While superhero movies are beginning to ramp up in both quantity and (hopefully) quality, it seems like more and more superhero television shows are making their way to the small screen as we speak. Arrow seemed to be a starting point almost, beginning before new shows from both DC and Marvel. Now with The Flash, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., Agent Carter, Daredevil, and more, either currently airing or set to premiere sometime soon, it’ll be interesting to see if the TV universes are able to avoid the genre fatigue many are beginning to fear will occur with the films.
Two of the most prominent new shows set to premiere within the next year are Supergirl on CBS and Luke Cage on Netflix, as part of their Defenders line-up. Both shows look to be bringing new twists to the genre, with Supergirl providing the first female-centric superhero show in years, and Luke Cage reportedly set to be a slow burn, crime thriller somewhat akin to Daredevil, but more specific to the Power Man character.
According to some new reports too, it looks like both shows’ casts have become just a little bit more villainous now. First, IGN is reporting that actor Glenn Morshower has been cast in Supergirl as General Samuel Lane, following the recent addition of Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Lucy Lane. General Lane is Lucy and Lois Lane’s father in the comics and according to the report, is a strong military general in the show with a powerfully protective streak over his daughters. Lane will arrive in National City looking to enlist Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in a dangerous and new military program.
Also, Deadline is reporting that Sons of Anarchy actor Theo Rossi has been cast in Netflix’s first season of Luke Cage as a series regular, and is rumored to be playing the villain Shades a.k.a. Alvarez. While nothing is confirmed yet, the character is described as being “relentless and menacing, smooth and manipulative, street-smart and controlling,” and could certainly end up applying to Shades. Rossi has a history of playing characters like this following his long run on Sons and should fit into this dark and corrupt world of Luke Cage without a hitch.
Glenn Morshower has a history of playing strong military figures as well, and seems like a pretty perfect choice for General Lane in the series. Depending on how the show actually integrates Lane into it’s overall story though, they’ll have to be careful about not making him fall into being the cheesy, strict general father that we’ve seen all too much in movies and television up until this point. Here’s to hoping that the series ends up having a much more balanced tone than some of the previous promos and pilot reactions have indicated.
Supergirl is set to premiere on Monday, October 26 on CBS, while Luke Cage is set to debut on Netflix sometime in 2016.
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