It’s a great time to be a comic book fan. Since comic book derived media proved themselves to be lucrative at the turn of the century, the genre has seen an explosion onto both the big and small screens, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Marvel Studios, the DC Extended Universe being launched by Warner Bros. and the X-Men franchise from 20th Century Fox. This year, there’s a grand total of six – yes, SIX – superhero movies coming out next year. Here’s what they’re about and what you can expect in some rough detail.
Most of those who are comic book fans will definitely have heard of the show currently airing on the CW (actually, I lied, it’s currently on its midseason break) known as The Flash. For the sake of brevity, The Flash is a superhero show, coexisting in the same universe as the one established by another acclaimed superhero TV show on the CW, known as Arrow, which depicts the rise of the Green Arrow. The Flash follows the character Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin), who gains the power of super speed and uses this to battle against less law-abiding individuals who have also attained superhuman abilities. Allen is also styled by the epithet of Scarlet Speedster and, more commonly, The Flash.
Currently nine episodes into its second season, The Flash is a juggernaut when it comes to ratings, and until the rise of Marvel Netflix TV shows such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones this year, was undisputably the king of comic book TV adaptations – a title it is very much still in contention for. However, disturbing questions have been raised, and I can remain silent no longer.