New Arrowverse-Inspired Twist Of ‘Riverdale’ Comes Straight From The Comics

Betty Cooper and her Archiekinsare, after nearly six years on the air, an official fixture in The CW’s goofy young adult drama Riverdale.

Throughout the series, Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) have had to deal with not only “the epic ups and downs of high school football”, but also serial killer fathers, cults, fake deaths , gangs, alternate universes, aliens. , teenage pregnancies, supernatural forces, tickle fetishes, and a fictional drug called “Jingle Jangle,” among other interesting choices concocted by the show’s writers room.

So it only makes sense that the next crazy storyline turns Archie and Betty into superheroes.

Yeah, Riverdale takes a page from The CW’s proven formula for success, The Arrowverse, and giving her smart blonde bombshell and redhead Renaissance man superpowers following an explosion at Archie’s house in Season 6, before the show went on a four-month hiatus.

In the mid-season premiere, Betty seems to be able to sense people’s auras and Archie can stick a knife through her skin and barely get a scratch. As for Jughead (Cole Sprouse), his hearing is now badly damaged and the rumor mill indicates that this could be Jughead’s own Daredevil origin story.

In the very first episode of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s culture change show, Betty tells Archie that she has a fantasy of them as a “power couple.” Not only have his wishes come true, but it seems the young couple aren’t fazed by this new phase of their life together.

Betty and Archie have experience with supes

Observers and non-observers of Riverdale took to social media to express how weird they found it by Riverdale turn to the superhero genre, but comic book readers know better. If anything, Riverdale only stays true to the wackiness of its source material.

Too good to be true Archie Andrews made his debut in 1941, and the comic book’s many writers have had plenty of time to place Archie in all sorts of situations, be they romance, horror, crime, adventure, comedy, action or, yes, superhero variety.

Archie and the gang met The Punisher in the summer of 1994. Courtesy of Archie Comics Publications

Archie and the gang encountered Batman recently, hanging out with the 1966 animated version of the Dark Knight around their cartoon necks of the woods in a comic book series that ran from 2018 to 2019. In the early ’90s, Archie hung around with the tough, pizza-eating Shell Ninja Turtles, and in the summer of 1994, Archie had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting Marvel’s Punisher. The vigilante was hunting down an Archie lookalike named “Red” in Riverdale in a one-shot crossover that included cameos from famous teens released by both companies, like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats. Even Sonic the Hedgehog hung out with Archie’s team, appearing in three crossover scenes with them.

At this point, if you can name a character, Archie has probably met them.Archie Comics Publications

Betty, Archie, Veronica and Jughead were suped themselves

In the first episode of Riverdale Season 2, Jughead references Archie’s super-powered alter-ego from the comics, Pureheart the Powerful, observing that Archie is the town’s hero as he just saved his father’s life in the aftermath of an armed robbery of Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe.

Whether it’s a throwaway reference or a foreshadowing, superpowers aren’t new to the Archiverse. In the mid-60s and then again in the mid-90s, Archie, Betty, Jughead, Reggie, Veronica, and Moose were all supes. Archie taps into “PH Factor”, which is only available to pure-hearted people, and becomes Pureheart the Powerful, whose abilities include amplified strength, resilience, and flight. Betty transforms into Super Teen after twisting her ponytail, and her powers mirror those of Pureheart. Jughead is Captain Hero, who can turn his head into a steel drill and has explosive chewing gum in his arsenal, among other campy powers. Veronica is Miss Vanity, who has a similar sonic boom to Black Canary, Moose is Mighty Moose, who can fly, and Reggie is Archie’s foil as Evilheart the Mighty.

Archie is quite familiar with being a superhero. Archie Comics Publications

The reverse analysis— It is difficult to anticipate everything that is happening on Riverdale, given the number of wide swings he’s taken in different genres. Ridiculous as it is, however, Riverdale remains a favorite for young adults and was recently renewed for season 7. The popularity of supes on television, both on The CW’s own station but also on streamers and cable, could give this super powerful arc on Riverdale more longevity than its five episodes rivervale alternate universe event, and its writers will have plenty of goofy material to pull from.

Riverdale airs at 8 p.m. ET Sundays on The CW.

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