Superhero spoof comedy The Tick is set to return with a new look and all new cast when it premiers on Amazon as part of its fall comedy pilot season.
The Tick was originally created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for New England Comics, and later adapted into an independent comic book series in 1988. The story follows the adventures of a “strange blue superhero” who takes his name from an annoying parasite and spoofs more mainstream characters.
The Tick Returns On Amazon With All-Star Cast
Amazon announced The Tick will return next month on its streaming service after releasing the show’s banner, giving fans a glimpse of the superhero’s new costume. The streaming giant disclosed more details about the new program in a statement released on Thursday.
“In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead,” the statement reads. “As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.”
Gizmodo reports the program will star British actor Peter Serafinowicz of Guardians of the Galaxy fame alongside Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion).
The Dark Knight director Wally Pfister is set to take the helm of the series with executive producer Ben Edlund penning the scripts. Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld are also listed as executive producers.
The new Amazon pilot is the first live-action treatment for The Tick since the early 2000s. The strange blue superhero was made into a conventional sitcom in late 2001, and ran only nine episodes on broadcast television. The series was released to DVD in 2003.
The sitcom was initially praised for its sharp writing and whit, but critics argued the format made it unsuitable for network TV.
“It was too smart. Too funny. Too weird,” Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross wrote of the first live-action attempt. “So, of course, it failed.”