In a smart move, the X-Men: Apocalypse will continued the periodization established by the X-Men: First Class film. Setting the film in the 1980s will allow the film to reflect the social issues of the era.
It is my contention that perhaps no superhero character highlights the reality of the postwar expectation and anxiety than Wally West. While Golden Age superhero provided a reflective and aspirational narrative linked to the rise of the United States, the Silver Age Flash highlighted the strain associated with post WWII realities. This television adaptation could be ripe with the same kind of symbolism.
The trailer for Gotham looks good. A prequel series linked to a Nolan inspired Batman cinematic universe makes a lot of sense. I also think creators have learned something from the success of the CW's Arrow. A rich mythology and gritty realism that keep the central concept in the forefront of the action is what makes that adaptation of the Green Arrow work. The producers of Gotham have the same look in mind. Utilizing fandom's knowledge of the mythology to create call outs that will get them excited. Yet, re-imagining the beginning of the comic book adventures frees the producers from falling into a narrative too insular for the common audience. I'm looking forward to the results.
The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) crowd is always an interesting gauge of how comics culture is evolving. A few years ago, the narrative around comics was dominated by concerns about an aging demographic. The logic was that an older, white and mostly male audience was not enough to keep the comics industry afloat. Today, thanks to the success of comics on the small and big screen, there is a lot of excitement around comic book culture. Yet, there remain some question if that success if changing the comic book print industry.
Some would argue that comic excitement is confined to "The Walking Dead" or "Avengers" fans that don't read the comic books. FCBD tests the hypothesis in the most basic way. If a more diverse audience comes out to comic book shops, than there might be greater interest generated by these adaptations that can be leverage by the print industry. Having gone to several FCBDs with this in mind, I can see the demographic and scope of comics culture…