Set in modern-day, Riverdale mashes early Archie Comic’s 1940’s aesthetics with a color palette that’s either dark blue and foggy or neon and over-saturated. It’s a stylized blend of old-meets-new as the creators try to “modernize” and subvert all of the innocence and purity of yesteryear. And if you watched any moment of season 1, you know that subversive, stylized, dark, and “edgy” are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The CW’s teen drama. However, things could get even “darker and stranger” in season 2 according to one Riverdale star.
At The CW’s Upfront presentation in New York, TVLine caught up with Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show. When asked about the South Side Serpents’ jacket Jughead received at the end of season 1, Sprouse immediately segued into the tone of the second season as a whole.
“I think the whole show is going to be getting darker and stranger, which is going to be awesome. It means we’re going to be leaning into a lot of those qualities that a lot of people ended up loving in the first couple of episodes — this heavy cinematography, this overbearing coloration, this really dark content that’s kind of over-the-top and campy, but it’s taken very seriously. I think it should be fun.”
It’s difficult to imagine Riverdale getting much darker than season 1, which saw a murderer revealed, a successful suicide attempt (or was it?), an attempted suicide attempt, and a beloved character bleeding out on the floor. But if we’re talking about stranger, well, there’s certainly some stranger directions Riverdale could take, and some directions the showrunners are already interested in exploring.
Whatever direction Riverdale takes in its sophomore season, Sprouse did say that, where his character is concerned, “It’s going to be sad.”
10 Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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