Some superhero shows never got a chance to shine while some did even though we never wanted them to. Here we go.
Unfairly Cancelled: Jupiter’s Legacy
We can still hear the echoes of the sheer fan outrage when Netflix announced Jupiter’s Legacy was cancelled. Manu call this comic book arc one of Mark Millar’s greatest contributions to the comic-book world. A tale spanning two generations, Jupiter’s Legacy would have eventually explored a story involving Utopian’s son and daughter. Sadly we will never see what happens next.
Should Have Been Cancelled: Luke Cage
While season 1 of Luke Cage is considered a really good, hard-hitting superhero show, the second season ended up being its jump the shark moment. Netflix would have had a better opportunity just letting Luke Cage return to a Defenders show. Luke Cage Season 2 is a wonderfully crafted abomination that is a stain on Power Man’s legacy.
Unfairly Cancelled: Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing was supposed to join Titans and Doom Patrol for the short-lived idea of a DC Universe made for small screens. But just when fans were warming up to this horror action thriller, the studio announced Swamp Thing was cancelled after a single season. The show had a Saturn award nomination and a 955 rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Should Have Been Cancelled: Arrow
This is the show that started it all. Arrow had a good beginning but it lost steam after Season 2. The next couple of seasons were just plain bad, no matter how you try and justify it. Including magic and other fantasy elements just diluted a critically acclaimed and universally adored show. Fans had given up on the show long before it ended on its eighth season.
Unfairly Cancelled: Constantine
The show had very little chance of actually making past a single season. NBC had zero hopes that the show would click. But even to their surprise, it actually did. Matt Ryan was cast perfectly in the role of the Hellblazer. But the network cancelled it later on, citing the show was too dark for their taste. Fortunately Constantine was resurrected as a part of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow over at The CW network.
Should Have Been Cancelled: Hulk & The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H
After Marvel Comics was bought by Disney, DisneyXD aired quite a few number of Marvel animated shows. But the DisneyXD shows were aimed at a much younger audience. This alienated the older fanbase who used to watch earlier Marvel animated shows. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H saw Hulk become a level-headed leader of a team that included members like the Red Hulk and She-Hulk. It was a far-cry compared to the mature themes all Hulk stories are known for. Two seasons was way too long for this series.
Unfairly Cancelled: The Cape
The Cape is neither Marvel nor DC. Instead it was a totally original production made for NBC. David Lyons stars as a former cop who everyone believes to be dead. He returns as a vigilante to expose crime and corruption that has spread through the city’s rotten core. The Cape ended up getting an icy death. NBC shortened it from 13 to 10 episodes. The series finale was not even broadcast but streamed on the NBC website.
Should Have Been Cancelled: Batwoman
Well we wouldn’t agree with the racist and sexist trolls that ridicule the show for absurd reasons. But we have to say the network really botched this one up. Batwoman has very little fans but somehow has kept limping forward to have three consecutive seasons. There are plans for a fourth season but we are unsure who would ever waste their time watching this pop-culture slaughter-fest.
Unfairly Cancelled: Powerless
NBC really tried to experiment with the superhero genre shows. Powerless, for example, had an office comedy setting set within the larger DC Universe. Hudgens is an employee in a company that manages victims of superhero-supervillain fights. The show only lasted 10 episodes but deserved much better.
Should Have Been Cancelled: Teen Titans Go!
This show literally crapped all over the legacy of the better and more mature themed original Teen Titans animated series. Despite gaining tremendous success, Teen Titans Go! will forever be regarded as a show DC fans love to hate. Compared to the well-thought out story arcs in Teen Titans, the new kid-friendly series fails to strike a chord with DC fans.