Since his creation as a comic book store newsletter mascot in 1986, the character of The Tick has never left the hands of creator Ben Edlund. By 1988, Edlund was writing and drawing the adventures of this blue-suited superhero in a self-published comic book. In 1994, he created an animated series based on the character and his ensemble of enemies and allies that ran for three seasons. In 2001, he created a short-lived but beloved live action TV show, with the great Patrick Warburton filling out the suit. Now, The Tick and Edlund are back and heading to Amazon’s pilot season, where subscribers can watch the first episode of new shows that are under consideration for full season pick-ups and cast their votes on which pilots they enjoy the most.
While you won’t be able to sample the show until next month, you can take a first look at Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick, whose new costume is…a little tight in a few key areas.
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Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’re the kind of person who adores comic book shows and fantasy movies — and judging by the fact that you’re on /Film, we’re guessing you are — prepare to see a lot of Jackie Earle Haley over the next couple of years. Not only is he set to star in AMC’s Preacher, he’s just snapped up roles in Amazon’s The Tick and Nikolaj Arcel‘s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower. Not surprisingly, given his knack for playing colorful and creepy characters, he’ll be playing villains in all of them. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
When the original The Tick live-action series debuted in 2001, it was a very different time for superheroes. X-Men had hit theaters the year before, but Spider-Man, Batman Begins, and Iron Man were still to come, and while comic book shows were definitely around (Smallville debuted that same season), they were nowhere near as ubiquitous they are now.
In contrast, Amazon’s upcoming revival of The Tick is coming into a landscape dominated by Marvel and DC characters, with no end to the trend in sight. So how can The Tick, as yet another superhero series, make itself feel fresh and distinctive in the middle of a superhero boom? After the jump, the team behind The Tick discuss the revival’s “darker and more grounded” tone, and its still-unique position in the superhero genre. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
A couple of weeks ago we got the exciting news that Amazon’s revival of cult superhero comedy The Tick was on, with an official pilot order and everything. There was just one big catch: Patrick Warburton wouldn’t be filling that big blue suit again. Instead, the team involved (including Tick creator Ben Edlund) would go on the hunt for a new lead. And now they’ve found one in Peter Serafinowicz. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
The stories are true: cult favorite superhero series The Tick is coming back, courtesy of Amazon. We first heard about the possibility of a Tick revival back in 2014, and now Amazon has officially given a pilot order to a new take on the character created by Ben Edlund. Wally Pfister (Transcendence) is in talks to direct.
However, there’s a catch. Patrick Warburton, who brilliantly played the not-so-brilliant superhero in the earlier live-action TV series, will not reprise his role. Casting for a new lead is already underway. Meanwhile, Griffin Newman (Vinyl) and Valorie Curry (The Following) are already set for the roles of the Tick’s sidekick, Arthur, and Arthur’s sister, Dot. Read More »
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The Tick is returning to live-action television. News of the big dumb blue guy coming back was one of the most unexpected bits of revival news we’ve heard all year, but also among the most welcome. Patrick Warburton will once again play The Tick, a not-all-there hero who fights for justice in The City. Original character creator Ben Edlund will be on hand, too, to write and produce. And that’s about all we know. But now Warburton has dished a bit on the Tick TV return, saying that it could be a bit darker than the original show, and probably with a new version of the costume to boot. Read More »
Late on a Friday before a holiday weekend is the worst time to fact-check anything, so we’re in the position of praying this is true. A report says that Fox and Amazon have made a deal for Amazon to do a new live-action series based on Ben Edlund‘s The Tick. The show revolved around a giant, good-natured and bumbling hero played by Patrick Warburton. A spot-on blend of broad comedy and sharp satire, the show originally ran for only nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002. Or, as Edlund once described it: “a superheroic portrait of genuine human lameness.” The best news: Edlund and Warburton will both be part of The Tick revival.
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