The CW is very quickly becoming television’s home for all things comic book. In addition to all the other properties on there DC Comics slate as of right now, the network has just announced they’ll be picking up Riverdale, a high school drama based on the classic characters from Archie Comics . . .
After being totally rejected by Fox, the Riverdale pilot quickly became a favorite over at the CW, where the Greg Berlanti-produced show has now been given a full season order. Though featuring famous teenagers Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, Riverdale isn’t intended to be an exact adaptation of the long-running Archie Comics.
The new television series is pulling more inspiration from the recent All-New Archie Comics, written by Mark Waid with current artwork from Veronica Fish, the artist also responsible for Riverdale‘s promo artwork ( seen above ) that puts a slightly different spin on our beloved characters of old.
The Riverdale pilot, and presumably the season to follow, stars newcomer KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhard as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veroinca Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. Also appearing is Ashleigh Murray as Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats), Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews.
Given the controversial new direction of the recent comics and fans mixed response too them, will this new take fly at the CW or ultimately crash and burn? Only time will tell, but we’ll certainly keep you posted as more comes in . .