But at least it has a showrunner now: Joe Pokaski, who is currently an exec producer on the US series Underground, a highly praised period drama about slavery. He’s had previous superhero experience as a writer/producer on Heroes and Marvel’s Daredevil. He was also involved in a US attempt to revive UK space opera Blake’s Seven a couple of years back, but that appears to have died a death now.
Cloak & Dagger, created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist
Ed Hannigan, first appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982). They are teenagers – Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger) – from very different backgrounds. The met as runaways in New York City and gained their powers after being experimented on by a criminal organisation. Cloak is the embodiment of Darkness, while Dagger is the embodiment of light. He is linked to a dark dimension through which he can teleport but also send other people there too; she can create daggers of light and heal people. Ty also feels a kind of “hunger” which is alleviated when Tandy is near. They have fought alongside the X-Men, the Runaways, Doctor Strange and even Captain America’s Secret Avengers. They even had their own title for a while in the mid ’80s and have starred in various mini-series since.
The TV series appears to be going large on a YA romance vibe between the two, with the official synopsis revealing: “This exciting new series is an adaptation of the beloved Marvel characters aimed squarely at young adults. This live-action interracial romance follows Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart—but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.”