Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has spent the first half of its debut season finding its way. Oddly enough, it's been criticized for avoiding comic plot points and having bad dialogue and boring characters. But its later episodes have shown improvement. Meanwhile, Arrow's embraced its rich history by tapping into major characters from the DC Universe.
So which show is winning the battle for comic-based TV show supremacy? Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg doesn't see the need to pit them against each other. They're in the same genre but are still apples and oranges.
In a recent interview Kreisberg said, “We don’t really feel like we’re in competition with anybody else. We’re only trying to outdo ourselves as we move forward. I think all of us here — not just as writers but as viewers — are thrilled that we’re in what feels like a golden age of comic book adaptations in both film and television.”
He's referring to the recent interest in comic-based shows; currently, several are being developed at major networks like Fox and NBC. “We’re excited to be part of this real shift in the TV landscape that includes S.H.I.E.L.D. and, hopefully, for next season, Gotham and Constantine, and even the Daredevil show, which I’m really excited about.”
Do you think there's any competition between the two?