Marvel has dominated the entertainment world in the past decade with it’s MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), including blockbusters like the Avengers films and Guardians of the Galaxy, while DC has been a distant also-ran. But this year at SDCC, DC is building serious momentum for a run at toppling Marvel on top the comics foodchain. Kind of appropriate that the middle letters of SDCC are “DC” as we saw the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, footage of the Suicide Squad, and panels for their three hit TV shows, Gotham, Arrow and The Flash… did I say three… soon to be four as Arrow and Flash characters will spinoff into DC’s Legends of Tomorrow debuting in 2016.
Check out the incredible video below.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is about time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who recruits a rogue’s gallery of heroes and villains to join up and unite against futuristic foes. In the video one appears to be a giant dragon! These characters include Firestorm (the not-yet cast but heavily rumored Robbie Amell), White Canary (Caity Lotz, from Arrow), Captain Cold and Heatwave (Prison Break & Flash stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee, introduced in Flash), and The Atom, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh from Arrow). In the video below, “Hero Evolution” we witness these characters and the leads of their respective shows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) from their genesis to their current state. Amell and Gustin are already slated for at least one episode of LOT.
The Flash and Arrow will premiere October 6th and 7th, respectively, and according to Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim at SDCC, those shows will build towards DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which will begin when they both go on their midseason breaks. They will also introduce another new character; Hawkman. For show creator Greg Berlanti, he was happy to do an Ocean’s 11 type story.
While Marvel has it’s own shows and of course a full slate of films planned for years to come, DC is quickly gaining ground and could be the tortoise to Marvel’s hare. 2015/2016 are the beginning of DC’s bounce back into the comic entertainment’s super battle, and it’s TV shows that are leading the way. Flash returns Tuesday 10/6 at 8, Arrow the following night at 9 on the CW and Legends of Tomorrow is fast approaching in 2016!