Superheroes have been trending like crazy, and DC Comics has capitalized upon this by releasing some seriously entertaining television shows, animated series, and films.
Whether you’ve only vaguely heard about recent hits like “Stargirl” or “Doom Patrol” or you’re a hardcore fan of everything being released, it’s hard to ignore the many options out there for fans of the genre. If you’re curious to test the waters with the many shows by DC Comics, now is an amazing time to binge what’s available. Let’s look at some top picks that will both stir and satisfy your curiosity:
Heroes Who Aren’t Heroes
The trope of the reluctant hero is popular in comic books, science-fiction works, and tales of fantasy. However, DC’s “Doom Patrol” takes that idea and shoves it into a blender.
Based on characters created in the 1960s and reinvented by iconic author Grant Morrison in the 1980s, “Doom Patrol” is about oddballs who, despite their oddities, are capable of saving the world if required. Featuring such memorable characters as Crazy Jane, Negative Man, and Danny the Street, this show is incredibly funny, wildly engaging, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
There are currently two seasons of “Doom Patrol” available to watch. The show can be binged on either the HBO Max app or DC’s own DCU app. Both require memberships and it should be mentioned that this show contains a ton of graphic language. Perfect for adults, but not exactly recommended for younger audiences.
If you’re looking for a superhero show you can watch with your kids, Stargirl is definitely a great option. Telling the story of Courtney Whitmore, a teenage girl who discovers she has a connection to famous superheroes, Stargirl contains all the elements you’d expect from an action-adventure show. The ensemble cast is made up of established professionals and young newcomers who quickly lure viewers into the world of Blue Valley, Nebraska. The action scenes are exciting and characters do die, but it is not as dark or gritty as other current superhero programs.
Stargirl executive producer Geoff Johns announced the show was renewed for a second season right after the first was completed. The available episodes can be watched on the DCU app with a membership. Certain episodes can also be watched for free on CW streaming services. Reports state that the show and other DCU programs will be available on HBO Max in the future in the same manner that “Doom Patrol” currently is.
The CW has an arsenal of shows featuring DC characters. The shows “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Flash,” “Black Lightning,” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” all feature popular and obscure heroes in serial adventures. These shows also all take place in a shared universe called the “Arrowverse,” and the characters regularly cross into each other’s series for various special events. This adds to the comic book element of things, as comics often do massive crossover events that bring many characters together.
All of these shows can be watched on Netflix and HBO Max with subscriptions.
No matter what type of show you like to watch, there’s bound to be a superhero program worth your while. Explore what’s out there and see what all the buzz is about when it comes to the world of heroics.