The CW’s Riverdale Releases New Character Portraits Of Archie And His Friends

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With Riverdale, The CW is adding yet another comic adaptation to its colorful palette of TV programs. Unlike The Flash or Arrow, Riverdale may not deal with superheroes, but will, no doubt, be just as intense.

According to the show’s synopsis: “Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart, Surviving Jack), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life.”

The summary also promises a “darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade”. If there is one thing we’ve learnt from TV’s small town’s is that they live for drama (Rosewood? Mystic Falls? Stars Hollow?).

The CW has recently released a bunch of character portraits, and in addition to those Comicbook.com has treated us to a couple of teasers left and right to get in the mood.

Starting with Archie himself CB said that he’s having a hard time dealing with adolescent issues. Not only are he and his best friend on the outs, and he has two girls fighting for his attention, he also has an affair with one of his teachers. How scandalous!

Speaking of said best friend, Jughead is the character we follow around in Riverdale, as he tells the story of the town through the eyes of an outsider.

“Jughead has always been a non-conformist, anti-authority-type character, and he still carries that same sardonic, sarcastic attitude in this,” said Cole Sprouse.

When it comes to the ladies in Archie’s life we have Betty and Veronica, both taken from the original comics.

CB describes Betty as “the seemingly-perfect girl next door, the happy, peppy best friend who’s always had a thing for Archie […] but, like seemingly every character in Riverdale, there’s something hiding there.”

Could it be? A pretty girl with an ugly secret?

Veronica on the other hand is different from the one we would find on paper. She might still be “the core of the spoiled, self-involved rich girl we’ve known for decades, but she is struggling against that and wants to be a better person.”

Check out the remaining character portraits including Cheryl Blossom, Josie McCoy and more in the gallery below.

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How do you feel about Riverdale so far? Is it too much like any other CW drama surrounding an adolescent foursome, including a queen bee, a misunderstood blonde, a hunky athlete and an outsider along with their troubled parents? Or could there be something special about the show?

Share your thoughts below!

Riverdale premieres January 26th on The CW.

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