The genre of superheroes in the media is said to have been discovered in the mid-1930s and was popularized by comics. While it’s been a continually popular theme since then, Marvel and DC have made superheroes even more prevalent in TV and movies over the past 20 years.
Disney Plus is set to launch a few different TV series that will feature some major characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Wandavision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. DC is seeing success with HBO Max’s Harley Quinn animated series, and is considering teaming up with HBO for other DC TV shows. Until their release, there are plenty of popular shows out there for fans to fill up on with some overpowering fun.
ten Arrow – 7.5
Oliver Queen lived a wasted life in luxury until he got lost at sea on his father’s yacht. Missing for five years, Oliver returns home as a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded hero, armed with a bow and arrow.
First on the CW in 2012, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as DC’s classic hero, the Green Arrow. In 2019, the network announced that its eighth season would be its last, but it sparked a whole Arrowverse of shows.
9 The Flash – 7.7
Another CW show about heroes in crime fighting, Flash stars Grant Guston as Barry Allen – a medical examiner involved in a terrible accident that leaves him with an incredible gift he never expected.
After being struck by lightning, Barry falls into a coma and wakes up nine hours later with the power of Super Speed. The show premiered in 2014 and its seventh season is slated to begin in January 2021.
8 Titans – 7.7
A Darker View of the DC Universe Teen Titans characters, Titans follows a group of young superheroes who team up to fight the forces of evil, including longtime antagonist Deathstroke.
Titans stars Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Tell No Tales in the lead, Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson aka Robin / Nightwing. The series debuted in 2018 and has reportedly been renewed for a third season.
7 Gotham – 7.8
Between the different cartoons, that of Tim Burton Batman, Christopher Nolan movies, and recent additions to the DCEU, there have been a lot of interpretations of the Masked Vigilante. Gotham goes back a little further than most iterations of the franchise, however.
A Batman-themed prequel, Gotham focuses on a young detective James Gordon and his work to save his city from the depths of its own corruption.
6 Jessica Jones – 7.9
A gritty neo-noir crime drama, Netflix Jessica jones stars Krysten Ritter as an overpowered private investigator with a dark past. A functional alcoholic ravaged by PTSD, Jessica struggles to keep her life together while battling baddies to help those in need of protection.
The series ran for three seasons and was especially praised for David Tennant’s superior performance as Killgrave and Ritter’s work as Jones.
5 Unsuitable – 8.2
A group of young delinquents forced to do community service find they have new and strange superpowers after being struck by lightning. A British comedy series which premiered in 2009 and ran until 2013, Unsuitable is a fun and playful take on the superhero genre.
Some of his stars would go on to become bigger actors, including Games of thrones villainous Iwan Rheon, and The Umbrella AcademyIt’s Nathan Sheehan.
4 Legion – 8.3
Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, David was treated like a mentally ill person his entire life, until one day he realized that the voices in his head might not be “just in his head.”
They can be real and endowed with incredible power. Based on Marvel Comics, Legion aired on FX for three seasons. It starred Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller and Parks and recreation actress Aubrey Plaza.
3 The Punisher – 8.5
Frank Castle is a former sailor in need of revenge on the hit Netflix series. After the murder of his wife and children, Frank reinvents himself as the Punisher, a vigilante who ensures that criminals get exactly what they deserve.
Starring Jon Bernthal, best known for his role as Shane in The walking dead, The punisher is a dark and violent look at the life of one of the most vicious heroes in Marvel history.
2 Daredevil – 8.6
A blind lawyer with ultra-high senses works in the moonlight as a crime-fighting superhero dubbed the Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Matt Murdock first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1964.
Ben Affleck brought the character to the big screen in 2003, but the film failed to impress audiences and critics alike. Netflix took a chance on the character and daredevil created in 2015. It exists in the same universe as Jessica jones, Luke Cage, and Iron fist.
1 Boys – 8.7
Based on a graphic novel that is in many ways a parody of the superhero genre, The boys takes place in a world where superheroes are monetized, branded and treated like celebrities … and not all of them are very nice. The so-called heroes abuse their power and position, but society still loves them.
This is where the Boys come in – a group of thugs determined to balance the scales and expose the heroes and company who cover up their foul play.
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