Warner Bros. Signs Deal Expanding Archie Universe

By February 14, 2017

Warner Bros. already is looking at life after DC Comics – or quite possibly, an even bigger life with many of the publisher’s properties.

In fact, the studio has expanded its comics reach, singing a new deal with Archie Comics, the independent publisher that The CW’s newest series Riverdale is based on. In fact, it’s the success of Riverdale to this point that encouraged Warner Bros. to tackle more of the characters and stories Archie has to offer.

That could include new projects involving characters not as known in the ArchieVerse, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including fashion icon Katy Keene, and even some super friends from Archie’s Dark Circle imprint.

Jon Goldwater, a descendant of one of the company’s founders John L. Goldwater, has been aggressive in his approach to bring the characters and stories into the modern era. A lot of that has culminated in Riverdale, which stars K.J. Apa and Lili Reinhart, but also in other moves in recent years like introducing a gay character, and even tackling life for Archie not just after high school, but also after marriage.

Goldwater’s plan, at least as he told reporter Graeme McMillan, is to capitalize not only on characters fans already know like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats, but ones that they might not have ever met.

“Archie is unique in that we have a huge library of characters that are not only recognizable, but they’re successful and entertaining. Everyone knows Josie and Sabrina. Beyond that, we have an entire pantheon of heroes and villains that are perfect for TV or movies. Not to mention Katy Keene, Black Hood, Sam Hill, just to name a few.

“The possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait to start talking about what we have coming up.”

Riverdale airs Thursdays on The CW. The next episode, the fourth in the series, continues the investigation into Trevor Stines’ Jason, including a revelation by Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl.

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