The Tick Reboot Could Change Superhero Landscape
In today’s crowded superhero landscape, Amazon’s The Tick reboot has the chance to “do something really different.”
Created in 2001, the live action version of The Tick was cancelled after just nine episodes. Though the show raked in an average of 4 million viewers on each episode, Fox considered the numbers catastrophic.
Via The Tick animated series
“I said at the time the network didn’t necessarily get it,” Barry Johnson, executive producer of both the original and reboot series, told Entertainment Weekly. “And I don’t know that we were doing exactly the version that was right, but we were happy with it.”
Despite its perceived failure, the show garnered a cult-like following for its satire. “We’ve got this show about superheroes [where] we get to have fun with the idea of superheroes by starting with kind of a comedic parody of [an] event-oriented-like universe,” creator Ben Edlund said. The Tick will be “darker and more grounded,” with a “real story, a real hero’s myth.”
Amazon’s straight-to-series format allows The Tick to “go deeper into character and story,” mimicking the “continuity” and “seriality” that comic books offer.
The Tick was ordered for pilot earlier in March. Guardians of the Galaxy actor Peter Serafinowicz will play The Tick, taking over for Patrick Warburton—the actor who starred in the original series, but is now signed on as executive producer.
The surreal superhero took number 57 on IGN’s top 100 comic book heroes.
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