The Tick has always been a favorite. Of all the superhero parodies, the boisterous, big-hearted goofball in the big blue suit stands out as true to his word, as ridiculous as he may be.
This time around, it’s Peter Serafinowicz donning the bug suit. Best known for voicing Darth Maul, Serafinowicz has bounced between weirdo and straight man in comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Couples Retreat, making him a potentially outstanding fit for this job. The new show will be available for streaming come August 19th through Amazon, who just today revealed a first look along with a series synopsis.
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 Tick really is one of those rare instances where multiple adaptations are welcomed, as they don’t tend to stay too long and they’re true to the absurdist source (and always treated with love). Its ‘90s cartoon incarnation as well as its early 2000s live-action series were both short-lived yet well-praised. You can’t imagine this outing would be all that different in its dedication to and love for the screwball superhero antics.
Sure, it’ll be hard to top an actual animated series as well as the Patrick Warburton, who can channel overly confident silliness better than half the cartoon characters out there. But Serafinowicz and crew look like they’re up to the task.