ABC's new, mostly superheroless Law & Order-meets-The X-Files hybrid, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., debuted last week to huge ratings. Warner Bros. took notice and immediately greenlit Gotham for the Fox network -- a show that takes place in the Batman universe but will focus on a young Commissioner Gordon instead. (Every episode ends with Jim Gordon gazing wistfully at the sky and musing, "What this corrupt town needs is a brave MAN who dresses as a BAT. Or a SEAL. Whatever, I don't give a fuck.")
Gotham's savior reveals himself during sweeps week.
They further upped the ante by announcing a series based on Constantine (the famed paranormal detective invented by Alan Moore and Keanu Reeves) and adding the Flash to the second season of Arrow, a show that had previously attempted to avoid featuring any characters with superhuman powers but boldly decided "Fuck it" in the wake of the billions of dollars superhero movies have made in the past year. Yes, it seems the timing has never been better for networks to unleash superhero television on us.