STREAMING SATURDAY: Superhero Series and Shows

What is it with superhero movies and series these days? Whether fans of Marvel or the DC Universe, everyone’s talking about their favorite superhero shows. It’s as if my entire TV set has turned into a Comic Con or something, and everyone I know has become some gushing fanboy or fangirl for their favorite hero shows. I like a good superhero yarn as much as the next person, but this is beginning to get out of control. Which brings me to my point: Why streaming is the superior superhero source. It’s simple, really. By the very nature of streaming service design, it’s where you’ll find so many superhero shows all in one place.

Superhero Shows on Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is the place to go if you want to see superhero movies, both old and new. Depending upon your subscription, you can watch everything from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013) and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) along with nearly all of the other newly-released superhero films from both Marvel and DC. Sure, some of these titles also are available on Netflix, but there’s no telling how long that streaming service will hold on to these titles. For superhero films both new and old, Amazon is your source. It also offers a huge variety of animated superhero movies. You may or may not have to pay for each of these streams, depending upon your Amazon viewing package.

Superhero Shows on Hulu
Hulu is a great source for streaming all the superhero TV series that aren’t Netflix originals. For example, you can stream Gotham (Fox), The Flash (The CW), Arrow (The CW), Supergirl (CBS), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC), and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW). The only drawback here is that Hulu is always a day behind the latest airdates of all TV shows. This means you’ll catch the latest episodes of Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow the day after the air on their respective networks.

What about superhero movies on Hulu? I’m sure there’s a few animated superhero shows and some Marvel and or DC superhero films in the streaming service’s vast catalog. I’m personally not a Hulu subscriber; but if you are, and you like superhero films, it’s in your best interests to peruse Hulu’s offerings.

Superhero Shows on Netflix
Do you like binge-watching original series featuring superheroes? If so, Netflix is likely your best source. True to its nature as an emerging creator of original content, Netflix has a handful of superhero series. It all started in 2015 with its launch of Daredevil. Netflix followed up the success of Daredevil with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It’s latest superhero series, Marvel’s Luke Cage, continues to be wildly popular with comic book geeks and average streaming fans alike. Netflix is also a great source to stream superhero series created by television networks. For example, you can watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC), Supergirl (CBS), Arrow (The CW), The Flash (The CW), and Gotham (Fox).

Not all of Netflix’s superhero action is live-action. The streaming service also features a number of animated superhero shows that are fun for kids and adult fans of this genre. For example, there’s Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered – an animated Batman show featuring an entire world populated by Lego people – and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. Consider it an ode to the Saturday morning superhero cartoons of our collective youth. Netflix also has older superhero movies, such as Tim Burton’s Batman, but don’t count on these films being in the queue forever. Netflix continues to shrink its catalog and there’s no guarantee that what’s here today won’t be gone tomorrow. It also seems to have fewer new releases.

Happy Heroism!
If you’re in the mood for streaming superhero shows, hopefully this will help you. Whether you have Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix, you’ll be able to find some type of superhero action to watch while you wait for the newest Marvel or DC adventures. As popular as these superhero shows and series continue to be, it’s a safe bet that even more of this programming is headed for your favorite streaming service.