggy Carter, who debuted in Captain American, is at the center of this series, her story picking up after Cap is assumed dead in 1946.
      According to the cinematic universe, Peggy Carter was one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. — an unusual role for a woman back in the '40s — so the series also ties into Marvel's Agents of show on ABC and will replace it on Tuesday nights during its midseason hiatus.



      iZombie

      Season: One

      Network: The CW

      Airs: To be determined — expected midseason/winter 2015

      Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Steven Weber.

      Comic Published By: DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint


      Another female-helmed show to join Agent Carter early next year, I, Zombie stars Rose McIver as Liv, a "high-functioning" zombie that lives secretly among humans and takes a job with the medical examiner so she can feed on human brains. Although that might not seem like a superhero story at first glance, Liv absorbs the memories from each brain she ingests, and with murdered folks among them, she ends up using her powers and immortality to solve crimes and save lives.



      CONFIRMED SERIES



      Supergirl

      Status: Series ordered, currently casting

      Network: CBS

      Publisher: DC Comics


      The series, which is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow and The Flash), alongside Ali Adler and Sarah Schechter, went straight to series commitment at CBS. According to information released so far, the series will have Kara Zor-El "Danvers" living on Earth for several years, adopted by the Danvers family, hiding her powers, but now ready to step up and be a hero, following in her cousin's footsteps. WB TV and Berlanti Productions have started casting and have so far announced the following TV characters: Supergirl, her adoptive sister Alexandra, Cat Grant, photographer Jimmy Olsen, tech wiz Winslow Schott, and DEO bigwig
      Hank Henshaw — many names familiar to Superman fans.



      Powers

      Status: Confirmed for winter 2015

      Network: PlayStation Network

      Stars: Sharito Copley, Susan Heyward, and Michelle Forbes

      Comic Published By: Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint (previously Image Comics)


      Powers is attempting to break new ground by launching an original series the way Netflix and Amazon have done. Sony is hoping Powers will help sell $50-per-year PlayStation Plus memberships, which will include access to the show's episodes (as well as free games, discounts and other benefits). Based on the gritty comic of the same name, Powers follows a group of police detectives who investigate super-powered crimes and will be aimed at adult audiences.



      Daredevil

      Status: Series confirmed for 2015

      Network: Netflix

      Stars: Charlie Cox.

      Comic Published By: Marvel Comics


      The first of four exclusive Marvel series that will debut on Netflix, the show tells the story of a superhero who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.



      Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones

      Status: Series confirmed

      Network: Netflix

      Stars: Krysten Ritter.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      Jessica Jones is a superhero-turned-private eye, and her show will be the second of four Marvel-based series on Netflix (after the debut of Daredevil and before the later introduction of shows focused on Iron Fist and Luke Cage). The four heroes will be part of the same universe and will eventually come together for a crossover mini-series titled The Defenders.



      Iron Fist

      Status: Series confirmed

      Network: Netflix

      Stars: None Yet.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      Although it's expected that Iron Fist's show will focus on the same New York streets as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the Marvel comics character is a martial arts expert who learned his skills and attained his superhuman energy in another dimension called K'un-L'un. Whatever the official description of the show ends up being,
      the Iron Fist character will eventually be part of The Defenders mini-series.



      Luke Cage

      Status: Series confirmed

      Network: Netflix

      Stars: None confirmed, but reports put Michael Colter in the lead role.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      Based in the same New York-centered universe as the other three Netflix series, Luke Cage is rumored to be appearing in several episodes of Jessica Jones before his own show kicks off.



      Marvel’s The Defenders

      Status: Series confirmed

      Network: Netflix

      Stars: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, More.

      Comic Published By: Based on characters and concepts by Marvel Comics


      The culmination of the previous four solo series, The Defenders will bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for an Avengers-style team-up in a shorter mini-series on Netflix.



