Apart from obviously offering my consensus on the DC shows and movies that are available on Netflix, already dwindling in number, I am going to say this: catch them while you still can on Netflix, since their days there too, are numbered. DC made waves earlier last year when they announced the arrival of their very own streaming service, as is the norm these days, named the ‘DC Universe’, envisioned as a haven for DC fans: a one stop destination for all things DC, from hosting a ton of original new content, which contrary to my expectations is doing quite well, to streaming all existing movies and ongoing shows, along with exclusive new updates on the comic book world of DC.
However, with new streaming services come new membership fees, and as is fairly obvious, not a lot of people would have immediately opted to pay for more streaming services, along with the already vastly popular Netflix and Amazon Prime, hosting way more content. That coupled with the obvious regional constraints of DC Universe only being available to US citizens as of date has allowed Netflix to still host this content, however little in number. Apart from a single live action mainstream DC film currently being hosted by Netflix, the number of shows contrarily are sizeable. DC’s own shared universe for television called the Arrowverse, different from its current shared movie universe titled the DCEU, is entirely present on Netflix to stream, and while I would love to have DC’s newer shows that are doing quite well available for Netflix streaming, including ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol’, that dream would seem rather far-fetched.
Among other DC properties, although currently not available on Netflix, but forming an exciting lineup of relatively lesser known characters, we have ‘Krypton’, a Syfy show on the history of the eponymous home planet of Superman, and upcoming pilots for ‘Swamp Thing’, ‘Pennyworth’, Stargirl’, ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Batwoman’, the last touted to be a part of the ‘Arrowverse’. So with all that said now, here’s the list of really good DC shows/movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
7. Black Lightning (2018 – Present)
Beginning DC’s slate of mediocre superhero outings before the better ones begin, ‘Black Lightning’ is the story of the DC superhero of the same name with the power to generate and manipulate lightning. The first season of the show focuses on how high school principal Jefferson Pierce is forced to come out of voluntary retirement to become the eponymous masked superhero when his daughters are kidnapped by a local gang. The show apparently did very well within critical circles, garnering praise for although not being groundbreaking superhero TV, yet keeping things interesting with believable plot twists and meaningful villains, praising the performance of Cress Williams. Ironically enough, the audience criticized the show based on the same criteria, further going on to prove how wildly unbridged the gap between the two is. The show has currently been renewed for its third season.
6. Legends of Tomorrow (2016 – Present)