DC Superhero TV Shows DVD Release Schedule
August brings plenty of great binge-worthy TV to home video, with the following release dates for DC Comics-inspired shows:
Supergirl: The Complete First Season, 20 episodes, will be available on August 9. The winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as the hero, Chyler Leigh as her adopted sister, Mehcad Brooks as James Olson, David Harewood as the Martian Manhunter, and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, who in a fabulous twist on the character is a media mogul. It’s a terrific show for superhero fans of all ages, emphasizing heroism of all different kinds.
Set extras (list price $54.97 for Blu-ray/$49.99 for DVD) include the 2015 Comic-Con panel focused on the show, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and two featurettes:
- “The Man From Mars” — Superman once described J’onn J’onzz as “the most powerful being on the face of the Earth.” This documentary will explore J’onn J’onzz’s current circumstances on Supergirl as the alien who swore an oath to a dying father to protect his daughters.
- “A World Left Behind: Krypton” — Kara Zor-El’s home planet of Krypton was destroyed in the opening minutes of the pilot. It was a spectacular, futuristic society filled with mystery and intrigue! This documentary will explore the history of this famous planet and its role and depiction in Supergirl.
The Flash: The Complete Second Season we’ll have to wait a little for; it doesn’t debut until September 6. This show has also been a breath of fresh air. Although they indulge in the overused “a bad guy killed my mother” trope, in general, the show has a sense of fun and adventure that’s welcome, as symbolized by Cisco’s obvious enjoyment at naming new supervillains.
For those looking for male role models, we joke about how the Flash (Grant Gustin) has 3 dads: Original (John Wesley Shipp, in a nod to the 90s TV show, where he was the superhero), Cop Dad (Jesse L. Martin, wonderful), and Bad Dad (Tom Cavanagh, who plays a different character every season). Other stars include Candice Patton (Iris West, underused), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), and Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West).
The set (list price $54.97 for Blu-ray/$49.99 for DVD) will have the season’s 23 episodes plus the Arrow crossover episode, “Legends of Yesterday”. With The Flash‘s “Legends of Today”, the two episodes introduced Hawkgirl and Hawkman, who then spun off into the Legends of Tomorrow series (see below). Set extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel, The Flash panels from 2015 Comic-Con and 2015 Paleyfest, and:
- Behind-the-scenes visual effects featurettes for almost every episode!
- “Star Crossed Hawks” featurette
- “Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage” featurette
- “The Many Faces of Zoom” featurette
- “Chasing Flash – The Journey of Kevin Smith” featurette
Speaking of Arrow, The Complete Fourth Season drops August 30. It has 23 episodes, plus The Flash crossover episode mentioned above. Arrow stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy (who departed the series this season), David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, and John Barrowman. The press release says that “Arrow is The CW’s #3 show among Total Viewers, behind The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow“, which means the superhero fans have a whole channel now!
Set features (list price $54.97 for Blu-ray/$49.99 for DVD) include the two Hawks featurettes from The Flash set, deleted scenes, gag reel, the 2015 Comic-Con panel, and one additional featurette: “Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story”.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season (16 episodes, out August 23) has been uneven, but overall, I’ve enjoyed seeing time-traveling superheroes. I’ve always been a fan of the team concept, because it allows for different personalities and allegiances. Plus, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold is terrifically dry.
The other team members are Brandon Routh (The Atom, Ray Palmer), Victor Garber and Franz Drameh (Firestorm), Caity Lotz (White Canary), Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave), Ciara Renée (Hawkgirl), Falk Henschel (Hawkman), Amy Pemberton (Gideon, the voice of the ship), and Arthur Darrell (Rip Hunter, the time traveler who brings them together).
The first season was 16 episodes, and the set (list price $44.98 for Blu-ray/$39.99 for DVD) has more features than I expected. In addition to the 2015 Comic-Con panel and a gag reel, we get:
- “Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot” – Journey behind the scenes of “The Magnificent Eight” as producers bring the legend of Jonah Hex (well played by Johnathon Schaech) and the ways of the Old West to life.
- “A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverer Set” – Journey behind the scenes with the production design team responsible for bringing the Waverider to life. From the origin of the time traveling ship, to the VFX that completes the illusion, a complete look.
- “History in the Making” – Explore the crossover between fact and fiction, as the Legends team makes contact with a variety of eras thought the series. Time travel with the heroes and villains of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.