New superhero shows
MFC TOP 5
Marvel and DC’s enormous success in the theaters paved the way for other superhero proposals to be better received, allowing stories that would have never come out of the pages without the strong presence of superheroes in today’s popular culture to reach the screen.
Many of the recent proposals have an alternative tone from the highest-grossing films, finding in the series format a new home that allows a deeper exploration of the stories, characters, and themes that the genre has been saturating in the comics. Therefore, they could adapt a wide variety of titles and make them available to anyone who wants to get involved in their universes.
While DC is working on restructuring its universe and Marvel Studios prepares the Phase 4 of its project, superheroes took a break from the cinemas to take over television. That’s why in My Family Cinema we prepared a TOP 5 of the best superhero series of the moment.
5. Titans (2018)
The debut series of the Warner Bros. multimedia platform called DC Universe is based on the classic DC Comics team, the Teen Titans, and brings together characters such as Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), in a dark universe similar to films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Despite not being faithful to the comics, Titans seek to rethink his characters and immerse them in an unexpected story, wrapped in mystery and a lot of violence. The 11 episodes of the series’ first season explore the events that led to the formation of the team and, although initially got mixed reviews, its ending was so successful that a second season is already in production. And this time with the appearance of the villain Deathstroke, who will be played by Esai Morales.
4. Doom Patrol (2019)
Also produced for the DC Universe platform, Doom Patrol emerges as a derivative of Titans, overcoming it in terms of narrative proposal and attachment to the source material.
With a similar dynamic to that of the X-Men, the Doom Patrol is a team formed of broken people, both physically and psychologically. In the series we see Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Girl (April Bowlby), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) and Cyborg (Joivan Wade) fighting their personal demons while facing Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), one of the weirdest villains in the world of comics, who also has the task of narrating the episodes in a Deadpool style.
3. The Umbrella Academy (2019)
As an adaptation of the comic of the same name, created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy doesn’t try to hide its influences from other comics such as The X‑Men or Doom Patrol, where the main conflict, beyond hitting the bad guys, is to explore the relationships and personalities of characters with extraordinary abilities. In this case, the focus is on the Hargreeves family, when the death of the head of the family forced the brothers to reunite and try to prevent the end of the world.
The Umbrella Academy was produced by Netflix and, although it also deviates a bit from the original material, it manages to create a great atmosphere through narrative resources and motifs that had not been exploited before in other superhero series.
2. The Boys (2019)
One of the most pleasant surprises of 2019 is The Boys, a new series developed by the multimedia platform Amazon Prime Video, based on the comic of the same name created by Garth Ennis.
The Boys is a direct parody of the DC Comics Justice League, this time addressing the superhero as a celebrity and all the consequences of the people’s deification, exploring the notions of power and corruption that can derive from the activities of such people.
The series features performances by Karl Urban as Billy Butcher and Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell and has already been renewed for a second season.
1. Daredevil (2015-2018)
Although is not a recent release, Daredevil stands out among all the superhero series of the moment, far exceeding other Marvel series on Netflix such as Luke Cage, The Punisher and Jessica Jones, with which it shares a cohesive universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The three seasons are full of great performances from Charlie Cox in the role of Daredevil, a blind hero, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, one of the most fearsome villains of any current series.
Its script is full of tension and action and has been praised by both critics and fans. Unfortunately, the third season of Daredevil will be the last, as Marvel decided to withdraw its characters from Netflix to begin the production of new series attached to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney‘s new multimedia platform, Disney+.