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10 Comic Books Perfect for TV

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Comic books being adapted to television isn’t a new concept, but it’s certainly starting to make waves thanks to the success of DC’s and Marvel’s movies. After The Walking Dead and Arrow’s favorable receptions, networks are scouring the book shelves for other potential titles. The ordering of Gotham, The Flash, Constantine will likely be the major indicators of whether or not comic books should be a continuing medium networks should visit in a not-so-sporadic fashion.

We made up a list of comics books we’d love to see become a TV series rather than movies, because some stories are just too big for the silver screen.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

1) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Yes, we’re quite aware that League was already made into a movie. There were a lot of things going against it: terrible green screen, non-cohesive storytelling, and over the top action and acting. Or maybe no one was ready for Victorian Steampunk… What League does have going for it is a cast of famous literary characters interacting with a rich alternative history. The main cast in the comics consists of Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyll and Hawley Griffin, aka The Invisible Man. Mina and company are recruited to protect the interests of the British empire, which include thwarting a gang war started by Professor Moriarty and Fu Manchu, defending the world against invaders from Mars as depicted by H.G. Wells, and more. Some members achieve immortality and continue on their adventures throughout time.

Aside from the main cast, we also meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mycroft Holmes, John Carter from The Princess of Mars series, Gullivar Jones, James Bond, and even Shakespeare’s Prospero.

With Penny Dreadful on the scene on Showtime, which also features literary characters like Victor Frankenstein and Mina Harker’s father, League would serve as a perfect rival to the series. But where Penny Dreadful covers only the horror genre, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen covers British espionage and action.

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Christina Janke

Christina Janke

Host of "Intro to Geek" on Shauncastic.com. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Gail Simone, and hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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