Between superhero and non-superhero stories, there are plenty of comic book adaptations featured on a number of different TV networks and streaming services. The CW itself has a three-show DC Comics universe, consisting of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow – with CBS’s Supergirl also included as part of a multiverse. Additionally, the network tapped into non-superhero comics for its horror procedural, iZombie, as well as the Archie Comics-based Riverdale, which the network ordered to pilot earlier this year.
The clean-cut Americana of John L. Goldwater’s Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and Jughead Jones is being adapted to a one-hour drama for The CW, with some changes to the original material. Riverdale is currently still in the pilot stages and new photos from the set have been released, offering fans a tour around Archie’s hometown.
The official Archie Comics Twitter account posted a series of photos highlighting locations, including Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, and props from the set of Riverdale. The Riverdale Police Department, Andrews Construction Co., and The Riverdale Register are all featured in the photos. Take a look at the images:
Developed by Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti, Riverdale tapped a host of newcomers to play Archie Comics’ iconic characters: KJ Apa stars as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Additionally in the cast are Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210) as Archie’s father Fred and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) as Jughead Jones.
Previously, Archie Comics released a first look at Apa as Archie – with a full head of red hair and sporting an outfit pulled straight off the pages of the character’s 2015 comic run from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Additionally, the casting and descriptions of Riverdale’s characters also seemed to hint that The CW’s take on Goldwater’s Archie would be re-imagined for a much more modern teenaged audience, rather than sticking to the comic’s 1940s clean-cut and goofy style.
However, these new photos from the set of Riverdale certainly make it clear that many staples of the Archie Comics will make the leap to the TV adaptation, including Pop’s 1950s style soda shop, a favorite after school hangout spot for Archie and his friends. It still remains to be seen whether the CW’s adaptation will capture the spirit of classic Archie, or whether Riverdale will stick more closely to Waid and Staples’ run of comics. But, The CW and Berlanti have some experience in adapting comic books to television – in terms of both superhero and non-superhero stories – so Riverdale has the potential to please classic fans and new viewers alike.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on Riverdale as more information becomes available.
Source: Archie Comics