Choose between tiny Eleven, adorable tiny Demogorgon, a t-shirt, a Barb candle or a hat.
So cheered parts of the audience in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center as the panel for “The Tick” kicked off. After a brief welcome from moderator Ralph Garman, attendees were treated to the world premiere of the second episode of the show (the pilot premiered on Amazon Video last year) ahead of the show’s streaming premiere date of August 25.
For the uninitiated, the Tick is a blue-clad superhero who, sure, may not seem like he’s quite all there and may have an unconventional battle cry (i.e. “Spooooon!”), but he really just wants to help everyone and protect people from evildoers, with the help of his reluctant sidekick, Arthur. The Tick started out as a comic book hero in the late 1980s but crossed over to animation (cult favorite “The Tick: The Animated Series” on Fox) and then to a previous live-action series in 2001.
On the panel were Tick creator Ben Edlund and a large chunk of the cast, including Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), Griffin Newman (Arthur), Jackie Earle Haley (The Terror), Valorie Curry (Dot), Yara Martinez (Miss Lint), Brendan Hines (Superion), Scott Speiser (Overkill) and Michael Cerveris (Ramses). Also there were executive producers Barry Josephson and David Fury.
In a brief discussion before the audience QA session, Serafinowicz said that when he first read the script, the Tick seemed like a “super-powerful toddler.” In the episode screened for the audience, that innocent and earnest quality definitely came through. Which was pretty impressive, given that he conveyed this while wearing a. There also seemed to be a touch of Adam West in there as well, and Serafinowicz cited the classic ’66 Batman when asked for any influences in his portrayal.
Another tidbit gleaned from the QA: Characters from the animated series are in a bit of a rights limbo, but if that can be resolved, it’s a possibility that they could show up in the future.
The Tick starts streaming its first six episodes on Amazon Video on August 25. The other six will debut next year.
When the book was first announced, Mojang’s Marsh Davies described it as a “cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.” In the book, the cuboid hero will face hunger, the elements and, yes, zombies that roam the island at night.
Del Rey, the publishing house in charge of the project, called the book the launch of a series when the partnership with Brooks was revealed, so this might be the first of many. If you’re curious and looking for something to read for the weekend, you can get a copy right now from Microsoft’s Books store.
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Four of the biggest heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are about to blow your mind. No, not any of the Avengers, the Defenders. All hailing from their own corners of New York City, the four Netflix-Marvel shows are about to collide in a major way.
“The Defenders” will focus on Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones).
The Netflix-Marvel show is massive; not only is it bringing together four larger-than-life characters, the release is the culmination of 5 years of prep and planning.
Showrunner Marco Ramirez said that all roads led here: “Along the way there have been things we’ve seen but not investigated until this show.
“I was there the first day the writers’ room was meeting (on ‘Daredevil’) and I remember we were just spit-balling a bunch of big ideas, and one of them was particularly big and Jeph Loeb was in the room and said, ‘Things like that, that’s probably “The Defenders”.'”
Also impressive is the size of the extended cast, which includes: Sigourney Weaver as the main antagonist Alexandra; Elodie Yung (Elektra), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Eka Darville (Malcolm), Elden Henson (Foogy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Scott Glenn (The Stick), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth) and Simone Missick (Misty Knight).
Asked if he was ever overwhelmed by the sheer size of this project, Ramirez said simply “yes.”
“It’s massive…and a lot of people have been betting on this for quite awhile,” he expanded. “Not to mention the many fans worldwide and the fact that I’m personally a fan of this stuff. I grew up with comic books in my backpack, not textbooks.”
Weaver said her character is more brains than brawn — not that she couldn’t hold her own in a fight! “I think she has all those skills, (but now) she has a number of ninjas that protect her. But I think in the past she has done all those things.”
She said Alexandra sees the Defenders separately as young, passionate idealists, who could just be so talented if they worked for her instead. “Given enough time, I feel I could win (Iron Fist) over. I’m sure that’s true of Luke Cage, I could put a lot of resources in Harlem. You know, I feel like if I had the time to win each of them over (I could).
“But when they come together, it’s very hard to…isolate them.”
Not everyone is so confident in the Defenders ability to work together. Alluding to the first meeting between Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Jones and Colter are not immediately best friends.
One of the things Danny learns from Luke is to “take his responsibility a bit more seriously,” said Jones. “I have this enormous power because I’m head of this company, and can use that in more intelligent ways than just flashing some cash around or going around punching stuff.”
Colter said Luke brings experience to the partnership and isn’t afraid to put Danny in his place and helps him realize he needs to grow up.
“We’ve got four characters who have no interest in being part of a team,” said Cox. “And yet, one of the things Matt has learned is he can’t do this by himself.”
A team of misfits isn’t exactly terrible; it’s just harder. Here’s hoping “The Defenders” keep it together long enough to save New York City.
“The Defenders” premieres August 18 on Netflix.
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