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Can comic-book TV shows please the fanboys (and fangirls)?

Television » ‘The Flash,’ ‘Gotham’ and ‘Constantine’ will face their toughest critics.

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"We’ve incorporated almost everything from the mythology into it and added a whole new backstory with S.T.A.R. Labs and that team," said Johns.

There have been other accommodations, such as casting Iris (Candice Patton) and Detective West (Jesse L. Martin) as African Americans.

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Premiere dates

“Gotham” is scheduled to premiere Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on Fox/Ch. 13.

“The Flash” is scheduled to premiere Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. on CW/Ch. 30.

“Constantine” is scheduled to premiere Friday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m. on NBC/Ch. 5.

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"We really wanted the show to be more reflective of the world that we live in," said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.

Johns wrote the most recent comic-book version of "The Flash," adding a plotline about the murder of Barry’s mother and his father’s implication in that crime. That carries over directly into the TV series.

"When I wrote the comic, it was really about giving him an emotional anchor that would hold him back," Johns said. "He could have easily become a Batman-like character, but Barry Allen’s an optimist and having that hope — of keeping hold of that hope despite the tragedy in his past — makes him an even better hero."

"You’re right," said Greg Berlanti, executive producer of "The Flash" (and "Arrow"), who’s been a big "Flash" fan since he was about 12. "That part of the character’s life in rebirth. And I always thought that was a great place to sort of start with the show."

Speaking of fanboys, Berlanti and Kreisberg — who also helm "Arrow" — are right up there with the best of them.

Tom Cavanagh, who co-stars in "Flash" as Harrison Wells, said he’s been into comic books since he was a kid and thought he knew a lot about them "until I met these guys. … I used to think I knew stuff, and now I realize I know nothing."

There are, however, fans out there who know everything about the comic books. Or who think they do.

Ryan said he has a friend who’s "a huge comic-book fan" who has been talking to him about Constantine "for years."

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"Then when the audition came around, he sat me down and he was, like, ‘It’s got to be like this. John’s got to be like this.’ So I’ve kind of got this fan who’s going to be my harshest critic of the show, kind of keeping me in [line]."

Scott D. Pierce covers television for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at spierce@sltrib.com; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.

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