This ain’t your mom’s Archie comics. Bleeding Cool has revealed several spoilers from the pilot of Riverdale, The CW’s new Archie series.
Yesterday, we reported that Veronica is the latest character to be cast in the teen drama.
Spoilers ahead! Rich Johnston, the founder of comic book news site Bleeding Cool, reportedly read a network draft of the Riverdale pilot and fans of the older, more wholesome Archie are in for a shock.
Pilot writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has envisioned Riverdale as a grittier, edgier take on the comic series about a young, red-headed teen (Archie Andrews) and his friends at Riverdale High.
From Johnston’s pilot description:
The script begins with a narrator talking about the town of Riverdale, and how it isn’t what people think. We are shown what may be familiar locations, the city hall, the cinema, Pop’s Chok’lit Shoppe Diner, but also derelict buildings with boarded up walls, graffiti and meth addicts. Because this is the real Riverdale, all of it, folks. This isn’t just Archie the TV series. It’s Betty & Veronica Mars.”
Johnston adds that the series begins with a character death and escalates from there to teacher-student relations and “suggestions of twincest too.”
But for all the shock value, and there is plenty of that, this is a clever, well balanced, teen thriller of a TV show. Funny, dark, expressing the confusion of characters who, rather than the sure stereotypes of the classic Archie comics, are teenagers who frankly don’t yet know who they are, so why the hell should we? It’s the beginning of a journey, as people, circumstances, bodies, lives begin to change. It’s not just a coming of age story but a coming of the ages.”
What do you think? Are you an Archie comics fan? Would you watch Riverdale?