The CW has become the TV network of choice for genre fans in recent years, with shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Vampire Diaries. And on March 17th, the network will premiere what’s likely to become its next hit — iZombie, adapted from the DC/Vertigo comic series by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. Today at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, the CW unveiled a “First Look” trailer for the series, which looks to capture the same mix of mystery and humor that made Mars such a fan-favorite — with the added bonus of its titular brain-eating protagonist, Olivia “Liv” Moore, played by Power Rangers RPM‘s Ranger Operator Series Yellow, a/k/a Rose McIver. Rounding out the cast are Robert Buckley, Malcolm Goodwin, and The Vampire Diaries‘ David Anders.
Thomas told today’s assembled critics that he didn’t follow the comic book (penned by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Madman creator Mike Allred) all that closely in developing the show, omitting its other supernatural creatures to focus squarely on its undead heroine, who works in a city morgue, which supplies her with all the brains she needs in order to survive. The producer explained that the network was very much interested in the show’s police procedural component, but that Liv’s voiceover narration — as the above trailer suggests — will be lighter in tone than Veronica‘s hardboiled “Chandler-esque” VO.
What do you guys think? Given its success with Arrow and Flash, can the CW produce a successful adaptation of a comic that’s not set in the DC Universe? If so, is Thomas the guy to pull it off? Let us know below.