Riverdale CW

Riverdale opens with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) explaining the summer that changed everyone’s lives. Since the character’s narration – he’s writing a novel – is filling audiences in on a teenager’s death, the tone is somber, which is a tone that doesn’t always work for the Riverdale pilot. When the first half-hour of the series gets dramatic, it feels too soon, as if the series’ creators, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti and their writers presume we’re already on board with these characters simply because of who they are. What does makes us like some of these characters in the pilot is not the forced drama, but the easygoing charm amongst the kids, especially Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes)

Below, read our Riverdale Comic-Con reaction.

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Back in 2014, Fox began developing a show based on the long-running comic book series “Archie.” Greg Berlanti–who’s no stranger to comic book adaptations, having worked on The Flash and Arrow–is producing Riverdale, and chief creative officer of Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl), wrote the pilot. The one-hour drama is no longer set up at Fox, though. The CW is the new home to the series, which stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Camilla Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones).

The first promo image–a shot of the main cast–was recently released. Below, check out the Riverdale first look.

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Michael J. Fox robot dog

Michael J. Fox has a new movie project, and it follows up on his three-film gig voicing the title character in the Stuart Little movies. Fox will voice a robot dog in A.R.C.H.I.E., a film about a robot dog voiced by Michael J. Fox. In fact, the movie seems to be mostly complete already, but the news of Fox signing on will give it that extra boost every robot dog movie can use. Read More »

Fox Developing Archie Comics TV Series ‘Riverdale’

Archie Comics

Following the successes of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., yet another comic book series is being turned into a TV show. Only this one’s not based on Marvel, DC, or indeed any superhero franchise at all.

Fox is developing Riverdale, a new drama based on characters from the Archie comics. Greg Berlanti (of Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl) is producing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the chief creative officer of Archie Comics) is writing. More on the Archie Comics TV series after the jump.

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Archie Girls

Girls‘ Adam Driver was the subject of some comic book rumors recently, as was his co-star Allison Williams. Now Girls creator Lena Dunham is getting some comic book news of her very own, albeit not of the superhero movie casting variety.

Dunham has been set to pen a four-issue story arc for Archie Comics, with the first installment debuting sometime in 2015. Apparently she’s a longtime fan of the series, and even owns the first Archie comic. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Archie Comics

Just about every other popular comic book character has made it to the big screen in one form or other, so it was just a matter of time before someone got it in their head to make Archie into a feature film. And that someone, apparently, is Warner Bros.

The studio has just closed a deal to make a live-action movie based on the long-running comic, with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the new Carrie) writing. There’s no official logline right now, but there’s reason to believe the team will spice up Archie’s usual high school shenanigans with the presence of zombies. Yes, really. Hit the jump to learn what Archie has to do with the undead.

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Take a break from reality for a minute with a couple of trailers for films you’ll never see. Or, as it really goes, trailers for a couple of films you’ll never see that are quite a bit like a great many other films you have seen. The Boston-set movies of the past decade get sent up in The Oscar-Winning Boston Movie, while Riverdale offers a new, ugly perspective on Archie comics. Read More »

Will We Soon See A Glut of Archie Comics Movies?


The news this week isn’t just slow; it is turning towards being completely irrelevant. First, there’s major casting news on the Secretariat movie, a film that screams ‘limited audience appeal’. Now there’s word that Archie Comics is now repped by CAA, which suggests that we could eventually see a bunch of film and television properties spun off from the long-running stories of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. Would any of you actually care about these theoretical films and shows? Read More »