Keith David Joins the Cast of Marvel's 'New Warriors' Show

Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 7:20PM
Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 7:20PM
Keith David Joins the Cast of Marvel's 'New Warriors' Show
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"Woah! They got Keith David for this thing?" That's what Marvel Television wants audiences to say when they see the upcoming New Warriors superhero/comedy TV show on Freeform.

Not content with picking one of the planet's most wonderful people in the form of Milana Vayntrub, the studio is now aiming to bring bona fide geek icon Keith David to New Warriors, just to punch up its star appeal and provide us with an even more exceptionally talented cast. You've almost certainly seen Keith David in something: he was in The Thing, They Live, The Chronicles of Riddick, Mr and Mrs Smith, and heck, even Crash. He's been everywhere in Hollywood for years, popping up to bring a little extra sprinkle to class and wit to a variety of movies, both good and maybe not so good.

Even if, by some chance, you've never seen Keith David's face, you have absolutely heard his voice. A prolific voice actor, David has appeared in previous Marvel cartoons, voicing Nick Fury at one point, as well as voicing a character in The Flash, as well as providing vocal work for a string of video games longer than most people have played. HaloMass EffectSaint's RowFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within (okay, that's a movie, but it looks like a video game cutscene, so we're counting it). He also appeared in Rick and Morty as the president of the United States.

In New Warriors, David sadly won't be playing a familiar comic book character (although he'd make a fantastic Mad Thinker) - instead, he'll be playing Ernest Vigman, a new character who is described as a "caustic municipal employee" who is grumpy and pessimistic, providing a straight-man to the youthful antics of the New Warriors themselves. Considering David's deadpan skills, he'll be a perfect foil for the series' main star, Squirrel Girl, whose enthusiasm will, with any luck, be adequately challenged when faced against the crushing weight of Vigman's bureaucratic rigor.

It's strange that by this point we still haven't seen a truly successful superhero comedy series. The closest we've had was Powerless, but that show failed to spark any true joy within audiences, and it was quickly axed in what, in retrospect, feels a lot like a mercy killing. Considering that The Tick also has a revival coming in the near future, it's clear that there's a perceived market for comic book comedy, so it'll be interesting to see how audiences react to New Warriors.

The New Warriors aren't generally known for comedy within Marvel comics - at one point they end up blowing up a school, leading to the events of Civil War and turning their one surviving member into a bondage monster (no, seriously, Speedball became a hero called Penance, and he's super weird). But at times when the group isn't committing mass manslaughter, they're generally a cute bunch of lighthearted friends, so it's easy to see how they can be bent to fit the comedy mold.

Squirrel Girl, on the other hand, is all about the comedy (after all, she's called Squirrel Girl), so her part as the lead character in the series makes a lot of sense, and giving her a stuffed shirt in the form of Keith David to bounce off should hopefully provide enough comedic tension to make this show a truly enjoyable experience.

After all, Keith David is pretty much nerd royalty. It's hard to imagine that the show could fall flat with him playing the straight man.

New Warriors will premiere on Freeform in 2018.
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