For thousands of little fanboys out there, the very first introduction to the world of fantasy or superheroes or genre in general is that moment of taking a towel or old sheet and tying it around their necks like a cape. NBC’s newest hour-long drama, The Cape, therefore, has that nostalgic, “pulp” feel to it because the man at the center quite literally does the same thing, only years after his adolescence is over.
Perhaps this was inspired by executive producer John Wirth‘s own childhood aspirations of being Superman? At the TCA earlier today, he pulled out a photo of himself as about a five year-old boy wearing his makeshift cape to show the critics and journalists in attendance that he has a deep and rich history with comic books. Therefore, calling The Cape a comic book show is most definitely a compliment to him.
“What was a god send for me was that Vince Faraday was not a part of the comic book world; The Cape is,” series star David Lyons explained, though. “He’s the archetypal good guy. He wants to see things done right; he does everything for his family; he does things with a straight bat as we’d say in Australian. Until he gets shoved down the rabbit hole!”
Vince Faraday utilizes his young son’s favorite comic book hero to take on a larger than life persona to prove to him there is still good in the world, even if he must do it from afar.
“I still feel like…when I put the cape on, I’m not The Cape, I’m still Vince Faraday,” Lyons continued, meaning that he uses the actual, physical cape as a character in and of itself, as a means through which Vince can fight back.
It also means that Vince Faraday still feels the emotional weight of what he has been through even while training to move on from it. Not only is he dealing with losing his family, his credibility, and his true identity, but he has to fight instincts he spent the last few years honing in teaming up with this band of criminals, lead by Keith David.
And it is in that statement that kind of sums up the point of the show: it is fun and there are certainly moments of light-hearted, almost campy fare, but at the heart is an emotionally grounded character story.
“We’re having fun with it, and we can absolutely capture different tones so The Cape can appeal to more than just the typical comic book audience,” executive producer Tom Wheeler shared.
For the relationship drama fans, there are some great flashbacks to show the now-lost love between Vince and his wife (played by Jennifer Ferrin), but Wheeler continued on to add that further plans to cast the widest demographic net as possible include delving into the sci-fi and gothic underground worlds for upcoming episodes, stylistically, as well as in tone.
But wait, there’s more!
“There’s suspense and mystery, [too],” he went on. “Almost an X-Files feeling to one of the episodes we just finished– really wonderfully intense.”
“We’re pushing the limits,” Lyons shared.
And if you want more than just the old love story, what about a new one when Vince teams up with the mysterious Orwell (Summer Glau)? There may not be any immediate plans to push them together, but Glau said that she is currently filming an episode right here in Los Angeles that will reveal more of her back story.
“The girl likes nice things!” She laughed when it was pointed out that she appears very well funded. But more than that, she has been on her own for a number of years, literally single-handedly trying to take down the Ark Corporation, and now here comes this rogue bulldozer of a guy trying to do the same. He has the potential to cause more problems for her if he doesn’t do it right so she really has no choice but to step in and team up with him. That is sure to breed tension, sexual or otherwise!
The Cape airs on Monday nights on NBC, right after Chuck.