How Arthur Keeps The Tick's Satire Grounded

Barry Josephson is an American film producer who has produced films for Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and AMC. He produced the award-winning film Enchanted and also produced the critically acclaimed TV series Bones. He is now producing Amazon’s The Tick.

Screen Rant got a chance to talk with Josephson at San Diego Comic Con 2017, where we discussed how liberating it is to work on a superhero satire, how to keep a superhero satire grounded, and whether or not he is attached to Space Jam 2.

Because we live in a world of superhero films and superhero TV shows all around us, how liberating was it to do that but a satire on the superhero genre?

Barry Josephson: Oh, it’s great. It’s great to do a satire and it’s great to do something that’s absurd in its nature. I do think that I was starting to watch the Marvel movies and see comedies start to grow, starting with Iron Man and getting to Guardians of the Galaxy and I just thought there isn’t anything like this on television and I went back to Ben because he’s the original voice of The Tick. Brilliant writer. The comic book, the animated series created by him and I said, “Ben, now is the time to do the live action show. We are in a world where people are expansive about the universe. They are seeing superheroes in so many different forms. We can do this. The Tick can live!” And I feel great because I do think Amazon completely backed what Ben’s vision is for the character, so we were very fortunate.

How do you keep a superhero satire like this grounded?

Barry Josephson: You keep it grounded through Arthur’s character. Arthur, at the beginning of the season, you find out has a real dilemma. Something that he hasn’t been able to shake since he was a kid - the loss of his dad and more. He grows and we relate to him because of that pain he is feeling. I think anybody who would watch this show would want to see this character have the benefit from growing and being whole again. And it’s The Tick who comes to join him, unreliable, crazy, super strong, who is the one who is going to help him with that.

You have an eclectic filmography and one of the titles I saw that was in development is Space Jam 2?

Barry Josephson: Right. That’s not correct.

That is not correct?

Barry Josephson: No. It is a mistake. I’ve been trying to get that off of my thing. I mean, I’d love to do it. I’d love to be the person who made Space Jam 2, but it’s really not one of my credits. I don’t know how it went up on there, but I hope they make it because I loved Space Jam.

I loved Space Jam also so that’s why I had to know.

Barry Josephson: God. Well, first of all, Warner Bros should take more advantage of those cartoon characters. I mean in the universe of everything, there should be a movie a year. My daughter and son love their stuff and Space Jam is one of their favorite movies. So, yes please!

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The Tick premieres on Amazon on August 25, 2017.

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