The world of superheroes is about to welcome back one of its goofiest citizens. On Thursday, Amazon revealed an August 19 premiere date for the pilot episode of its "The Tick" reboot.
"The Tick" fans are only guaranteed one episode. Amazon asks its Prime members to stream and review the pilots. The company takes that feedback and then decides whether to order an entire season of the new shows.
"The Tick" started as a cult-favorite comic and later became an animated show. The Tick may not be the world's smartest superhero, but he has a big heart and a fantastic blue muscle suit.
Patrick Warburton originally portrayed The Tick on screen for a short-lived 2001 live-action television series. British actor Peter Serafinowicz, known for "Guardians of the Galaxy" and voicing Darth Maul from Star Wars, takes over the superhero duties for the reboot. Griffin Newman from HBO's "Vinyl" takes on the role of Arthur, an accountant who becomes The Tick's moth-costumed sidekick.
Here's Amazon synopsis for the show: "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 supervillain long thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero." Fans who still mourn the early cancellation of the original live-action series have a lot to look forward to.
"The Tick" will be accompanied by two other comedy pilots. "I Love Dick" is a book adaptation described as "an exploration of the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire." The other, "Jean-Claude Van Johnson," follows the adventures of martial-arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme as "the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world."