Pureheart the Powerful is coming to Riverdale. At least, in the form of a Halloween costume.
Entertainment Tonight has released some new still images from the upcoming Halloween episode of Riverdale Season 4, simply titled, "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween." One of these photos sees KJ Apa's Archie Andrews sporting a superhero getup, complete with red and blue tights, a blue cape and a heart symbol on his chest with a big letter "P" on it.
Fans of the original Archie Comics will recognize this costume as the outfit of Pureheart the Powerful, the titular teenager's superhero alter ego. Pureheart originated in 1965 as a part of a story in which Archie invokes's "PH factor," which grants superpowers to the rare person who is pure of heart. This idea quickly caught on -- given the fact this was right in the middle of the superhero boom of the '60s -- with the other teenagers of Riverdale getting superhero personas of their own.
Pureheart the Powerful and Captain Hero (Jughead Jones' superhero identity) even got their own solo titles. And though most of Archie Comics' superhero tales wrapped up by 1967, Pureheart and the Archie Super Teens continued to make sporadic appearances over the years, even getting a brief series of their own in the '90s.
This particular offshoot of the Archie universe has been referenced on Riverdale before. At the top of The CW series' second season, Cole Sprouse's Jughead joked that Archie is like a superhero, given the number of people he's saved. He then goes on to dub his friend, "Pureheart the Powerful." Evidently, Archie took this to heart when crafting his Halloween outfit this year.
Airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos, Skeet Ulrich, Marisol Nichols and Madchen Amick.