Showcase Has High Hopes For Marvel’s Runaways

With the TV launch of Marvel’s Runaways officially in the books, lovers of the now popular comic series have given it high praise despite some of the major changes the show has made. The Runaways has been around since 2003 and even though was initially shelved after 18 issues, fans began warming up to it on the trade shelves and Marvel brought it back two years later and ran through four volumes ending in 2015.

When  the success of The Avengers pushed aside the development of a Runaways feature-length film it wouldn’t be until 2016 when Hulu ordered a pilot based on scripts by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The pair mostly known for traditional teen drama’s such as The O.C. and Gossip Girl, have seemed an ideal choice as the few episodes are a more grounded and sustainable approach. The highschool/teen element is loaded with the potential for plenty of story resonance beyond magic, aliens and dinosaurs.

Although set in the Marvel Universe, there are no plans to crossover into other shows at this point something the show runners found liberating. Rather than focus on having to explain this “weird” world to an already knowledgeable audience, they can focus more on the day-to-day problems of the characters themselves.

Schwartz who has been a faithful fan of the comic books for quite a while really connects with the teenage aspect of it saying in an interview with Deadline:

When you’re a teenager, everything feels like life and death, and the stakes in this story—really felt like that. Treating the problems of teenagers as if they are adults and having the series feel true and authentic to the teenage experience, even in this heightened context.

While there are differences between the comics and the TV show, fans have agreed that they generally got it right, in particular with the lead cast of teens. The major changes seem to have come from the parents where the writers have taken a more grounded approach when it comes to their back story. It’s clear in this version, the parents and members of “Pride” will be more a focus than they are in the books.

While attending the Canadian premiere, presented by our friends at Showcase, we got a chance to speak with artist Craig Yeung (Marvel, DC, Darkhorse) who has been inking the Runaways comics since the beginning. This past fall, Yeung was reunited with Runaways creator/artist Adrian Alphona to create an original print for New York Comic Con, which coincided with the trailer launch and panel. It’s clear he has a fondness for the series and when asked about the series he had this to say…

Everything about this series is that they let the show runners adapt it more. What worked in 2012 may not work in 2017 so they kinda adapted some stuff, especially with the parents. They did a great job of capturing a lot of the nuances between the cast and the characters. 

As for Showcase themselves, they’re clearly excited about finally getting a chance to enter the Marvel Universe and expanding their comic book audience. Already they’ve had great success with DC’s Supergirl and they’re not done there.

Starting in December they’re launching another comic based show called Happy! starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt. The new SyFy series is based on the New York Times best-selling graphic novel of the same name written by comics legends Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. Here’s the trailer…

Till next time…

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