For 30 years now, The Tick has existed on the periphery of comic book culture in the realm of cult appreciation, but near mainstream obscurity. Sure, there have been attempts to create a successful transition to other media, but The Tick’s cult status has been one that’s difficult to shake, especially for ratings hungry TV networks. But in the era of Peak TV, you don’t need millions of viewers to be a successful series, and in the same way that streaming video sites have saved numerous cult-favourite IPs, The Tick was chosen for resurrection by Amazon, and now, you’re guaranteed to get at least one full season of the new Tick.
Amazon Studios has officially announced that The Tick will be part of its 2017 class of pilots that will be going to series. The Tick, starring Peter Serafinowicz as the title character along with Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Brendan Hines will be produced by original Tick creator Ben Edlund, and Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld. Wally Pfister, cinematographer for The Dark Knight trilogy, directed the pilot.
According the plot synopsis, “In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, the new The Tick series follows an underdog accountant with zero powers who 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 first appeared as the mascot of New England Comics in 1986 and appeared in his own comic two years later. An animated series ran for two seasons on Fox Kids in 1994, and a live-action series premiered on Fox in the fall of 2001, but was cancelled after only a couple of episodes. Amazon’s series will debut sometime in 2017.
Source: Superhero Hype