Squirrel Girl and Friends Coming to TV

Squirrel Girl drawn by Erica Henderson, dialogue relettered by series writer Ryan North

Freeform (formerly ABC Family) is planning a Cloak and Dagger TV show, due late next year, as a teen romance drama. Now, they’ve ordered their second Marvel-inspired series.

New Warriors is planned as a half-hour comedy, with ten episodes in the first season, also due 2018. It’ll be about six young people learning to be heroes, termed “about-to-be Avengers”, and the only character mentioned so far is Squirrel Girl, a fan favorite. The show runner will be Kevin Biegel, who’s worked on series I’ve enjoyed (including Cougar Town, Scrubs, and Enlisted).

With the poor showing of Powerless, another superhero sitcom has an uphill fight, but I’ve always liked teen heroes, particularly the ever-optimistic Squirrel Girl. A lot will depend on writing and casting, of course. And this show is going to be about people with powers, not those adjacent to them.

Other famous New Warriors of the past — making them possible team members — include the sporting-a-helmet-from-space Nova; Spider-Man’s former friend, the flame-powered Firestar; the Atlantean Namorita; the Batman-like Night Thrasher; and the bouncy Speedball.

Squirrel Girl drawn by Erica Henderson, dialogue relettered by series writer Ryan North

Squirrel Girl drawn by Erica Henderson, dialogue relettered by series writer Ryan North



3 comments

  • I must admit that I’m a bit apprehensive on this. I *love* the SG series by Ryan North & Erica Henderson, but cannot see how that could possibly make the transition into a New Warriors TV show. But maybe it’ll be good, just in a completely different way?

  • I think that’s the best way to approach adaptations – valuing quality over familiarity. Some of the shows and movies based on comics that I like best aren’t particularly faithful, but they’re fun and enjoyable.

  • James Schee

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2017/04/19/sneak-peek-squirrel-girl-leads-freeform-series-new-warriors/100581106/ Has the team. I only recall two of these actually being New Warriors, Speedball and Night Thrasher, but could be fun.

    Hope they still have Night Thrasher using his skateboard and can bring in the like powered cat Speedball had as well as his short series was a favorite of mine.

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