Are all your favorite superhero shows actually the same show?
Netflix and Marvel recently announced that they have renewed their latest series, Daredevil, for a second season. The show focuses on a lawyer who, blinded as a child, possesses super-powered senses. He fights crime in the courtroom during the day and on the streets by night.
Wait. Does that plot sound a little familiar to you? According to an infographic that The Daily Dot shared earlier today, current superhero shows (both on TV and on Internet services like Netflix) have way more in common that you might guess. Surveying existing series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham, The Flash, and Daredevil, as well as upcoming series like Supergirl and Lucifer, the graph compares the shows’ major plot points and themes.
And, um, awkward, but looking at the infographic, it’s obvious that a lot of these shows bear some serious similarities. Six of the ten shows are about a crime-fighting vigilante, and half of the shows feature a hero who is also an orphan and/or had a terrible childhood. Sure, these are common themes in comic books, but as audience expectations for original programming on TV have almost exceeded expectations for movies (which seems obvious since a movie is about ninety minutes but a series takes hours and hours), you would think creators would strive to come up with more unique takes on classic stories.
There is one characteristic that a huge majority – 70% – of the shows share, and it’s kind of disturbing. Seven of the ten series have a white male lead.
Let that sink in for a second.
Almost all these shows star a white male lead? Boring (not to mention unrealistic)! Where’s the diversity? Something obviously needs to change in the superhero show department. Luckily, CBS’s new Supergirl series looks like it’s aiming to be the most original superhero series on the air. According to the infographic, the show, which is set to debut in September, only shares two major characteristic with the other nine shows surveyed. Hopefully, Supergirl will lead to even more diversity and originality in future series.