So Preacher just came out, and many comic book fans are shocked. We never expected to see a comic like that making it to the big screen, especially after the sheer amount of movie rumors that never came to fruition. The first couple of episodes were good and many people are very excited about the first season on AMC.
It’s not shocking that someone green-lit a new comic book show, they have been some of the most successful movies for over a decade. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced hit after hit, and even terrible DC movies can make close to a billion dollars. Those are only the movies; comic books have been taking over TV as well.
The Arrowverse is rivaled only by the MCU for best expanded universe, and there have been TV hits that span over years based on comic characters (think Smallville). Aside from Preacher, there are a ton of comic book shows currently airing, and here they are ranked.
11 Legends of Tomorrow
9 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
While Arrow has taken a significant downturn, Flash has been pointing upwards all year. They have been able to seamlessly have an over arcing “big bad” while keeping the “meta-of-the-week” fresh, and the writer’s ability to leave each episode on some sort of cliffhanger has been awesome. There are few other renditions of a Superhero that are as spot on as Grant Gustin’s portrayal of Barry Allen. He’s charming and selfless while being just a little cocky and sitting on some dark depression tied to his mother’s death. If other writers could go back to the source material like The Flash does, we would have many better shows and movies. The cliffhanger at the end of season two is an awesome way to bring something new to the show and many are expecting to see Flashpoint, and the writers better give us exactly that. Because of their ability to use the Arrowverse we can see Citizen Cold have his own story arc, we could see Robert Queen as The Arrow, and maybe even a reprise of Killer Frost. There are so many ways to take this next season, but will fans start to get annoyed with the constant changes? Are the creators going to give us a whole season of the Flash needing to set things back to the way they were? How many times does Barry need to change history before he learns his lesson? Season three will be a turning point for the show. They can either do it well like they did with Earth-2 or ruin it like Arrow did with the League of Assassins. Fans will just have to wait and see.
3 Jessica Jones
2 The Walking Dead
Daredevil is the best comic book show you can find right now. Season one was one of the best seasons of anything in television history and season two was pretty damn good on its own. Charlie Cox plays a fantastic Matt Murdock, and a stellar cast and crew surround him. The cinematography on the show has already created some of the greatest fight scenes of all time. Seriously, take your pick between the hallway fight, the staircase fight, or the prison fight and you can make an argument for it being more epic than anything seen in any of the blockbuster Marvel movies. All the characters are appealing, but much of what works about this show really rides on two specific characters – Fisk and Castle. Wilson Fisk introduced us to the Kingpin, one of the true great villains in Marvel, portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio. Fisk became one of the most interesting characters to ever grace the screen. He and the show painted a character who was both as powerful as he was tragic, and his episodes in season two were the highlights of that season. Jon Bernthal plays a perfect Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, after decades of movies did an awful job trying to put the iconic murderer on screen. He is absolutely amazing, as was the character bringing to life Daredevil’s moral question; kill the bad guys or send them to jail? Season one set up a fantastic world for the characters and (along with Jessica Jones), while season two gave us a followup about what can happen in that world. Instead of everything going well for the characters we love, they often lose a lot. We can’t be more excited about all of Marvel’s Netflix shows and Daredevil is the reason for that.
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