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DC Gets TV, Marvel Does Movies: iZombie Announced for Potential Series
November 8, 2013

I don’t think it’s arguable to say that Disney/Marvel’s superhero movies do better than Warner/DC’s. Marvel has the third biggest US movie of all time (based on box office) in The Avengers, and while DC’s Dark Knight trilogy also ranks highly on that list, they haven’t been able to make Superman an unqualified success or build a universe the way Marvel has with related films, each with multiple entries in their series (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America).

iZombie #1 cover

Yet this year, DC is having a great track record placing surprising properties as potential TV shows. The latest announcement, according to Deadline.com, is iZombie, based on the Vertigo comic series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred that ran from 2010-2012. In the comic, Gwen was a zombie gravedigger who needed to eat a brain every so often to keep from losing her personality and memory. When she did so, she gained awareness of the dead person whose brain she consumed. In the proposed CW (of course) series, Gwen will be a medical student working in the coroner’s office. The project, to be written by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars), is described as a “supernatural crime procedural”. She’ll eat brains and solve homicide cases, in what sounds like a younger twist on Pushing Daisies. It remains to be seen whether some of the weirder comic characters — including a ghost, a “were-terrier”, and various vampires and conspiracy group members — will make it to screen.

As Deadline points out, “Warner Bros TV has been very aggressive developing and selling DC-themed series this season, including the Arrow spinoff The Flash, iZombie and Hourman at the CW, Gotham at Fox with Bruno Heller, and Constantine at NBC with Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer.” Marvel, by contrast, has the now-struggling Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuted strongly but is having trouble keeping audience interest. With their Vertigo imprint, DC has a wider variety of character types, beyond just superheroes, to pitch, and those varied types seem to play better on the smaller screen.

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3 Responses  
Kelson writes:  

Interesting! iZombie was a fun series I discovered too late, and the people who ran Veronica Mars sound like a good fit for tone. Here’s hoping this gets off the ground before the zombie craze drops off (and that the difference from more typical zombies doesn’t turn people away).

 
Johanna writes:  

Good point. I think sympathy with a zombie is the next step in the trend, perhaps, as seen a bit in Shaun of the Dead. That’s what happened with vampires, after all, from monster to sympathetic to “I want to be one”.

 
No Amazon Wonder Woman TV Show Coming » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] Arrow (which is fun and successful) and planning a Flash spinoff as well as putting Hourman and iZombie in development, so they don’t need to grab at every superhero idea. Still, it would be nice if Wonder Woman, […]

 
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