Patrick Warbuton famously portrayed comic book character The Tick in Fox’s rip-roaring live-action series in the early 2000s, while Townsend Coleman lent his voice to the character in the ‘90s cartoon. Now that Amazon Studios is resurrecting this property for a new series, a new Tick has been found.
Comedian Peter Serafinowicz, who played the chest-grabbing Aldo in Paul Feig’s Spy and a member of the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, has found his next gig. Deadline announced his casting as the actor joins Griffin Newman (HBO’s Vinyl), who’s playing The Tick’s sidekick Arthur, who’s been labeled a schizophrenic when nobody else believes evil is planning on taking over the city. Valorie Curry (House of Lies) plays Arthur’s sister Dot, who worries for him. The series will see The Tick re-donning his famous blue suit to fight evil after recovering from memory loss. Warbuton is expected to return to the series as an executive producer, while Transcendence director Wally Pfister helms the pilot episode.
Now that we’re sufficiently into the Golden Age of comic book movies, this seems like a good time to introduce The Tick to modern audiences. As hinted by Deadpool, superhero lovers are looking for something different and perhaps even raunchy, which The Tick can do in his own unique brand of humor. Elsewhere, Marvel is developing its versions of a superhero sitcom for ABC with Damage Control (about a team that cleans up the messes left by superheroes) and another one on the way. DC is also getting in on this game with the Vanessa Hudgens-led Powerless, a workplace comedy following normal characters as they live in an abnormal world of superhumans.
No release date has yet been announced, though we’re sure to hear more in the weeks ahead.