DC television has been enjoying widespread success over the past decade, since the debut of Arrow in 2012. The Arrowverse has since expanded into a rich multiverse to include CW shows like The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrowand Batwoman. The success of the Arrowverse has even paved the way for other series, like Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Titans and Stargirl.
The current decade started strong with many of these fan-favorite shows being renewed for a new season and many more debuting. 2022 is promising to continue this momentum and may even prove to be the best year of DCTV yet. Not only can DCTV fans expect to resume many of their favorite shows from the past year, but 2022 is also the year fans can expect to see television spinoffs of popular DCEU films. Here, we take a look at all the DCTV shows fans can expect to enjoy throughout the year.
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Superman & Lois
The first show to start fans off with this month is , which will premiere on The CW on Jan. 11. Starring Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch as his wife, Lois Lane, the Supergirl spinoff sees the Superman family back in Smallville after the Daily Planet was bought by media mogul, Morgan Edge. Not only do their sons Jonathan and Jordan learn that their father is Superman, but that Jordan may have inherited his father's abilities. Much of the conflicts in Season 1 centered on the difficult balance of family and superhero life.
Also debuting on The CW on Jan. 11 is Naomi Season 1, a television adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell's comic of the same name. A relative newcomer to the DC Multiversein 2019, the titular heroine, Naomi McDuffie, is set to be brought to life by Kaci Walfall. Described as "a top student, skateboarder and Superman-stan" from Port Oswego, the show will depict Naomi as a teenage sleuth determined to uncover the dark secrets behind a mysterious event that has left her small military town all shaken up.
Legends of Tomorrow
DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns Jan. 12 to The CW to continue its seventh season. Starring Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, the Legends are set to resume their travels through time and space after their original Waverider got destroyed by a second Waverider in 1925, effectively stranding them in that year. While the Legends try to work their way back to their own time, it is revealed that their Waverider was destroyed by Bishop, a Time Master from Vancouver, British Columbia in 2214.
Also returning to The CW on Jan. 12 to resume its third season is Batwoman. Starring Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman and Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox/Batwing, both caped crusaders hunt down the missing Batman villain trophies, which leads them down many rabbit holes. One of those rabbit holes leads to Ryan finding out that the CEO of Jeturian Industries, Jada Jet, and her son Marquis, are her biological mother and brother, respectively. Season 3 will resume with Marquis as the new CEO of Wayne Industries and Mary Hamilton as the new Poison Ivy.
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The first DC Extended Universe series on HBO Max, Peacemaker premieres Jan. 13. Starring John Cena as Christopher Smith/Peacemaker, the series takes place after the events of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, with Smith recovering from his injuries sustained during a gunfight with Edris Elba's Bloodsport. The series aims to explore Peacemaker's origins, as well as see him take on new missions with a ragtag team of his own. The series is also set to continue the R-rated humor of the preceding film.
The first show to kick off The CW's spring season on March 9 is The Flash Season 8. Starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash and Candace Patton as Iris West-Allen, Season 8 will resume from the restored timeline that was established at the conclusion of the "Armageddon" five-part event. In "Armageddon," Barry Allen learned from Despero that his speed running destroyed the Earth and believed him to be wrong. It turned out, however, that a Reverse-Flashpoint was created by Eobard Thawne, which prompted Barry to undo the new timeline.
Also set to return for The CW's spring lineup is Stargirl Season 3. Starring Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl and Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan/S.T.R.I.P.E, Stargirl ended its second season with the Justice Society of America (JSA) defeating the malevolent entity known as Eclipso. After having their shortcomings exploited by the villain and being dragged through the coals of their own darkness, each of the JSA heroes found themselves reexamining their values and relationships -- a theme that will continue with Season 3, titled Frenemies.
