Comic books and graphic novel adaptations are really coming to the fore in 2016. Here are some great shows still to come, this year and beyond...
You need only look at your local cinema listings to know that comic books and graphic novel adaptations rule the roost in 2016. But while Marvel and DC’s biggest names square off on the silver screen, the screens in our homes and in our pockets have some of the most interesting and cultish comic book fare in abundance.
Case in point? Outcast – FOX’s latest big budget series – which is based on the comics by Robert Kirkman (also of Walking Dead fame), and which is available to stream from tomorrow on NOW TV Entertainment. But Outcast is far from the only left-field comic that’s making the transition from page to TV screen. Here are the ones to watch…
Kyle Burns’s childhood wasn’t like most normal people’s. He and his family members have suffered from demonic possessions throughout his entire life, but now he needs answers. The plot of Outcast follows Kyle as he teams up with a reverend to unearth the truth behind his abilities. Expect jumps, frights and eerie goings on aplenty.
Deemed ‘unfilmable’ for many years, this adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comics by the same name mixes vampires, angels, gods and violence together in equal measure. Dominic Cooper plays the eponymous cleric looking to find god amidst a plethora of unusual small town happenings. The series has been developed by Seth Rogan and his writing partner Evan Goldberg, who tend to get pretty passionate about their projects.
A madcap, grownup spoof of everything super heroic, The Tick has been a cult fan favourite for decades and has already been both an animated series (1994) and a live action show (2001). This time British comedy icon Peter Serafinowicz is stepping into the big blue suit, while relative newcomer Griffin Newman will play his sidekick Arthur.
A Marvel comic it may be, but Dreadstar is far from a household name. In it, the titular hero is the only survivor from the entire (expunged) Milky Way galaxy, which was collateral damage in a galactic war between two ancient empires. The TV adaptation has been in development since early 2015 at Universal Cable Productions, who are clearly hoping for the same kind of success that Disney enjoyed with the relatively obscure Guardians of the Galaxy.
“The plot centres around Jack the Ripper and the notion that his killings were part of a huge royal conspiracy.”
Film fans may know From Hell as the 2001 Johnny Depp movie, but both it and the upcoming TV series are based on a series of books by famed writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell. The plot centres around Jack the Ripper and the notion that his killings were part of a huge royal conspiracy. FX is behind this new adaptation, with Children of Men writer David Arata penning the script.
The Damned, which will be based on the Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt books of the same name, has been in development at Showtime since 2011 with nary an update since, but if it does make it through to production, the show should be something pretty special. The plot sees a gangster named Eddie caught in a supernatural mafia turf war, with each side toeing a strange line between small time street crime and all out demonic warfare. The big complication? Eddie can’t die.
‘The Boys’ are a group of super-powered CIA agents whose job is to police other superheroes and vigilantes who overstep the mark. The books’ hyper-violent content is their trademark, and (like Preacher) the TV incarnation is being handled by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, so it’s definitely one to keep a beady eye on.
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