In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (spotted by Slashfilm), The Tick creator Ben Edlund discussed the new take on its world for the upcoming Amazon pilot. But he invoked words that may cause a shudder in some of the faithful.
“It will be darker and more grounded,” said Edlund. “And it’s going to have a real story, a real hero’s myth. We’re the ones that get to have fun with it and that’s kind of the situation where right now that’s an open field in this area of entertainment.”
A dark Tick may not be the first thing some fans would say they want from the new series.
Edlund also said the pilot will put the character into “a comedic parody of [an] event-oriented-like universe,” so it is likely the new show will not be as dark as some of the current superhero offerings like Daredevil or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But at the same time, it would seem the program will not be as lighthearted as the Tick’s previous live-action outing or the animated series that preceded it.
Or perhaps, the darker grounding will be a source of jokes as the program evolves. Amazon’s head of head of half-hour series Joe Lewis said part of the appeal of The Tick is its satirical edge. “I feel like it has found this unique place where it’s long existed as a satire and I thought that we had the possibility here to do something really different,” he said. “Something that’s filled with satire but also true to action-comedies and superhero comedies.”
While using the phrase “darker and more grounded” can certainly conjure up a mirthless image, it is also possible that the show — should it get past Amazon’s pilot season — will still aim for a jokey tone in the midst of action, not unlike Edlund’s contributions to shows like Angel and Supernatual.
But it also give the wait to see The Tick pilot an added edge.