When “Riverdale” arrives on The CW, it won’t look a whole lot like your dad’s Archie Comics. Though the show will share characters and settings from Archie Andrews’ sprawling world, it won’t be a straight up adaptation of the comics’ beloved canon, but that doesn’t mean it won’t share some additional similarities. During a set visit, KJ Apa — who plays Archie himself — weighed in on his familiarity with the comics and compared the show to Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ recent “Archie” run.
“I think our show is most similar to the recent adaptation by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples,” he shared. “It’s still similar in terms of characters and the classic, iconic love triangle between Archie, Veronica and Betty, but it’s more similar to the most recent adaptation than to the ones that were like 50 years ago.”
He also recalled his first brush with Archie Comics, saying, “My first encounter would have been receiving the audition sides, and the script. I read the script before I went into the audition. I didn’t know anything about it, so I researched it, and I called my dad and I asked him, because I knew he kind of read them, and he told me about them and he filled me in and then I went in there, knowing a bit more.”
He added that he hasn’t yet had an encounter with any die-hard Archie Comics fans. “It hasn’t quite happened like that yet! I mean, no one knows who I am!” he explained. “I’m just a kid from New Zealand, I guess, but people have kind of warned me that it’s going to happen, but you can’t imagine it happening until it happens. I’ve been watching Cole [Sprouse, who plays Jughead], and it happens to him a lot. I don’t quite know how I’m going to deal with it. I’ve got to figure something out, I guess!”
Additionally, Apa is totally up for a crossover in the vein of “Archie vs. Predator” or “Archie vs. Sharknado.” Asked if he would be interested in an inter-genre crossover, he seemed intrigued at the prospect. “Oh, that’d be sick, eh? I don’t know how that would work though! I’ve actually thought about that myself, like, how would that work? Like, get me in the ‘Avengers’ movie or something!” he said.
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” will debut Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and more. “Breakfast Club” alum Molly Ringwald will also recur as Archie’s mother Mary.
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