Spring is when a young person’s fancy turns to TV schedules — and if you’re into geek culture, 2017 promises to be a fancy year indeed.
A few genre shows have been canceled or reached their finales — NBC’s “Powerless” is a notable example — but most existing shows have been renewed. And they’re going to be joined by plenty more. Set your smart phone’s calendar for the following:
All across the Berlantiverse
The four shows based on DC Comics superheroes overseen by executive producer Greg Berlanti on The CW have all been awarded another season. For the record, that’s “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl” — three of which haven’t even wrapped up their current seasons. (The “Legends” season finale was April 4.)
But four will soon become five. Various news outlets have confirmed that another show based on a DC Comics superhero is in the works. “Black Lightning,” created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Trevor von Eeden in 1977, is the story of Jefferson Pierce, a retired, electricity-based superhero dragged back into the game by his daughters. No release date has been set, but “Black Lightning” is expected to strike in late 2017 or early 2018.
If you’re in the market for angsty super-teens, you’re in luck.
Fox has released its first trailer (but no release date) for this fall’s “The Gifted.” If you read between the quick cuts, it seems that parents played by Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”) discover their kids are mutants, and have to go on the lam from the government. Set in the X-Men universe, the pilot goes out of the way to note that the usual suspects — Prof. X’s X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood — will not appear. Brian Singer, who has directed most of the X-movies, will direct the pilot episode.
This is not to be confused with “New Mutants,” a movie set more firmly in the X-Men universe, starring X-comics mutants Wolfsbane, a Scottish werewolf played by Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) and Magik, a part-demon, Russian magic-user played by Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”). Directed by Josh Boone, “New Mutants” is scheduled for April 13, 2018, release.
“The Gifted” should also not be confused with “The Runaways,” a comics-based series about a group of teens who discover their parents are all supervillains. Some of the kids are mutants, some have other super-powers and some are more or less normal, but all of them will hang out together in a Hulu series coming in 2018.
More super-teens arrive in 2018 on Freeform, which used to be called ABC Family (among other things). The angsty ones will be “Cloak and Dagger,” featuring a white girl with light powers from an upscale background (Olivia Holt) and a black boy with shadow powers from the wrong side of the tracks (Aubrey Joseph) whose super-powers are somehow related —…