Okay. So. Why am I talking about Archie Comics? What on earth do Jughead, Archie, Betty, and Veronica have to do with a dark Twin Peaks-esque TV show?
Welcome to Riverdale.
Yes, those of you who remember the comics from back in the day will know that Riverdale is Archie’s home town, and it’s usually a place of innocent hi-jinks and good clean fun. Now that the comics have been rebooted (although I haven’t read the newer ones), the CW in the US and Netflix in the UK are airing this new series based on the rebooted comics. While on the surface this murder mystery in a town that has plenty of secrets seems like something we’ve all seen before (*cough* Twin Peaks, Pretty Little Liars *cough*) it’s different because the Archie comics’ characters are so well known.
The television show itself is full of twists and fairly grown up themes. The darkness added to the wholesome Archie characters doesn’t seem forced (they were always a little too happy in the old comics). Mädchen Amick‘s presence in the cast brings Twin Peaks to mind, while 90210 alum Luke Perry rebalances it slightly towards a high school drama, and the show switches between the two genres masterfully, aided well by Cole Sprouse‘s narration as Jughead.
Three episodes in and I’m loving the show enough to give it a 4/5 rating, but that’s partly because of my fondness for the characters of old. People not quite as familiar with the comics may not be so generous.
Looks like Hulu is getting on board the MCU train!
Announced this morning, an adaptation of the Marvel comic Runaways to the small screen. Interestingly enough it isn’t coming to Netflix, with whom Marvel already has a handful of MCU shows, but to Hulu instead. From that I would guess that they’re going for a different tone, probably lighter, than the Netflix MCU shows – which I think is a smart move as this is a show starring children. For those that don’t know, Runaways is about a group of teenagers who make the unfortunate discovery that their parents are members of an evil syndicate called “The Pride” and decide to band together and fight back.
As for the show itself, it will be led by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage as showrunners, knows for their work on Gossip Girls. While we don’t have a debut date yet and there’s no current talk of casting, I for one am pretty excited about this one – I was a huge fan of the comic series. Count on us here at Geeks of the Round to follow up on this as more information is revealed. Are you looking forward to this as well? Let us know in the comments!
Editors note: The opinions expressed here are those of myself, Matthew Moore, and not.. nah.. screw this. I know my people, we all know this to be true. There will be cursing however. So if you are easily offended by that or conversations about race, I suggest staying away from all things Marvel dating as far back as the 1963 with the first publication of “X-Men”.
Luke Cage is black.
I know, it comes as a shock to many of you, but he is. He grew up and now lives in Harlem. Harlem which boasts such streets as Martin Luther King Blvd, Malcolm X Blvd, Frederick Douglas Blvd and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, is a predominantly black area. This show takes place in that neighborhood.
I mention this because I am waiting for the shit storm. I am waiting for the articles and comments “This show is too black” or “they excluded whites, so how is that equality?”. I am waiting for that to happen and it will enrage me. 1 in 7 people within the US identify as “black”. That’s a lot of people. Yet the idea that they get fair representation in media is laughable, even within Marvel’s own shows. Daredevil, season 1 for example. In Hell’s kitchen, two fleshed out characters that weren’t white. One was an evil Chinese stereotype, the other was Claire Temple. Two.. that’s it, in all of Hell’s kitchen, which is half white, which means other half should be be.. non-white.
Jessica Jones is another example. The show is about equality. That women can do everything men can and they generally go through more doing it. That’s awesome! Great! But in a show that partially takes place in Hell’s Kitchen and partial takes place in Harlem, there are two non-whites highlighted in the show, Claire Temple again and Luke Cage. Even the guy who watches Luke Cage’s bar, IN HARLEM, when Luke Cage is not around, is white. That may be honest to the established story, but it is not honest to the neighborhoods portrayed.
So lets be honest. A show that takes place in Harlem should have almost all black characters. And it does. Looking at the trailer I saw three white guys in the background (never their face), one Puerto Rican (Shades Alvarez, played by Theo Rossi), two Chinese and the rest of the cast shown, which is substantial, black. This is actually accurate to the neighborhood portrayed and its about time.
Bonus points: They didn’t go to the extreme of that and make the villain white. (White devil stereotype) even though they easily could have with the return of Kingpin.
Will there be a white in this show that is highlighted? I am positive there will be, it might even be Daredevil. Every show has to have their token minority. Please don’t be upset because your preferred genre of shows and movies actually decides (for once) to portray the demographics of an area accurately.
So tell us what you think. You can do it either here in the comments or in our forums. Please note that while everyone’s opinions matter, if we think you are intentionally trolling or are outright being racist, you will be deleted or even banned. Your opinions still matter, just not here. We’d love to hear from the rest of you though!
Here is another look at the trailer:
Luke Cage released it first trailer today, 7 weeks away from its pending premiere. It looks.. AMAZING! Check it out here!
So what did you think? Let us know in the comments, on the Geeks of the Round forums or.. I wrote an article on the racial social impact this show should bring, talk with us there!
Hey guys, its Matt again, and as promised, we have the CW DC show sneak peeks. Check them out!
First, The Flash!
Then, Legends of Tommorow!
And lastly a sizzle reel for last season of all the shows including a new addition, Supergirl!
So what did you think? Did you notice that Hawkgirl and Hawkman were not in the sizzle reel (presumably because they are not in the upcoming season) but Cat Grant is? I think it may be possible she will be in this upcoming season, but we will see!
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Matt here –
I am happy to say that at San Diego Comic Con today Netflix dropped three teasers for their upcoming Marvel Shows, one for Luke Cage with footage, one for Defenders without footage, and a sizzle reel that contains mostly used footage, but some new stuff as well. Check it out!
First: Luke Cage!
Then: Iron Fist!
Lastly: Marvel Sizzle Reel
So what do you think? I personally think the Netflix shows are the only good Marvel shows going right now, but I want to know what you think! Comment down below or visit us at forums.geeksoftheround.com!