Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look image of Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) from Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Technical Boy is described as “a powerful god who feeds off your devotion to the Internet.” He’s one of the New Gods of the modern age (reflecting society’s worship of money, technology, media, celebrities and drugs) clashing with the old gods of ancient myths. He rides about in a fancy limo.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller explains that they decided to update the book’s “pimply Matrix fanboy” version of the character: “We needed to establish a frame of reference for the aesthetic of the Technical Boy, and [director] David Slade, I believe, was the first one to say, ‘Commodore 64. That will mean more to the audience once they understand more of the Technical Boy’s story — why the Commodore 64 and that era of technology is so informative for the look of him and the story and the general aesthetic when we first sample his world.”
Co creator Michael Green adds: “Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.”