“The Tick” is returning to television with a reboot at Amazon Prime, and comic book creator Ben Edlund — who wrote and drew “The Tick” series through the ’80s and ’90s — is along for the ride to shape the character for the small screen once again. He recently opened up about the reboot’s take on the property, which he says maintains its comedic slant, but presents itself in a “darker” and “more grounded” manner.
“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,” Edlund told Entertainment Weekly. “It will be darker and more grounded. And it’s going to have a real story, a real hero’s myth. We’re the ones that get to have fun with it and that’s kind of the situation where right now that’s an open field in this area of entertainment.”
Edlund went on to describe the comic book influence on the series, saying continuity will play a big role in the series: “I love continuity and playing a seriality that is very close to what comics always have been, which is when something happens it gets fed into the ongoing canon and that becomes part of the fabric of the reality that that universe holds. To me, that’s something [that] is still super valuable, even in the humor universe.”
Starring Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as the titular character, and executive produced by Barry Josephson, Patrick Warburton, Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV, “The Tick” pilot will be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.