The polls have closed on the latest HeroPress reader survey and the results are in. By a clear margin, The Flash has been chosen as the current superhero/comic book TV show that 41 per cent of people are enjoying most of all.
A couple of weeks ago, I posed two questions to readers of this blog - asking them to select the show they're enjoying the most and the show that has been the biggest disappointment out of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Constantine, The Flash and Gotham.
From the moment the polls opened it was clear that The Flash was going to be the runaway success, however, at the other end of the spectrum, things weren't so clear cut.
Ultimately, Gotham grabbed 33 per cent of the votes for the most disappointing show, just a single percentile ahead of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
However, proving that it will always be a divisive show, while 32 per cent of HeroPress readers might have rated S.H.I.E.L.D. the biggest disappointment, 28 per cent also voted it as the second-most impressive show.
|Most Enjoyable Show Poll Results|
Gotham came in third of the 'most enjoyable' poll, with 14 per cent, ahead of the third season Arrow on 12 per cent and Constantine on six per cent.
|Most Disappointing Show Poll Results|
Meanwhile, on the disappointment front, Constantine came in third, with 24 per cent, ahead of The Flash on eight per cent and the third season Arrow on four per cent.
Factoring both polls together, HeroPress readers ranked this season's current crop of comic book/superhero TV shows as follows:
- The Flash
- Arrow (season three)
- Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season two)
On the other hand, Gotham wasn't a show many people were looking forward to in the first place (just eight per cent), so it's not surprising that it's failing to connect with a large swathe of its audience.
While it looks as though Gotham will probably get a second season (let's hope they learn from the mistakes of this first season), Constantine is sending out mixed messages with its first season being abruptly capped at 13 episodes but with no hints about the show's future as yet.
Given that Constantine is an NBC show - the network that gives us the incredible, surreal Hannibal - it's a shame they seem unwilling to allow the showrunners to really push the envelope and truly capture the spirit of the source material.
I suspect it was a love of the original Vertigo comics that fuelled the excitement of so many fans when they heard that John Constantine was coming to television.