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Patrick Warburton talks THE TICK – New suit, darker themes

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In the battle between good and not so good, there’s only crimefighter who can match the dirty laundry of villainy with the premium detergent of justice. I’m talking of course, about the Tick, a legendary hero whose nigh-invulnerability could survive anything except a limited run on TV. There’s a chance that he could be coming back, and it’s something that the big blue buffoon himself is excited about.


Patrick Warburton will step back into the antennae of the mighty hero, with the original creator of the character, Ben Edlund also arriving to help flesh out the pilot episode and new series. Thing is, The Tick was on TV around 12 years ago. Times have changed. People have gotten older. But according to Warburton when he spoke to MovieWeb, age shouldn’t be a factor for the Tick, who may be facing a grimmer and grittier city that needs his brand of justice:

I love The Tick. I’d love to do it again. I never would have thought I’d have the opportunity to do this again. I think it would be a blast to do it again. We’ll see what happens. One thing about The Tick, he is an insane character. I guess he doesn’t have to be 29 years-old like Thor, I guess. He’ll be 50 battling evil. I’d love to see what Ben Edlund’s new vision for it is. I think it will be different. Perhaps a little darker and a little edgier. We’ll see what happens.

In the original comics, The Tick wasn’t just a goofy hero who suffered tremendous amounts of damage on a weekly basis. He was legally insane, with no memory of who he was in a previous life. Combined with continual trauma to his head, and you have the iconic hero. While I’m hoping that Warburton and Edlund keep the character goofy, I’d love to see them riff on other damaged heroes who happen to exist in the same city.

As for costumes, expect to see a new Tick suit for the show, seeing as how constructing such outfits have improved dramatically over the years. According to Warburton, he’s ready to try on some new duds, which will hopefully be far more comfy for him:

There were probably five different Tick costumes for the original series. I would assume there would be a new design. Let’s say hypothetically thatThe Tick, we’re going to attack it again. It would be all-new. It would be a new conception. There are so many advantages to the creatives today, that there weren’t 12 years ago. As far as doing things, and creating a whole new world for The Tick. It would have been too costly and hard to do 12 years ago.

I’d love to do it. It was the most fun I ever had. Except wearing the suit. When you put on a suit, and you need two tubes of K-Y Jelly to assist in putting on the suit, and then you basically spend the next 12 hours in a soup of sweat and K-Y jelly, its a side of it…That’s not the most fun. There have been characters throughout the years, from Star Trek to The Walking Dead, and its not fun wearing that thing.

All I can say is, is SPOOOOOON!

Last Updated: September 17, 2014

One Comment

  1. James Francis

    September 17, 2014 at 14:31

    Neat, though what I really want is a new Tick animated series.


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