Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have noticed that superheroes are pretty popular on TV right now. There's DC's Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Gotham, while Marvel are currently represented by Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, with Jessica Jones on the way.
Last month we learned about 20th Century Fox's plans to join the party with X-Men spin-offs Legion and Hellfire. Speaking with Collider, its producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that both Hellfire and Legion are "super active", and offered a comment or two on his high hopes for the latter TV show: "It’s been extraordinary working with Noah Hawley [on Legion], who I think is a straight up genius. It was really early on in the process, like one of the first conversations, and Noah and I were on a call just the two of us just riffing ideas, and I was sitting outside what I thought was gonna be like a 10 minute call and I ended up sitting out there for three and a half hours".
"TV shows give us an opportunity to go even further," continued Kinberg. "Certainly what I’m seeing on Legion with Noah and FX is an intent to do something completely original in the genre, in some ways to sort of blow up the paradigm of comic book or superhero stories and almost do our Breaking Bad of superhero stories." Big words Simon!
Aside from the Breaking Bad comparison, the key quote here is Kinberg's comment on Legion being original. With comic book based content at an all time high, that will be crucial to these upcoming TV shows finding and retaining an audience.