Young Justice: Phantoms
Returning to HBO Max in the spring to resume its fourth season is Young Justice: Phantoms. The season kicked off with various storylines, including the one with Miss Martian, Superboy and Beast Boy dealing with the civil unrest on Mars and a White Martian named Ma'alefa'ak at the center of it. There was also another storyline involving Tigress, Cassandra Savage, Onyx and the League of Shadows,and one involving Doctor Fate, Mary Marvel and Traci Thirteen. The season will presumably pick up where the post-credit scene with Mary left off.
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Also returning to HBO Max for Season 4 is the hit series Titans. Starring Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Nightwing and Mame-Anna Diop as Koriand'r/Starfire, Season 3 saw the Titans battling their former teammate, Jason Todd, as Red Hood in Gotham, while the latter was being manipulated by the Scarecrow. After stopping the Scarecrow from destroying Gotham, the Titans returned to San Francisco while a newly resurrected Donna Troy was invited to join A.R.G.U.S. Season 4 will presumably pick up with the developments teased in the Season 3 finale.
Another DCTV show that's returning for a fourth season on HBO Max is the hit series Doom Patrol. Starring Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane and Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Season 3 saw the demise and strange revival of Niles Caulder as a severed head, as well as the introduction of Laura De Mille, aka Madame Rouge. After defeating the Brotherhood of Evil in the Season 3 finale, the Doom Patrol found themselves asking if they were now acting like superheroes, effectively setting up the premise of Season 4.
To add to HBO Max's DCTV lineup in 2022 is Harley Quinn Season 3. Starring Kaley Cuoco as the titular harlequin of crime, Season 2 ended on a real banger with Poison Ivy and Kiteman breaking up at their own wedding amidst bombs going off and all kinds of mayhem ensuing. Both Harley and Ivy are then shown confessing their love for each other and sealing that with a kiss just as they are being chased by GCPD, Thelma and Louise-style. Whether or not Season 3 will continue to develop Harley and Ivy's relationship, only time will tell, but fans can continue to expect more mayhem.
Debuting on HBO Max for the first time for Season 3 is Pennyworth, which originally aired on Epix for its first two seasons. Starring Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth, the series takes the spy thriller approach with Batman's famous butler functioning as a James Bond-style former SAS soldier. He's also a bouncer-turned-club owner who also works side gigs. Alfred was last seen leading a counterattack at the end of Season 2 following an assault on London by the New Raven Alliance.
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Batman: Caped Crusader
Another Batman series set to debut on HBO Max is Batman: Caped Crusader. Developed by Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm, alongside The Batman director Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams, the new show promises to return Gotham's caped crusader back to his noir roots. While little is known about the series at this point in time, given Timm's past work on Batman: TAS, fans can most likely expect a return to the dark and gritty aesthetic Timm is famous for.
While WarnerMedia is looking to stream most of its DC output on HBO Max, one DC property that will stream on Netflix in 2022 is The Sandman. Starring Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/Dream and Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, the Netflix series will be adapting The Sandman comics by critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. Not much has been revealed about the series thus far, though early teasers show that the new series will follow the comics closely, beginning with Dream's capture and imprisonment by Roderick Burgess and the consequences of that decision.
DC Super Hero Girls
Resuming on Cartoon Network in 2022 is DC Super Hero Girls Season 2. The series follows Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Raven, Bumblebee, Zatanna and Jessica Cruz as Green Lantern as its main characters during their teenaged years. Much of the series is centered on the girls' journeys as teen superheroes and the challenges that come with maintaining a secret identity. The girls were last seen fighting the Joker and Harley Quinn in the episode "#NightmareInGotham."
Teen Titans Go!
Also resuming on Cartoon Network in 2022 is Teen Titans Go! Season 7. Like DC Super Hero Girls, the series follows Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy as its main cast members during their teenaged years. However, unlike DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go! thrives on parodying itself and even has crossovers with other Cartoon Network shows. The Teen Titans were last seen in "A Holiday Story" in which Santa Claus enlisted Beast Boy's help against Baby New Year.
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