One show for each network seems right and so with a little research and a lot of dreams I assembled this list. Of course I would love to hear your suggestions as well, either in the comments or on social media.
So let’s get this monkey smoking…
THE CW DCU
Leading the way in DC Comics Television, The CW network has a full fist of superhero titles already, Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and iZombie all have substantially introduced characters along the way and expanded the universe within the shows. In fact, it is those type of expansions which have worked very well for the CW.
Keeping with that formula of open enabling coupled with the template established by Arrow a few ideas like an Atom or Firestorm spinoffs jump instantly to mind. While it is true that all the setup in Legends would benefit a spinoff of this kind I think that perhaps heroes aren’t the first and best bet when they are so needed in Legends of Tomorrow.
But let’s take a step back and examine a different approach. With Suicide Squad coming to theaters and the most likely benefit will be the new villainous anti-hero team concept. Since the Flash has one of the best Rogues galleries of all time this would be a great fit. Imagine this premise.
Right before leaving with Rip Hunter Captain Cold and Heatwave recruit Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Murmur, Captain Boomerang and Trickster to discuss an alliance to take over Central City through coordinated crimes that would result in The Flash not being able to stop them all. However, Murmur sends Trickster to follow Snart and Rory and he sees them disappear into the time stream. When this occurs Murmur decides he is the leader and from there the series becomes a CCPD vs the Rogues crime drama featuring Joe West.
Gotham and Lucifer have been really good shows for the Fox network in the respect that they both cater to the darker more cynical tones of the network’s other shows like Empire. Gotham – the prequel to Batman done episodically through the eyes of a flawed and young James Gordon. Lucifer is about devil in self-imposed exile learning about humanity. To accompany these shows something a tad more off beat from the DCU is necessary.
Trinity of Sin
Pandora was perhaps the very best thing about the New 52. If you add The Question and Phantom Stranger to the mix and let people like Dematteis and Fawkes contribute, then the formula for a powerful show could be concocted. With a supernatural element mashed up with the mystery and crime aspect Trinity of Sin could excel (even on Fridays) as a Fox show where Constantine failed.
As soon as the introductory arc is finished introduce Zatanna and Constantine and set up for a future Justice League Dark. Guests and villains could include everyone from The Spectre to Swamp Thing and without fail it would organically make people care about the supernatural wing of the DCU.
You could even set it in Gotham’s past and introduce Jonah Hex or Bat Lash and make a prequel to Gotham. With these characters, time and place become irrelevant. Introduce Zauriel and Limbo, use the talking dog as the God metaphor. This show would be a perfect fit for Fox.
The demographic and feel once again changes when we switch to the CBS network. Hope and light are the name of the game with generally an older demo and a Big Bang fanbase. So with the second season of Supergirl being fact, we can assume that she will continue to expand either her own or her cousin’s mythos and characters. Since CBS has only one show from DC in its lineup what matters is that we pick something totally new that can a) crossover with both Supergirl and Flash (fingers crossed) and b.) maintain a consistent tone to the universe.
Blue and Gold
Humor is the most important element of Supergirl when you think about it. It is the moments of laughter we cherish the most because in National City it is the laughter that puts all the stakes in the danger and the gravitas in the tears. It is the humor we cling to when it is almost too uncomfortable to watch. As such it could be a common denominator to make two properties congruous.
Imagine another day at Lord industries and a bright young inventor starts taking one part to his dream invention home from work each night for five years. When he is done he has created the Blue Beetle ( a ship that is operated though a spine implant fashioned after an ancient alien schematic. As Ted Kord realizes his greatest dream a time traveling misfit into money and fame arrives. His name is Booster Gold.
But this show isn’t just a beat up the bad guy series. It is a combination buddy cop on the lam series. Think Fugitive, Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Lethal Weapon rolled up into a superhero world full of the best b-rated villains and oddities in popular fiction, from Kite-Man to King Tut.
So there you go, the shows I would expand the DCTVU with.
Tell the monkey to crush his butt…