      PILOT STAGE



      Titans :love:

      Status: Pilot ordered :love:

      Network: TNT

      Publisher: Based on characters from DC Comics


      This unusual team live action show will start shooting "next year," according to a Twitter confirmation from Geoff Johns, the comics-writer-turned-DCE-executive who's behind much of the recent DC-to-TV activity. The team will be young adults — not "Teen" Titans — and would focus on a Dick Grayson who has shed his former Robin alter ego to become Nightwing. Word is that Starfire and Raven will join Nightwing on the show (which is nice to hear, since previous TV plans for both Grayson and Raven were scrapped).



      Cobalt (tentatively titled The Walking Dead spin-off)

      Status: Pilot ordered

      Network: AMC

      Stars: Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey

      Comic Published By: Based on concepts from Image Comics’ Skybound Imprint


      Taking place in the same outbreak as The Walking Dead (but in a different location), Cobalt will include the following characters: a divorced male teacher
      (Curtis), a female guidance counselor, her "rebellious" son (Dillane) and her "ambitious" daughter (Carey). Current producers and writers involved with the first show are working on the second, and if it gets the expected series order, it'll probably debut next year, alongside season six of The Walking Dead.



      Riverdale

      Status: Pilot ordered

      Network: Fox

      Publisher: Based on characters and concepts from Archie Comics


      The drama series will star high school students Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the whole Riverdale gang and is being developed by Warner Bros. TV with Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash). Although Archie is best known as an all ages comic, the TV show's description reveals that the series is more aimed toward teens, exploring "the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade."



      Outcast

      Status: Pilot ordered

      Network: Cinemax

      Stars: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Gabriel Bateman

      Publisher: Image Comics’ Skybound Imprint


      According to the official description, Fugit plays Kyle Barnes, a young man who's been plagued by possession since he was a child. When he searches for answers, he uncovers something that threatens humanity. The comic wasn't even released when Cinemax grabbed the rights to the TV show. Kirkman is writing the pilot and producing with David Alpert of Circle of Confusion and others. Adam Wingard has been tapped to direct the pilot.



      Preacher

      Status: Pilot ordered :love:

      Network: AMC

      Publisher: DC Comics’ Vertigo Imprint


      Based on the gritty series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is finally heading to pilot. The fan-favorite series has been elusive for TV and film development, but the project is finally moving forward, according to reports this week. Writers and executive producers Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg are developing for AMC, as the network looks to follow up on their comic-book-turned-hit-TV-series The Walking Dead. Breaking Bad 's Sam Catlin has been announced as showrunner, and Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon as executive producers.



      Lucifer

      Status: Pilot ordered :love:

      Network: Fox

      Publisher: DC Comics' Vertigo Imprint


      Fox has committed to a pilot for this drama series, with Californication creator/executive producer Tom Kapinos attached. Lucifer Morningstar is a character from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series that became hugely popular in his own spin-off series by Mike Carey. According to reports, the series focuses on a Lucifer who is
      "bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell," who "resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux."



      Global Frequency

      Status: Pilot ordered

      Network: Fox

      Publisher: DC Comics' now-defunct WildStorm Imprint


      Another pilot commitment from Fox, this time with a Warren Ellis series that already had a (different) pilot declined by The WB. Fox is
      bringing in a pair of veterans of action and genre to try to finally make it work. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape) writing the pilot. Warren Ellis is also executive producing. (It's also worth noting that O’Bannon is a writer on Constantine.)



      IN DEVELOPMENT



      Krypton

      Status: In development (as of this month)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: Based on characters and concepts by DC Comics


      Reported this week by The Hollywood Reporter (an announcement that was retweeted by DCE executive Geoff Johns, which amounts to an official confirmation), Krypton follows the Man of Steel's grandfather as he "brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth
      to the greatest hero ever known." David Goyer (who's also doing Constantine and is involved in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) is executive producer along with Ian Goldberg, who's writing the screenplay.

