Comic Book TV Premiere Dates
You like comic books, you say?
You like television, too?
You love when comic books have live-action TV shows based on them?
Well, we’re living in a golden age, my friend. There are over 20 shows based on comic books currently on the air – in one form or another – with many more coming, including several on the upcoming DC Universe streaming service.
Here’s a list of upcoming premiere dates for comic book shows. If we missed any, or if you’ve seen an updated release date, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the list!
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) – Summer 2019 – Everyone’s favorite MCU-connected secret agents will be back for a sixth season, but it will be a long wait for fans. And while the show avoided cancellation – again – it will return next summer with a smaller order of 13 episodes rather than the customary full order of 22. Seasons 1-5 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Arrow (CW) – Oct. 15 – Not exactly the granddaddy of WB/CW superhero shows (that would be Smallville), but Arrow has become one of the most successful comic book shows of all time. Oliver Queen and his team will hit the streets again on Monday, Oct. 15. Seasons 1-6 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Black Lightning (CW) – Oct. 9 – Season 2 of the critically- and fan-acclaimed series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The superhero series starring Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, Tobias Whale and China Anne McClain enjoyed a popular first season and it will spend its second with a Flash lead-in. Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.
Daredevil (Netflix) – 2018 – The third season of the acclaimed Netflix MCU series will premiere sometime later this year, though no definitive release date has been announced. Since Jessica Jones season 2 and Luke Cage season 2 dropped three months apart, that means we could see Daredevil stream as early as September or as late as December. Seasons 1-2 are currently streaming on Netflix, and you can also see Daredevil in the streaming service’s Defenders crossover series.
Dark Matter (No one) – Dark Matter’s as dead as Firefly, folks. Which means it will probably get a movie or a reunion series, someday.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – Aug. 12, 2018 – Lennie James (Morgan from TWD) joined the cast for season 4, which wrapped up its first half in May. Expect more zombie-killing fun – and apparently a lot of rain, if the AMC promo is any indication – when the show returns Aug. 12. Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Hulu.
The Flash (CW) – Oct. 9 – Barry Allen has broken the world and put it back together again – albeit, with slight differences. Jessica Parker Kennedy joins the cast as a regular, and boy is her character a doozy (no spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the season 4 finale). Get ready to go supersonic again on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Seasons 1-4 are currently streaming on Netflix.
The Gifted (Fox) – Sept. 25 – Along with Legion, The Gifted expanded on Fox’s X-Men franchise with a solid first season – even if it was slow-starting, much like Hulu’s Runaways. The second season will see more mutants and mutant hunters, and it’s moving from Mondays to Tuesdays at 8/7. Season 1 is currently streaming on Hulu.
Gotham (Fox) – January 2019 – Gotham started out crazy and has only gotten crazier in four seasons. Fox gave it life for one more shortened season, so the story could be finished and we could see how a young Bruce Wayne finally turns into Batman. Gotham’s over-the-top style has built a big cult following, and it should be fun to watch how it puts all the pieces together in its final act. The last five episodes of Season 4 are currently streaming on Hulu, and Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Netflix.
Iron Fist (Netflix) – 2018 – We’ll likely get release dates for Iron Fist and Daredevil at San Diego Comic Con in July, but both will premiere later this year on Netflix. Finn Jones has played the titular Iron Fist in season 1, The Defenders and an episode of Luke Cage. While he’ll reprise his role in season 2, Iron Fist will have a new showrunner. Not exactly a fan favorite, Scott Buck oversaw the first season and moved on to the less-than-successful Inhumans (which has been cancelled and pretty much disavowed by Marvel and Disney). Raven Metzner replaces Buck on Iron Fist. Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.
iZombie (CW) – Midseason 2018-19 – The zombies have taken over Seattle! A lot happened in seasons 3 and 4 of iZombie (based on the Vertigo comic created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred), and the show will be back for a final fifth season. The CW is holding the show as a midseason replacement, however, so don’t expect to see Liv Moore return until January or February 2019. Seasons 1-4 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Krypton (Syfy) – Spring 2019 – Brainiac, the House of Zod and Doomsday all threaten the House of El and Superman’s grandpa. Season 2 was announced a few months ago, but it will take some time before we see Krypton again, probably in early 2019.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) – Oct. 22 – The wacky, wild and colorful time-travelling adventure show might be the closest thing to a live-action comic book on TV, right now. And fans can watch Rip, Sara and the crew get crazy again for season 4, which begins on Monday, Oct. 22. Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Lucifer (Netflix) – 2019 – The Lucifans spoke and Warner Bros. listened. The supernatural procedural based on the Vertigo/DC comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg received a second chance at life when it was cancelled by Fox and picked up a few weeks later by Netflix. No release date has been announced, but you can expect filming to wrap by the end of the year on the 10-episode fourth season, which means we’ll likely see it sometime in spring or summer 2019. Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming on Hulu.
Riverdale (CW) – Oct. 10 – The popular teen-noir reimagining of Archie Comics wrapped season 2 this year, and we can expect more romance, suspense, mystery and tragedy when season 3 begins on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Seasons 1-2 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Runaways (Hulu) – November (?) 2018 – While it is a high-quality show, Runaways struggled with a meandering plot, though it certainly showed promise – especially as the first season wrapped up. The entire first season was spent building up to the titular running away, and now that our characters are on their own, expectations are high for season 2. It is expected to premiere later this year, and since season 1 dropped in November, you can expect a similar release date for the follow-up. Season 1 is currently streaming on Hulu.
Supergirl (CW) – Oct. 14 – Kara Zor-El has faced a lot of adversity in her first three seasons – both on and off the screen. When the series was dropped by ABC and picked up by The CW, fans rejoiced that it could officially be brought into the Arrowverse. And it’s successful on the smaller network. Now, The CW is banking on Supergirl’s ability to lead a night and lead-in to a popular new reboot. Supergirl season 4 will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 14, as The CW brings original content back to Sunday nights, expanding its reach to six nights a week. Supergirl will serve as the lead-in for the network’s reboot of the supernatural series Charmed. You can watch seasons 1-3 of Supergirl on Netflix.
The Walking Dead (AMC) – Oct. 2018 – Get ready for season 9 of the zombie survival story. AMC will likely premiere the first half of the season sometime in October and the second half in February, as has become custom for one of TV’s biggest scripted programs. Writer Angela Kang will take over as showrunner and Scott M Gimple has become Cheif Content Officer, overseeing TWD, Fear the Walking Dead and the entire Walking Dead universe. Seasons 1-7 are currently streaming on Netflix.
Wynonna Earp (Syfy) – July 20, 2018 – Wyatt Earp’s granddaughter will fight demons again very soon. Season 3 of the supernatural action series will return to Syfy on July 20. If you haven’t caught up on the series, based on the Image/IDW comics character created by Beau Smith, you can watch seasons 1-2 on Netflix.