THE TICK, Ron Perlman, Patrick Warburton, 'Couples', (Season 1), 2001-2002, © Columbia TriStar / Cou

When word made the Internet rounds that Ben Edlund confirmed a The Tick reboot was in development, everyone wanted to know one thing. Was Patrick Warburton coming back or would that role be recast? Now we’ve got an answer, or at least the hint of an answer that should allow fans to breath a little easier.

Movieweb caught up with Warburton and got some details, or at least the details that Warburton felt he could share:

I’m really not at liberty to discuss anything in regards to The Tick right now. I will say, isn’t it ironic that Captain Liberty’s friend isn’t at liberty? Are there discussions? I would say things look very interesting and positive. I love The Tick. I’d love to do it again. I never would have thought I’d have the opportunity to do this again. I think it would be a blast to do it again. We’ll see what happens. One thing about The Tick, he is an insane character. I guess he doesn’t have to be 29 years-old like Thor, I guess. He’ll be 50 battling evil. I’d love to see what Ben Edlund’s new vision for it is. I think it will be different. Perhaps a little darker and a little edgier. We’ll see what happens.

Although he’s excited about the prospect of the reboot, one thing he isn’t looking forward to is:

I’d love to do it. It was the most fun I ever had. Except wearing the suit. When you put on a suit, and you need two tubes of K-Y Jelly to assist in putting on the suit, and then you basically spend the next 12 hours in a soup of sweat and K-Y jelly, its a side of it…That’s not the most fun. There have been characters throughout the years, from Star Trek to The Walking Dead, and its not fun wearing that thing.

Does Warburton know where the original suit is now?

That suit is in a crate, in one of the largest warehouses in Washington D.C. Its placed right next to the Ark of the Covenant. I’m not sure why it got such a special locker situation. I guess the Government sees it that way.

Warburton speculates that there might be a new suit:

There were probably five different Tick costumes for the original series. I would assume there would be a new design. Let’s say hypothetically that The Tick, we’re going to attack it again. It would be all-new. It would be a new conception. There are so many advantages to the creatives today, that there weren’t 12 years ago. As far as doing things, and creating a whole new world for The Tick. It would have been too costly and hard to do 12 years ago.

What does Warburton think about all the attention this reboot announcement is getting on the Internet?

I remember a couple of years ago, Entertainment Weekly still referred to The Tick as one of the top five prematurely canceled shows of all-time. And there was a page a couple months ago that said, “TV shows we want more of.” And The Tick was mentioned as one of those. I would hazard to say that it was one of the only shows mentioned out of all 25 shows that had only eight or nine episodes. But it’s great. We live now, the way the world of entertainment has evolved, there are all these different channels and avenues to find things. You can’t hide, bury or kill something like Fox did 12 years ago. If its good and its entertaining, people will see it. I would never argue that The Tick we created was perfect by any means. You have to find a show like that. I think it is a testament to Ben Edlund, and Barry Sonnenfeld and Larry Charles. Everyone who was involved back then, in trying to find the show in only 8 or 9 episodes. Or the limited means that we wouldn’t have to deal with today, to make something that was lasting or enjoyable. Once again, it was not perfect. But apparently it did have a modicum of charm and charisma for it to be where it is today. I don’t know what is happening, but I would love to have something where we are really given a shot to make the show that we want to make. I think Ben’s newest vision and truest vision for the show is a darker edgier spin.
One interesting point that Warburton makes is about the improvements in technology  that will make a big difference in how this series is developed, stories and villains that can now jump right off the comic book pages or the animated series that back in the day were just not possible to bring to the small screen without blowing the budget all out of wack.
What about the other roles? Will any of those actors and actresses be willing, or available to come back?
Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell) tweeted this a few days ago:

Looks like Carbonell is open to coming back for the role, but what about the rest of the cast?

No word yet about Arthur (David Burke) or Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey). At this stage it’s hard to tell if Edlund will even want to bring the original cast back, besides Warburton that is. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role of the Tick.
I’m betting that we’ll get a lot more guest stars like Ron Perlman and the like as the series develops. Who would you like to see guest star? For me, my list is topped by Nathan Fillion, Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen together as villains, and Linda Carter.

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