Yet, even though DC started a step ahead of Marvel, it has been the latter’s most recent leadership in television programming that has finally re-awakened the sleeping giant and spurred the now DC Entertainment to take its own franchise a lot more aggressively into the realm of television series production. Marvel’s success with “Agents of Shield,” and “Agent Carter” has shown DC what can actually be done if it takes its own creations more seriously.
DC had already dipped its toe into the small screen waters with earlier versions of the Superman saga, but with “Smallville” a new audience was gained which enabled it to make a more adult version of shows like “Arrow” and now “Flash.” Aside from the good writing that at times was lacking at DC, new and fresh approaches are being taken by the writing staff at DC Entertainment and the adaptation of newer digital technologies is allowing those tales to be told on a big screen movie scale with a television production's budget, allowing money to go into hiring the best leads, support and guest actors the business has to offer.
Other new DC offerings are proving highly successful and innovative including “Gotham,” the Fox Channel prequel to the familiar Batman story. The approach to this series has left some fans cold, but more are intrigued by Bruno Heller’s take on the early days of Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon which lays the foundation for the lives of such well known and formative characters like the Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, The Joker and the introduction of new characters like Fish Mooney. It is fun to see these infamous baddies in their early years and realize some of them didn’t become bad, they were just born bad.
DC is also breaking new ground by introducing another known, but not well understood character back onto the digital format. “Daredevil” will return, however, not to TV but to Netflix. Supergirl will return and be seen on CBS. DC’s “iZombie” will arrives in March and the most recent bit of news coming out of Hollywood is Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s role in bringing the DC based comic character “Lucifer” to TV, most likely on Fox along with “Gotham.”
The “Lucifer” comic tells the story of the Devil himself, having gotten bored with the denizens of hell, decides to hand in his resignation papers to become a resident of LA and the proprietor of a one-of-a-kind piano jazz club called Lux.