The Flash and iZOMBIE are officially making their way to the small screen, although fans can expect some changes from the source material.
Film adaptations from DC Comics tend to be hit or miss, but when it comes to TV shows it has a much higher success rate. That’s probably a big part of why Warner Bros has been announcing or rolling out so many new series lately, including Gotham, Preacher, and even the Native American crime drama Scalped. Now The CW has officially picked up two more shows that were originally greenlit as pilots: DC Comics’ The Flash and Vertigo Comics’ iZOMBIE.
The Flash should already be familiar to anyone bearing a passing familiarity to Justice League superheroes, although the new series is notable for its connection to the popular Arrow series. Barry Allen, played by Grant Gustin, already appeared alongside Oliver Queen and even seemed to experience the event that gives him his powers. While the series doesn’t appear to be connected to the cinematic universe of Man of Steel, it should go a long way towards introducing new fans to the character. DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is on board as The Flash‘s executive producer.
iZOMBIE, on the other hand, will be very different from DC’s usual superhero tales. Inspired by the mature Vertigo Comics series of the same name, iZOMBIE follows Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who uses her job in a coroner’s office to access the brains that maintain her humanity. What’s somewhat surprising is that iZOMBIE‘s adaptation bears little resemblance to the original books. The only similarity is that both stories have a female zombie lead; other supernatural creatures from the books don’t appear to be surviving the transition, while Liz herself isn’t even iZOMBIE‘s original protagonist. The series will instead focus on a “case-of-the-week” approach inspired by Veronica Mars, where Liz solves the murder behind each meal. And while in principle there’s nothing wrong with that, I expect comic fans hoping for a faithful adaptation will be disappointed.