Freeform Announces ‘Teen Superhero Romance’ Series CLOAK AND DAGGER

As reported by Variety, Cloak and Dagger, a TV series based on a pair of long-running but little-known superheroes from Marvel Comics, is currently under development at Freeform. The new show has been given a straight-to-series order, and is Freeform’s first foray into superhero TV. Variety describes the show thus:

The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love — Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

Cloak and Dagger have been running around the Marvel Universe since the early ’80s. Originally created as supporting cast members in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, Cloak and Dagger are Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen, a pair of runaways who met on the street and became good friends. They were kidnapped and experimented on to test a new drug, but this drug inadvertently gave them superpowers. They eventually escaped and became vigilantes and partners, though they often focused on disrupting the drug trade and helping the poor rather than fighting supervillains. The two have long been cult favorites, appearing regularly in Spider-Man and X-Men books, though their own stories tend toward the kinds of adventures superhero comics rarely touch on.

Freeform – once known as ABC Family – is a perfect fit for this sort of material. Excellent shows like Huge, Bunheads and Greek show that the network is capable of making smart, sophisticated shows aimed at young adults. Most superhero media aims for an action-adventure tone that is hard to replicate well on TV (see: the many creative struggles in Agents of SHIELD) or a crime procedural fit that makes it feel bland and boring (see: Gotham — or, better yet, don’t). The CW has had a lot of luck blending action with soap opera plotting, but that still leaves a lot of space for these types of shows to grow. An all-ages teen romance series featuring superheroes is, frankly, just a really cool idea, and something I hope to see more storytellers experimenting with.

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