"The Tick," a new Amazon Studios series
premiering on Friday, follows the adventures of eccentric
superhero The Tick, a man in a blue spandex suit with feelers
sticking out of his head who has no memory of his own origins.
He and his bumbling sidekick Arthur fight incompetently against
strange villains like Ramses IV, Ms. Lint, The Terror and
Overkill, while encountering respected superheroes.
"It's set in the real world where superheroes exist. I'm also a
superhero, but even the superheroes think I'm weird," actor
Peter Serafinowicz said in an interview of playing The Tick.
Superheroes have saturated Hollywood in recent years, including
Disney-owned Marvel's 2008 action "Iron Man" and Warner Bros
rebooting the DC Universe with Batman, Superman and Wonder
On television, shows such as "Gotham," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"
and Netflix's "The Defenders" have offered a more in-depth take
on superhero stories.
The Tick, created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986, has had two
previous iterations on television, in a 1994 animated series and
in a 2001 live-action series. The story has "always been in
dialogue with whatever has been big in superhero pop culture at
the time," said actor Griffin Newman, who plays Arthur.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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