In recent years, the increase in the number of TV shows pertaining to superheroes has been colossal, to say the least. Having some brilliant shows like Netflix’s Daredevil to ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the superheroes have started their dominance on the TV industry. The future of a lot of shows will be determined at this time of the year, as most show premiere in early September/October.
The fate of a few beloved series has already been decided by the broadcasters. While a few of them have faced the brunt of the axe, the others have managed to get past the dreadful decisions for a renewal. Here, we have a list of all the canceled TV shows of both the comic book giants DC and Marvel.
Apart from them, we also have a few shows which are yet to face the decision of the broadcasters.
The much-beloved superhero series adapted from Neil Gaiman and Mike Carey’s run on DC/Vertigo faced the short end of the stick as Fox decided to cancel it after three successful seasons.
Lucifer follows the story of the actual Lucifer Morningstar aka The Devil, who renounces lordship of Hell as he is bored with it. In a stint to regain the excitement, Lucifer decides to come to Earth and play by the rules, mostly. In an interesting turn of events, Lucifer finds himself trapped in a murder case, and, subsequently finds himself as a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Tom Ellis portrays the titular character.
Fox’s sudden decision to cancel the beloved supernatural drama which had an overwhelming response in its first season is shocking. Some reports have said that Fox had to cancel the series as its growing popularity affected some of the veteran series on the network.
Upon closer inspection, it has been revealed that FOX has been trying to distance itself from the non-Fox studio properties with the impending Fox-Disney merger. The cancellation of the series also came at a bad time, as the third season ended on a cliffhanger, leaving the fans frustrated.
Tom Ellis, the lead actor of the series had started a campaign on Twitter to save the series, urging rival broadcasters like Hulu and CW to pick it up. There’s a little hope for the series since another fan-loved cop-drama series Brooklyn 99 was recently picked up by NBC after it was canceled by Fox.
Inhumans was originally planned to be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and be portrayed on the silver screen. But instead, they were sent to the TV arena, alongside the massively successful Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which airs on ABC network.
The show primarily focuses on The Royal Family of Inhumans, who has decided to come to Earth after a military coup in their homeland, Attilan. The show had some well-known names like Anson Mount, Serinda Swan, and Iwan Rheon, who played the role of Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones.
The Inhumans revolved mostly around the royal family consisting of Blackbolt, Medusa, Maximus the Mad and a few other characters. But surprisingly, the series was a massive failure. To lend some support, Disney had even released the first two episodes in IMAX, but it fell flat on its face as the animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke earned more in domestic markets than Inhuman’s entire run. Having a dismal rating of just 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, the cancellation of the series is not really surprising.
As if Fox didn’t have enough petitions against it already, it decided to go ahead and end another spectacular series. Gotham has a middle ground, as it is not exactly canceled like other shows. But, Fox has decided to end the successful series with a short fifth season after the completion of its fourth season on the network.
Gotham follows one of the best-known allies of Batman, Detective Jim Gordon in his initial days in the Gotham City Police Department. The show started off quite slowly but has since then managed to amass a huge number of fans, thanks to its tight script writing and some brilliant acting. Detective Jim Gordon is portrayed by Ben McKenzie, who is partnered with Detective Harvey Bullock, who is played by Donal Logue.
The show also follows the story of a young Bruce Wayne, who witnesses the death of his parents in Crime Alley, and the subsequent events which will eventually make him the greatest crime fighter on Earth. The show has garnered overwhelming reception because of a variety of villains, who will eventually make it to the famed Rogue Gallery of Batman.
There is no dearth of villains as the show has got some well-known villains like The Riddler, Poison Ivy, The Mad Hatter, The Court of Owls. Also, the show has got the potential love interest of The Dark Knight himself, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, who helps the young hero find his rooting in a crime-ridden city like Gotham. Sean Pertwee plays the iconic character of the loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth, who is inspired by the Earth-One version of Batman.
The fifth and the final season will air in 2019 summer, which makes it more frustrating for the fans as they have to wait for almost a year for the epic conclusion to the chapter of a young Bruce Wayne in his journey to become The Dark Knight.
The latest DC project on the SYFY network hasn’t yet renewed itself for the second season. Having David S. Goyer at its helm, Krypton is currently the second most-watched TV series on the network.
Krypton is a prelude to Kal-El aka Superman’s dynasty. The show primarily focuses on Kal-El’s grandfather Seg-El, the brilliant scion of the House of El, or more popularly known as Superman’s dynasty. Seg-El is a brilliant young Kryptonian who fights to restore the tarnished name of ‘House of El’.
Seg-El is the main character in the TV series Krypton, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe as Superman’s grandfather and Jor-El’s father. As a child, he and his family were stripped of their family name by the Council of Krypton when his grandfather, Val-El, was sentenced to death for constructing his Fortress of Solitude to research alien life and threats. Seg-El, along with his parents, Ter-El and Charys-El, were forced to live in the slums of Kandor.
Now in his 20s, he stops a Black Zero terrorist attack and is rewarded with the chance to join the Science Council and even betrothed to Nyssa-Vex. He secretly has a relationship with Lyta-Zod, the daughter of Krypton’s chief military guard Jayna-Zod. Seg-El meets Adam Strange, a time traveller from Earth who travelled to the past to warn Seg about Brainiac who plans to destroy Krypton before Superman was born.
The storyline is quite fascinating as it explores the relationship between Seg-El and Jayna-Zod. In this version, Seg-El fathers General Zod, one of the well-known enemies of Superman. But also, Seg-El is the father of Jor-El, which makes General Zod and Jor-El to be half-brothers. Interestingly, it also makes Zod as the uncle of our beloved Kal-El.
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SYFY is known for its late renewals of its properties. But then, DC charges exorbitant amounts of money for its product and on top of that, adds the huge production cost.
Apart from the shows which are confirmed to be cancelled by their respective broadcasters, there a few shows which are awaiting confirmation of cancellation/renewal.
The first season centers on Wynonna fighting the revenants who kidnapped her older sister Willa from their homestead when they were girls and the threat posed by Bobo Del Rey, leader of the local revenants.
In the second season, Wynonna discovers she is pregnant, while Waverly struggles with possession by a demon and doubts about her lineage. At the same time, two sister-wife widows of the dead sheriff who cursed Wyatt Earp seek to resurrect him. Till now, no news has been out confirming the renewal or cancellation of the show.
Legion follows the story of Dan Stevens, who is originally the son of Professor Charles Xavier. Stevens is one of the most powerful mutants on the planet while also suffering from schizophrenia, which gives him a split personality disorder. The show focuses on his mental disorder and various ways his abilities change with his change in personality.
Legion has received critical acclaim upon its release. With Noah Hawley as its showrunner, who has previously worked on the universally acclaimed show Fargo on the same FX network, the show is bound to get a renewal for the next season. But so far, the news is yet to be out.