Some superhero series never got a chance to shine while others did even though we never wanted to. Here we are.
Unjustly Canceled: Jupiter’s Legacy
We can still hear echoes of fan outrage when Netflix announced the cancellation of Jupiter’s Legacy. Manu calls this comic book arc one of Mark Millar’s greatest contributions to the comic book world. A tale spanning two generations, Jupiter’s Legacy is said to have ultimately explored a story involving Utopian’s son and daughter. Sadly, we’ll never see what happens next.
Should have been canceled: Luke Cage
While Luke Cage Season 1 is considered a really good, hard-hitting superhero show, season two ended up being his shark moment jump. Netflix would have had a better opportunity to let Luke Cage return to a Defenders show. Luke Cage Season 2 is a wonderfully crafted abomination that’s a stain on Power Man’s legacy.
Unfairly Canceled: Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing was supposed to join Titans and Doom Patrol for the fleeting idea of a DC Universe designed for small screens. But just as fans were heating up for this horror thriller, the studio announced that Swamp Thing has been canceled after just one season. The show had a Saturn Award nomination and a rating of 955 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Should have been canceled: arrow
It was the show that started it all. Arrow got off to a good start, but it lost some of its vigor after Season 2. The next two seasons were just plain bad no matter how you try to justify it. Including magic and other fantastic elements come to dilute a critically acclaimed and universally adored show. Fans had abandoned the series long before the end of its eighth season.
Unjustly canceled: Constantine
The series had very little chance of making it through a single season. NBC had no hope that the show would click. But even to their surprise, it does. Matt Ryan was perfectly portrayed as the Hellblazer. But the network later canceled it, citing the show was too dark for their liking. Thankfully, Constantine was resurrected as part of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW network.
Should have been canceled: The Hulk and the Agents of SMASH
Following Disney’s takeover of Marvel Comics, DisneyXD aired a number of Marvel animated shows. But the DisneyXD shows were aimed at a much younger audience. This alienated the older fan base who watched previous Marvel animated shows. The Hulk and the agents of SMASH saw the Hulk become the balanced leader of a team comprising members like Red Hulk and She-Hulk. It was a far cry from the mature themes that all Hulk stories are known for. Two seasons was way too long for this series.
Unjustly canceled: Cape Town
Cape Town is neither Marvel nor DC. Instead, it was a completely original production made for NBC. David Lyons plays the role of a former cop who everyone believes is dead. He returns as a vigilante to expose the crime and corruption that has spread through the rotten core of the city. Cape Town ended up having a freezing death. NBC shortened it from 13 to 10 episodes. The series finale didn’t even air but aired on NBC’s website.
Should have been canceled: Batwoman
Well, we wouldn’t agree with the racist and sexist trolls who ridicule the show for absurd reasons. But we have to say the network really botched this one. Batwoman has very few fans but continued to limp to have three consecutive seasons. A fourth season is planned, but we don’t know who would waste their time watching this festival of pop culture killings.
Unfairly canceled: helpless
NBC really tried to experiment with superhero genre shows. Helpless, for example, had a desktop comedy setting in the larger DC Universe. Hudgens is employed by a company that deals with victims of superhero-super-villain fights. The series only lasted 10 episodes but deserved much better.
Should have been canceled: Teen Titans Go!
This show literally shit all over the legacy of the better and more mature original Teen Titans themed animated series. Despite its huge success, Teen Titans Go! will forever be considered a show that DC fans love to hate. Compared to Teen Titans’ thoughtful story arcs, the new kid-friendly series fails to strike a chord with DC fans.