Aside from The CW recently rolling out its midseason schedule, it had really been some time since we received any real news regarding the network’s next foray into the comic book realm in the form of Riverdale. Luckily, a new trailer has just hit the web.
The new footage, while featuring some nice cinematography, paints a more somber picture than what classic Archie Comics fans might be used to. Then again, we already knew this series was going for a more subversive tone and will instead reflect the recently rebooted, more dramatic Archie line of comic books with a pinch of Twin Peaks influence.
Despite the network’s strong lean toward DC Entertainment, we expect the same level of quality for Riverdale given that Arrowverse executive producer Greg Berlanti is on board, a man who seemingly has the Midas Touch when it comes to comic book adaptations on the small screen. And with the publisher currently enjoying a creative renaissance with not only the aforementioned flagship Archie series, but also stellar horror titles such as Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this could very well be a recipe for success.
If you wish to have more on an idea as to what you should expect, check out the official series synopsis below:
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back.
When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows… Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
Riverdale premieres on Thursday, January 26 on The CW.