The most famous superheroes, being realistic, are probably Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk and this is most likely because they all had very successful TV shows. While it’s true that the MCU has also brought a lot of attention to other superheroes and there were guys like Iron Man who were always popular I don’t think they necessarily resonated quite as well as what I would call “The Big Five” of superheroes.
With Daredevil being in my opinion the best superhero TV series put to film, I wanted to talk about a few other TV shows that you should check out for better or for worse. TV is arguably the medium that is most similar to comics due to its serialised or episodic format and so it only makes sense that there have been some great superhero TV shows.
So without further ado these are my top 10 comic based shows I think you should check out:
Batman: The Animated Series is probably the most popular kids show on this list and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular not just with children but adults. It’s not by any means the most faithful interpretation of the comics and of course as a kids show it is watered down but this show really tries.
This show doesn’t skip out on dark imagery for the sake of it and there’s a lot that it leaves in because it knows that children are not as helpless and innocent as we’d like to pretend. Knowing that children can handle dark subject matter it explored a lot of ideas even including domestic abuse.
It’s a hugely influential series that had a lot of impact on the comics as well, actually creating the character Harley Quinn who is now a staple of the Joker’s mythos appearing in video games, making her way into the comics and now being portrayed by the perfect Margot Robbie in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.
The show handles Batman’s large rouges gallery very well giving each villain enough time to be properly developed even lower tier villains like Killer Croc and The Mad Hatter who are never quite on the same level as villains like The Joker and The Penguin.
Recommended Episodes: “Baby Doll” & “Mad Love”