With success of Arrow spinning off The Flash into a huge hit series, it was only natural for networks (Including The CW) to look into the DC Universe for their next hit series. Unlike the MCU, DC Comics and their parent company Warner Bros. said their movies and TV series will not crossover. In layman’s terms, separate stories for film and TV. This leaves the opportunity for a whole array of characters to hit the networks (hopefully The CW) or streaming services. New TV pilots including Titans and Supergirl are on the way and we’ve heard big rumblings about an ATOM series with Brandon Routh coming from the Mothership. Those are all great ideas, but I have four new DC based series that I think would be huge hits.
Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Stein’s alter ego Firestorm has been the highlight of The Flash its freshman season. The effects have looked great and the mysterious figure has made for some intriguing story telling. Why not pair Robbie Amell and Victor Garber together in a totally odd couple superhero show. The eccentric scientist and the pizza loving Ronnie would make for some great laughs while also lighting a fire under the evil in this world. I know the focus has been on an ATOM spinoff, but Firestorm has been the breakout character on The CW this television season. If not his own show, lets find a way to make Firestorm full-time on The Flash or Arrow.
In the world of Superheroes on TV, diversity is lacking. Let’s face it, all of our main heroes on the tube are white. Why not introduce Vic Stone AKA Cyborg for our African-American youth to cheer for that resembles the person they see in the mirror.Well despite on the robotic limbs and eyeball. You can have some with this series. Imagine The Six Million Dollar Man meets The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with witty and wild action as Vic learns to manage his cybernetic enhancements. Rumor has it Cyborg will not be a part of the new Titans series based on Nightwing forming the Teen Titans. Plus Victor’s initial accident happens at S.T.A.R. Labs, which would fit nicely into The Flash.
How cool would it be to have a comic book adapted TV series not based on the hero, but one of the villains of the DC Universe. John Barrowman has been the star of Arrow this season in my opinion and we need to see more of his Malcolm Merlyn on TV each week. There are a ton of options with the Arrow nemesis. You could have Merlyn leave Starling City to become an evil globe-trotting mastermind wreaking havoc across world. Another option would be the Better Call Saul route and have flashbacks to Merlyn’s days with The League of Assassins. No matter how you play it, Barrowman has the leading man charm to win over the audience as the villain we love to root for.
I’m not going to lie. I mostly want to see this series come to life so there is a beautiful dark-haired woman wearing that sexy pants-less magician outfit every week on The CW. The sex appeal would drive nerds crazy, but it would also tap into the fastest growing readers of comics. Women! Zatanna would cast her spell over audiences and use her magic to increase the ratings. Don’t underestimate the magic factor. You could have some very cool effects and Zatanna was one of the few people to take the upper hand with Superman with her magic. That’s an impressive resume. I know she was rumored to be on Constantine, but that show will limp into a second season if it’s lucky. Hopefully the peacock lowers the boom on that dud of a show so Zatanna and maybe other heroes like Doctor Fate or Swamp Thing could show up on The CW.