New character Jake Chang will continue the Archie Comics presence on the CW according to a new report.
The CW has become synonymous with all things Archie Comics with Riverdale, its dark take and Archie and his friends. Though Riverdale will end next season it looks like the CW isn’t ready to part with that world yet.
Previously the teen-centred network lost out to Netflix in getting the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Though later that show’s star Kiernan Shipka showed up on Riverdale with a return to the show coming soon. Their other Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene didn’t resonate with viewers and was cancelled after one season.
Jake Chang on the surface looks like a better bet to find a home on the CW with some likely comparisons to Nancy Drew. Check out the synopsis of the show below:
Jake Chang is an Asian-American–led mystery following a 16-year-old private investigator as he navigates the racially and socioeconomically diverse worlds of his ever-gentrifying home of Chinatown, and the elite private high school he attends. The show will blend soapy teen drama with the neon noir aesthetic, all while flipping nearly every Asian stereotype—honor, martial arts, destiny, lineage, parental sacrifice—on its head.
One interesting point is that Jake has yet to make his comic debut. He will next month in a Betty and Veronica story called “Mystery of the Missing Mermaid”.
The creative team will consist of writer Oanh Ly and writer/director Viet Nhuyen. Ly and Nguyen both expressed their excitement for the series saying, “We are so proud and honored to be a part of this new wave of Asian-American content created by and starring Asian-Americans.”
They continued by saying, “The world of Jake Chang is vast, compelling, and a whole lot of fun. And just like our rascally teen detective, we’re going to lean into the ‘F U’ of the original ‘Fu Chang’ IP and delightfully destroy all familiar tropes and tell a unique Asian-American story.”
This is in reference to another Archie property Fu Chang who is an “American-educated international private detective living in the Chinatown district of San Francisco during the 1940s”. Will you be checking out Jake Chang either as a comic or if it gets the greenlight at The CW?