There will be a lot of superhero movies hitting theaters in 2016. Three X-Men movies, two Marvel Studios films, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad — not to mention the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But that pales in comparison to the sheer number of superhero hours that will fill up the small screen in the months ahead. Marvel continues to expand its brand, with a new Agents of SHIELD spin-off and further extensions of the darker New York-Netflix pocket universe. FX is plotting a small-screen X-show, Legion. Someone told me Gotham is still on.
And then there’s Greg Berlanti. The TV producer keeps exploring the DC universe on the small screen, with the new time-tossed saga Legends of Tomorrow expanding outward from Berlanti’s Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. Jeff Jensen and I were planning to talk about Legends of Tomorrow on the new episode of the Entertainment Geekly podcast, but predictably got sidetracked with an exploration of the whole history of superhero television.
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Listen to part 1 of the show below, or subscribe on iTunes. On Tuesday, we’ll do a deep dive into Legends and the Berlanti-verse.