The Tick TV return

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.

MovieWeb talked to Warburton, who had quite a few things to say about the new show. He said he’s not allowed to say much, and wouldn’t ben confirm that the show is happening, much less that it will air on Amazon. We also don’t know about the rest of the cast. Would actors such as Ron Perlman (above) return, too? We don’t know.

Warburton did say:

I love The Tick. I’d love to do it again. I never would have thought I’d have the opportunity to do this again. I think it would be a blast to do it again. We’ll see what happens. One thing about The Tick, he is an insane character. I guess he doesn’t have to be 29 years-old like Thor, I guess. He’ll be 50 battling evil. I’d love to see whatBen Edlund’s new vision for it is. I think it will be different. Perhaps a little darker and a little edgier. We’ll see what happens.

The original comic book conception of the character (also by Edlund) was less overtly goofy and a bit more damaged than what we saw on TV either in animation or live-action. And given where things have gone with superheroes on TV and in film since The Tick was originally on Fox, “darker and edgier” isn’t a surprise.

And what about the costume? It’s not a stretch to think we’d see a new version, given the advances in costume materials made in the last decade.

There were probably five different Tick costumes for the original series. I would assume there would be a new design. Let’s say hypothetically thatThe Tick, we’re going to attack it again. It would be all-new. It would be a new conception. There are so many advantages to the creatives today, that there weren’t 12 years ago. As far as doing things, and creating a whole new world forThe Tick. It would have been too costly and hard to do 12 years ago.

And, in fact, a new suit would probably be great. Because the old one was not comfortable.
It was the most fun I ever had. Except wearing the suit. When you put on a suit, and you need two tubes of K-Y Jelly to assist in putting on the suit, and then you basically spend the next 12 hours in a soup of sweat and K-Y jelly, its a side of it…That’s not the most fun. There have been characters throughout the years, from Star Trek to The Walking Dead, and its not fun wearing that thing.
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