      Five Ghosts

      Status: In development (as of October 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: Image Comics


      Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's series turns the treasure-hunting trope on its head with a supernatural twist - Fabian Gray can access the ghosts (and their respective skills) of a famous Archer, Detective, Wizard, Samurai, and Vampire from out of literary history (you can probably make the connections yourself. Genre
      veteran Evan Daugherty is writing the pilot, and will EP alongside Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of BenderSpink.



      Unnamed character

      Status: In development (as of October 2014)

      Network: The CW

      Publisher: Based on characters and concepts by DC Comics


      Executives at DC, The CW, and Warner Bros. are said to be eyeing a third character to lead another show. “There are discussions going on,” Mark Pedowitz, the president of The CW, said in an interview with Buzzfeed, “but I can’t tell you what they are.” Early guesses Ray Palmer/the Atom (who's playing a role in Arrow,
      Hourman (who's previously announced show is still on this list .. barely — see below), or even Booster Gold (who was recently mentioned by Johns as a possible character to appear on The Flash).



      Pax Romana

      Status: In development (as of summer 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: Image Comics


      David Alpert of Circle of Confusion is producing this Jonathan Hickman comic TV series, with writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia penning the pilot. The series follows a modern Special Forces unit traveling in time to ancient Rome to prevent World War III.




      Clone

      Status: In development (as of summer 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: Image Comics’ Skybound Imprint


      And more Skybound, and yes, this is being produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. Joining them is the writer of the comic book, David Schulner, who is also producing and is writing the pilot. The story centers on a man discovering a burglar in his home, who just so happens to be a clone of himself. Things quickly escalate with multiple clones, a deeper conspiracy, and the threat of impending death.

      Ronin

      Status: In development (as of spring 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: DC Comics


      Last heard about in April, Frank Miller's DC series Ronin is being developed as a mini-series at Syfy, with Warner Horizon Television and DC Entertainment. The show takes place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. He awakens in modern day New York, in the body of a medical experiment named Billy, and must face the demon again and control the magical sword they both seek.



      Letter 44

      Status: In development (as of spring 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: Oni Press


      Based on a comic book by Charles Soule, the series revolves around a newly-elected president, Stephen Blades, who learns of a secret mission for first contact that was launched by his predecessor and is about to end. Jonathan Mostow of Terminator 3 will write, executive produce, and direct the pilot. Eric Gitter of Scott Pilgrim is also producing.



      Scalped

      Status: In development (as of spring 2014)

      Network: WGN America

      Publisher: DC Comics’ Vertigo Imprint


      Based on Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s 60-issue comic, the show is described as a crime noir set on a Native American reservation. Doug Jung (Banshee) is writing the pilot and executive producing for Warner Horizon Television.



      DMZ

      Status: In development (as of February 2014)

      Network: Syfy

      Publisher: DC Comics' Vertigo Imprint


      Announced in February, DMZ is based on another DC/Vertigo comic (and this grittier corner of DC's pantheon seem to be getting a lot of attention from TV these days, probably because of the success of The Walking Dead). Created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, DMZ tells the story of a near-future New York City that's been isolated as a demilitarized zone in the wake of a civil war. Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men) are writing the pilot with David Heyman (Gravity) producing for Warner Horizon TV.



      Thief of Thieves

      Status: Unknown (announced fall 2013)

      Network: AMC

      Publisher: Image Comics’ Skybound Imprint


      Robert Kirkman is producing alongside David Alpert of Circle of Confusion. The show is based on a comic Kirkman developed and leads already in a TV series style, bringing in writers to tell an arc at a time. It centers on a master thief who only steals from other thieves.



      Hourman

      Status: Unknown (announced fall 2013)

      Network: The CW

      Publisher: DC Comics


      This one hasn’t been talked about since the initial development announcement in November 2013, but it hasn’t publicly been killed either. So while it’s very likely dead, we’ll keep it here until that’s confirmed. According to reports, the TV show's version of Hourman can see into the future, one hour at a time, and tries to prevent anything bad he sees in his vision from coming to pass. Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) is writing/wrote the pilot, and is executive producing with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz.

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