With a new year arrives another wave of television series based on comic books, with no fewer than eight returning adaptations joined by seven new shows, across broadcast, cable and streaming services.
That’s to say nothing of those series like Arrow, The Walking Dead, The Gifted, Riverdale and Runaways, most of which are merely taking a traditional midseason hiatus before gearing up again in January and February.
But what comic book TV shows make their debuts in 2018, and what ones return for new seasons? We break them down below.
Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW
The CW adds another superhero to its roster with Black Lightning. Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, a retired superhero turned high school principal who’s forced to don a mask again when the gang the One Hundred threaten his neighborhood, and his family.
The series said to not be part of The CW’s Arrowverse, but never say never; after all, Supergirl began on another network entirely, and now that show is firmly connected to Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Black Lightning also stars China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin Jones III.
Premieres Wednesday, March 21, on Syfy
Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home world, Krypton centers on the Man of Steel’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), who’s caught at a crossroads after encountering the time traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos): Does he save his planet, or allow it to be destroyed to ensure the fate of his future grandson.
Hailing from David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Krypton is also poised to feature appearances by such DC Comics characters as Hawkwoman, Doomsday and Brainiac. The series also stars Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre and Ian McElhinney.
Cloak & Dagger
Premiering sometime in 2018 on Freeform
Based on the teen heroes introduced in 1982 by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt as Tandy Bowen and Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone Johnson, two runaways from New Orleans who are suddenly burdened with superpowers that will forever link them: Tyrone can engulf others in darkness and Tandy can emit daggers of light.
Cloak & Dagger also stars Andrea Roth as Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, Gloria Reuben as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, Miles Mussenden as Tyrone’s father Michael Johnson, Carl Lundstedt as Tandy’s partner in crime Liam, James Saito as Dr. Bernard Sanjo and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors.
Premieres sometime in 2018 on the new DC Comics-branded digital platform
Based on DC Comics’ Teen Titans, the live-action Titans “follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe.” Dick Grayson, played by Brenton Thwaites, emerges as Robin to become the team’s leader.
Executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, Titans also stars Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, with Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove and Lindsey Gort as Dick Grayson’s police partner Detective Amy Rohrbach.
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