Disney’s 1990s animated drama, Gargoyles, remains one of my favorite television shows of all time. With its adult themes, complex heroes and villains, and storylines that drew from mythology, history, and Shakespeare, there was truly nothing like it on TV. Then or now. The series has received something of a cultural resurgence of late, with Director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) expressing interest in directing a live action adaptation of the show (Which would be fucking awesome!). I’ve been singing the praises of Gargoyles for awhile here at World’s Best Media, like in this article where I take a more comprehensive, deep dive into this personal favorite: https://best-media-world.com/2018/02/11/must-watch-gargoyles/
Gargoyles creator Greg Wiseman is currently the show runner on the spectacular, fucking PHENOMENAL, HBO Max animated series Young Justice. Which I highly encourage you to watch, especially if you’ve been a fan of the man’s work at all over the years. Young Justice’s streaming numbers will ensure whether or not it receives a fifth season. So please go out and support not only a fantastic creator, but one of the best superhero television shows ever made. Truly, if you’ve never seen this show, do yourself a favor and head over to HBO Max right now and give it a watch. Actually, go watch BOTH shows right now!Young Justice on HBO Max and Gargoyles on Disney+!
Fan interest in Gargoyles has never waned. It’s been a cult favorite ever since it premiered, with yearly conventions, online message boards, fanfiction, and cosplay, all going strong.
With or without Jordan Peele, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of reboot or adaptation in the works soon. After all, this is the age of constantly exploiting existing IP. Resurrecting an old idea is always better than coming up with a new one. Plus, I think audiences all are much better suited for something like Gargoyles than they were when the series debuted. Viewers are much more accustomed to complex mythologies, fantasy, and unconventional longform epic storytelling. The superhero revolution, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc. Gargoyles has everything Disney needs to make its next giant modern fantasy epic. We’ll see how it all plays out, in the meantime IGN put out this really cool video about Gargoyles and the history of the series. In particular, it focuses on how the show boasted particularly excellent villains, in billionaire David Xanatos and rogue gargoyle, Demona. Played by Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis respectively, best known from Star Trek:The Next Generation. In fact, quite a few cast members from The Next Generation made appearances on Gargoyles, notably Brent Spiner as Puck and Michael Dorn as Coldstone, to name a few. It’s a great primer if you’re unfamiliar with the material and it was this video that prompted me to write this article. It also got me excited to revisit the series, which is available on Disney+ and DVD. Check out IGN’s great video below…
Are you a Gargoyles fan? How would you like to see a Gargoyles reboot or sequel handled? Let me know in the comments below.
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