Comic-book shows have taken over the small screen this year. The CW expanded its Arrow-verse with the Flash spinoff. Fox’s Gotham is spinning tales of Batman’s city pre-Batman. And NBC’s Constantine is serving up a surprisingly faithful adaptation of a classic Vertigo character. Each of these shows is putting their own unique spin on the original source material, but part of the fun is seeing how the comic-book characters make the transition. This week three of those shows are bringing in well-known characters from the comics page.
First up, Gotham is bringing in Harvey Dent, the legal eagle who will eventually acquire some nasty scars and a penchant for duality as the Batman villain Two-Face. In Gotham he’s being played by actor Nicholas D’Agosto, who you might know from Heroes or Showtime’s Masters of Sex. A’Gosto is the fourth person to portray Dent in live action, behind Billy Dee Williams (1989’s Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Batman Forever), and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight).
Arrow will be digging into the deeper cuts this week, introducing the character of Cupid. She’s a mentally unstable super-fan of Arrow who decides the best way to win him over is by making his life miserable. You always hurt the one you love… It’s not too surprising that Cupid’s showing up in Arrow, as she was created in the comics by executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
Here are this week’s TV picks!
Gotham (Fox, 8/7c) — “Harvey Dent”
Harvey Dent encourages Gordon to team up with Mayor James in an attempt to close the Wayne murder case. Meanwhile, Penguin makes contact with Mooney’s secret weapon.
Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD, 9/8c) — “Empire Day”
A refugee of the Empire seeks help from the Rebels to get off the planet with important Imperial information.
The Flash (The CW, 8/7c) — “The Flash Is Born”
The Flash faces a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel, but Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris gets in trouble over her blog; Eddie witnesses Tony’s abilities and asks questions that Joe doesn’t want answered; and Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen’s murder.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/8c) — “The Things We Bury”
The team race against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret. Meanwhile, Ward abducts his brother in order to brutally reflect on their past.
Person of Interest (CBS, 10/9c) — “Point of Origin”
Reese volunteers to be an NYPD police academy instructor to keep an eye on a young officer whose suspicious actions make him question her motives. Meanwhile, Martine gets information from Samaritan and hunts a member of the team.
The 100 (The CW, 9/8c) — “Human Trials”
FINN REACHES A BREAKING POINT — Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) leads a mission to make peace with the Grounders. Meanwhile, Jasper (Devon Bostick) agrees to participate in a risky experiment, Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) enters a world of pain and President Dante Wallace (guest star Raymond Barry) issues a warning. Finally, Finn’s (Thomas McDonell) search for Clarke (Eliza Taylor) takes a violent turn.
Arrow (The CW, 8/7c) — “Draw Back Your Bow”
Oliver tries to stop Arrow-obsessed serial killer Carrie Cutter, who is convinced Arrow is her one true love and will stop at nothing to get his attention. Unfortunately, her way of getting noticed is to kill people. Meanwhile, Ray asks Felicity to be his date for a work dinner with some important clients; and Thea auditions new DJs for Verdant and meets a brash DJ with whom she immediately clashes.
Z Nation (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Sisters of Mercy”
The two groups of survivors reunite in Utah, where they come upon an all-female commune that seems like paradise — that is, until someone ends up dead.
The Walking Dead (AMC, 9/8c) — “Crossed”
A rescue mission while attempting to hold down the church leaves the group spread thin.