And there was much rejoicing at Archie Comics, as The CW announced plans to bring a full season of Riverdale to the network.
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics – and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater. “It’s a culmination of my time here, and I’m eager to see Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The CW, Warner Brothers Studios, and the cast bring Riverdale to viewers every week. My promise to fans? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
The show will be written by CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, which is nice, even though it may mean more delays for Afterlife with Archie. For those who are not familiar with Aguirre-Sacasa’s other work, he’s also written more than a few episodes of the first season of Supergirl. At least now that Riverdale and Supergirl are both on the CW and both being produced by Berlanti Productions, I hope his commutes and time commitments are reduced.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.
I’m hoping the series follows close to what Mark Waid and Veronica Fish are delivering up in the pages of the new Archie series, though I kind of like the “subversion” we are seeing in Aferlife, Kevin Keller and more that Archie Comics is delivering.
‘Riverdale’ stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.
We will find out more about the release date in the coming weeks, but I’m hoping Riverdale and Supergirl are back to back shows as they both seem to have similar target audiences.