There’s no doubt that AMC’s Preacher was one of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season this year. While The Walking Dead is still a big hit on AMC, the network has been looking for another dark, intense show like Breaking Bad – and they may have found it in Preacher.
While everyone knows that Preacher is based on a comic book, it’s a far different type of show than the comic book-inspired series that regularly air on the major networks during prime time - such as The Flash, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, etc. Audiences around the world have become obsessed with shows based on comic books that feature characters with superhuman powers. However, as a whole, those types of shows tend to be based on high-octane action plots rather than gritty character profiles. That’s where Preacher is different.
A lot has happened on the show since its premiere just a few episodes ago, but the main takeaway is that it doesn’t necessarily seem like a comic book show. Instead, it seems like the type of gritty drama audiences have been waiting for – and if you haven’t seen an episode yet, you should definitely check it out.
Here are 15 things you need to know about AMC’s new hit show, Preacher.
15 It’s Based On A Comic Published By Vertigo, DC’s Line For Mature Readers
14 The Main Cast Isn't Southern At All
13 Seth Rogen Is Involved
12 There Have Been Several Attempts To Adapt It Before
11 Sam Catlin Is At The Helm
10 Ruth Negga & Dominic Cooper Are Dating In Real Life
9 It Doesn’t Stay A Slave To The Source
8 The Comic’s Creators Are Very Involved
7 The Main Cast Are Well-Versed In The Comic Book Universe
6 Preacher Is The Fourth Recent Show Based On A Vertigo Source
5 Anatol Yusef & Garth Ennis Used To Be Neighbours
4 It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart
3 Jesse Custer Is An Anagram
2 It’s Actually Filmed In Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 The Comic Was A Best Seller
Some books enjoy a slow rise to popularity, winning fans over little by little before eventually sweeping the nation as everyone tries to get their hands on a copy. Preacher, however, has been successful since the get go. The first volume of the comic book series was released in 1995, and less than two years (and 14 issues) later, sales for the comic book doubled. That’s a huge deal. Since the comic book market lately is so saturated with new series and products, it can take a lot for something to stand out, and Preacher definitely did just that. While you never truly know what stories will translate well from a book or comic book to the screen, sales figures like Preacher had demonstrate there’s something in the source material that audiences are drawn to and interested in – and material that gets viewers hooked is exactly what you want in a television show.
Sources: Screenrant, IMDB, PreacherTVSeries, DigitalTrends
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