10 Comic Books That Need a TV Series
ABC/Bob D'Amico The cast of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Comic books have been dominating the movie theaters for the last several years. Now they've set out to conquer television. DC Comics made the initial incursion into live action television with the successful Smallville series; they followed up with Arrow, and have announced that new shows about the Flash and Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon are in the works. Marvel Comics, not wanting to be left out of the loop, premièred its new show Agents of SHIELD last week. Marvel has also announced that it's working on a new show featuring Captain America's WW2 girlfriend, Sharon Carter.
What these series have in common is an emphasis on humanity over superheroics. While a superhero movie can afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on spectacular visual effects and set pieces of enormous scope, a television show does not have that luxury. The necessity of creating a new story every week on a limited budget means that any comic series must be more limited in scope. With that in mind, here are 10 comic books that could easily be adapted into great television shows.
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Although there have been three unsuccessful movie adaptations of this character already, he still has potential as a television franchise. Frank Castle is a well-armed vigilante on a mission to punish all crime he encounters. This show could be a throwback to the maverick action programs of the '80s, like the A-Team or the Equalizer, showing the Punisher traveling from town to town and helping the innocents he finds fight back against their criminal oppressors.
When superheroes battle, they leave a huge amount of destruction in their wake; Damage Control is the organization that is responsible for cleaning up afterward. A team of engineers, construction workers, and bureaucrats, Damage Control is responsible for fixing damage on a massive scale.
This series would display the unseen cost of superheros, as the team must deal with crashed spaceships, giant monster attacks, and collateral damage on a scale that would make the most jaded construction worker weep.