Remember The Tick? You know, “Spooon!” If you don’t, let’s recap: Ben Edlund created The Tick in 1986 as a mascot, absurdist parody of superheros, which spun off into its own comic in 1988. After the popularity of the character rose (due, mostly, to be downright hilarious), he received a children’s animated cartoon on Fox in 1994. His likability and fame rocketed ever higher, which resulted in a short-lived live action TV series in 2001, starring Patrick Warburton as the blue-clad crusader (and it was an honest-to-goodness perfect casting choice). After years of fan clamor for some sort of continuation or reboot, Amazon decided to step up to the plate. Now, at SDCC 2016, we’ve gotten word of a release.
Amazon will premiere the pilot of The Tick on August 19th of this year. In addition, they have also given fans an official synopsis of the show:
“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. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.”
The synopsis above wouldn’t lead you to know, but Ben Edlund, as mentioned, is the character’s original creator, and has been involved with the character’s every incarnation. It’s also interesting to see that many of the talent involved are heavily associated with more serious works in the superhero genre, such as Wally Pfister, who manned cinematography for The Dark Knight trilogy under Christopher Nolan.
Get ready for more comedic romping in the world of The Tick, because as the character himself once said, “Don’t ever try to swim against the mighty tide of justice!” The pilot for The Tick will be available on Amazon Video on August 19th, 2016. For more SDCC updates and coverage, keep checking us out here or on Facebook.