A slew of new comic book TV shows have been released in recent years, with varying degrees of success. Series set in the Arrowverse (which expands each year) and in the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have found a solid base of viewers, and this has prompted the studios to announce ever greater numbers of shows.
Fan interest in such properties is clear. Last year alone, DC reportedly earned over $1 billion with the Arrowverse, as well as with other shows, such as Gotham and Vertigo's Preacher. On the other hand, the Netflix/Marvel collaborations are regarded as the best comic book TV adaptations. When it debuted in 2014, Daredevil was second on the list of most pirated shows. Each series is basically a 13-hour movie, and critics love them as much as the fans, with the exception of Iron Fist.
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We've known for some time that Zack Snyder and HBO would team up for a Watchmen series. While the 2009 Watchmen movie had its fans, it can't be argued that a series would better serve the acclaimed (and complex) Alan Moore novel. And HBO has already found a showrunner for the series, so that's good news.
After all, HBO is home to popular titles that include Game of Thrones, Westworld, True Detective, and The Leftovers (we're counting just the ongoing series).
At this moment, we just know that HBO intends to make a TV show called Watchmen and that Zack Snyder is no longer involved. So we don't know whether the series will follow the novel or the prequels, when the pilot will be aired, or any other essential details.
But, if we were to bet, we'd say that, at the soonest, we might see the Watchmen on the small screen in late 2019, or even 2020.
Despite the fact that it was originally announced as a big screen film, Inhumans will be released this fall as an ABC TV series. A mammoth project that reportedly cost Marvel $200 million, the first two Inhumans episodes will be released on IMAX on September 1, 2017. The ABC debut will follow on September 29.
Half of that giant budget went to the special effects needed to depict the superpowers of the Inhuman Royal Family.
The series' first trailer was recently released, following a low-quality version that was previously leaked online. Some MCU fans liked what they saw, but the majority can't get behind the minor (or major, depending on your point of view) details, such as Medusa's hair and a mask-less Black Bolt.
But Lockjaw looks great, right?