How DC Became the Hero That Television Deserves

Marvel? Meh. The small screen belongs to a new breed of old favorites

From Superman and Wonder Woman to The Flash, more than 10,000 characters populate the universe of DC Entertainment. For TV networks seeking a foothold in a world of increasing competition for every great script, and in which cable operators are looking for any excuse to cut the number of channels they carry, that mighty legion of superheroes could prove to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Comics have long been source material for TV programming—in fact, the biggest show on TV at the moment is AMC's The Walking Dead, based on the Robert Kirkman graphic novels from Image Comics.

With the current explosion in popularity of superhero film franchises ranging from Marvel blockbusters like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to other comics-born fare like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Big Hero 6, broadcast and cable networks are getting in on the action in...



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