Monday, August 21st, 2017 by Gina Thompson
If you’re not a fan of reality TV, chances are that you might prefer your stories with a much cleaner divide between good and evil. If you hadn’t guessed already, we’re talking about super heroes: straight from the pages of novels and comic books, they’ve been coming to life on the small screen thanks to CGI and a broader market of television networks.
While it’s hard to say no to an action-packed blockbuster at your local cinema, a TV series gives us enough time to get to know the characters and in many cases, see them get to know each other. So while you’re getting your latest fix of Game of Thrones or Preacher, we’ve scoured the internet for all the latest news of superheroes to bring you a choice selection of shows that you should definitely add to your “to watch” list!
Marvel’s The Defenders
Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of Netflix Originals focusing on (mostly) solo heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now, all four of these heroes will join forces in the much anticipated battle against The Hand, the organisation of supervillians that first reared its ugly head in Daredevil, then again in Iron Fist.
Start watching now on Netflix.
Marvel’s The Punisher
For those that like their superhero shows with darker overtones, a full series for Marvel’s The Punisher is also coming to Netflix later in 2017. Although the series won’t be rated R 18+, the MA 15+ rating is a clear indication that we can expect a lot of grit and violent mayhem as Frank Castle (portrayed by Jon Bernthal) fights crime with any means necessary after the murder of his family.
Coming in November 2017 on Netflix.
There’s nothing more super-powered than an actual deity. Fans of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling novel of the same name will be thrilled to hear that American Gods has been confirmed for a second season. In this weird and gripping tale, a man by the name of Shadow Moon finds himself thrust into a conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods. When you bring an intricate set of politics and a history spanning millennia into the mix, building up to a battle for the ages is a lot more complicated than you might think!
Season two is coming in 2018. Season one is available now on Amazon Prime Video.
Young Justice: Outsiders
Who says a show has to be live-action to be good? There’s a lot to be said for some animated series (Batman, anyone?) and DC’s Young Justice: Outsiders, the third instalment of the Warner Bros. Animation series, is no exception. Outsiders will see the team of young superheroes (including Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, and Miss Martian) take on their biggest challenge yet as they attempt to thwart an intergalactic arms race driven by the trafficking of meta-humans.
Coming in 2018 exclusively on an upcoming DC-branded streaming service. Learn more.
Marvel’s New Warriors
Finally, it’s time for some of the lesser-known superheroes to get some love! Featuring the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and some other teens (just kidding – the full line-up of characters includes Mister Immortal, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe and Debrii) the show will focus on the team living and working together with powers that may not seem quite so “super” when compared to the Avengers. With said powers including “talking to germs”, “not dying” and “being really rich” (again, Batman, anyone?) this show is bound to be entertaining. Check out the casting here.
Coming in 2018 on U.S channel Freeform. Australian broadcast TBC.
Last but not least, Krypton is an interesting Superman prequel coming from the DC universe. Set long before one of the original great superheroes arrived on earth, Krypton follows the story of Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El. After the House of El is shamed and ostracised, it’s up to Seg-El to fight to restore his family’s honour and save his homeworld from plunging into chaos.
Coming in 2018 on Syfy, which is included in the Variety pack on Fetch.