An inevitable result of the success of superhero tales on the big screen is the transfer of the hope for that same success on the small screen.
The 2012-2013 TV season has a number of super-themed characters and ideas with the possibility of more on the way.
Not too surprising, Marvel Entertainment Group, which is owned by Disney, which also owns ABC, seen in the Fargo-Moorhead-Grand Forks market on WDAY Channel 6/8.1, has an extension of its “cinematic universe” in the form of Agents of SHIELD. Marvel’s super-spy organization is being transformed into a unit that is designed to track and assess the growing presence of superheroes and their ilk.
The CW, seen in the Fargo-Moorhead-Grand Forks market on channel 6/8.2 appears to be all-in on the supers front. Its version of the Green Arrow character is back for another season with the non-super powered Arrow, with the show being a possible jumping off point for other super characters.
It is also going to be the home, for a while at least of The Tomorrow People, a series about a group of young people who find themselves with powers beyond that of ordinary people.
There are some other small-screen adaptations being bandied about. While the Keanu Reeves interpretation of DC’s John Constantine was far from successful. There are possibilities floating around for a TV version of the trench-coated magical anti-hero. The character is currently a member of the super-powered organization called Justice League Dark, a supernatural offshoot of the Justice League organization.
Super heroes on television have been a mixed bag. One of the most successful was the Incredible Hulk series that ran from the late 1970s to early 1980s. Before that, one would have to go back to the campy Batman series which ran for two seasons in the mid-1960s. J.J. Abrams attempt to put super-powered individuals into a more realistic context with the show, Heroes, was decidedly a mixed blessing for fans of the genre.
So, whether the presence of the comic-derived and comic book like characters will take off on the small screen as well as it has on the big screen is still something that remains to be seen. Viewers, for the most part, seem to want their TV to be much more reality-derived than what the world of super-heroes or comic books can offer. TV may be a fantasy, but it seems to be a fantasy that we want to see based more in reality than what the more overt fantasy of super heroes can offer.