'No Heroics': Are we ready for saucy superheroes?
As a card-carrying member of the Geek Nation — which is much like the Rhythm Nation but with 20 percent less leather — I take a vested interest in anything superheroic in nature. So my spider-sense got a-tingling when I heard that ABC was planning a stateside version of No Heroics, a raunchy British show about third-rate costumed adventurers. To help familiarize you with what we’re talking about, take a look at this slightly NSFW trailer:
Could this be funny? Absolutely. Will American audiences get behind it? Unclear. They didn’t quite rally behind Barry Sonnenfeld’s live-action version of The Tick, which scratched many of the same itches as No Heroics and only went nine episodes. Of course, that was eight years ago, and pop culture might’ve gotten up to speed since then. Here are my two biggest fears: That either the U.S. version of No Heroics will just out-and-out suck, thereby detonating the chance for a good superheroic comedy to get on the air; or that it’ll be awesome and nobody watches it anyway, proving to network executives that there’s no audience.
What about you, true believers — is America ready for this jelly?