We comic book fans and our nerdly dollars have been making TV executives salivate for a while now. Obviously The Walking Dead is a comic book show juggernaut; we also have Gotham, The Strain, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Peggy Carter, iZombie, Constantine and others. Looking into the future, comic book TV gets even more intense. How many of these will show up at SDCC? Probably quite a few.
Netflix has 4 Marvel-based shows focusing on Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
Preacher is coming to AMC, Outcast to Cinemax and of course Titans has landed at TNT.
Powers is debuting 10 March on the PlayStation network.
The Archie universe will allegedly come to TV in Riverdale.
And in just the last few days, we've found out that:
The Flash/Arrow spinoff coming next season is going to feature Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Victor Garber and Wentworth Miller.
A Lucifer pilot has been ordered.
Sex Criminals is being adapted as a series for Universal TV.
Supergirl has gotten a series commitment and firmed up casting.
It's worth noting these shows aren't always successful; does anyone even remember Witchblade? So it's a safe bet that some of the above will probably sputter into obsolescence fairly quickly.
And of course there are the shows that aren't made. For many fans, that's Sandman and Y The Last Man. Personally I'd sell my grandmother to get a intensely morbid live action adaptation of Death Note on cable and I'm leaning that way as well for the Wicked + Divine. But it's inescapable that TV executives feel safer betting on the basics: superheroes and zombies.
Regardless, SDCC's TV panels should look pretty interesting this year - and it'll make it harder for attendees to complain that it's more about Hollywood than comic books. Actually it'll be about both.