Taking something old and adding a “darker” tone is definitely the current fad today in Hollywood. Thanks to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, how can you blame creators for trying it with everything – literally. However, in this sense, it may actually work. Check out this first clip of The Tick coming to soon to Amazon.
“It’s a tremendous balancing act because it had to have stakes, it had to have blood, it had to have certain things that are part of the living language of superheroes in the popular culture today. It has a responsibility if it wants to play in that pool to have life and death, to have a relationship to violence that none of the other iterations did. And so how do you have The Tick slip in a pool of blood and have it be funny? You have to find a very specific tone.”
What about Arthur (Griffin Newman)? Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite side-kick hasn’t been left out. In fact, you can say that Arthur’s been promoted to co-lead. To clarify, the show may be named after the big guy in the blue suit, but it’s also pays more attention to his faithful companion in a way that hasn’t been seen before. According to Edlund,
“He’s the main character. He’s the one who has the arc. He’s the one who gives us the shoes you wear to pass through this universe. In the previous live-action, there really wasn’t the time taken to build what is usually a compelling main character story. So I mean The Tick is no less an important character than Arthur — he’s titular — but it was really important to take this human character seriously and give us a chance to really bond with him and be with him emotionally and then have him encounter the strangest entity in his universe.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly