Watch out: a familiar villain is about to leap into the “Riverdale” universe.
It was a little disappointing to learn recently that “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” will be taking the easy route with the character of Salem.
Aside from this travesty, the “Riverdale” universe’s answer to the classic “Sabrina” comic book looks to be shaping up rather well. Every piece of news that’s come out of this show recently has sounded positive.
Then, the show went and threw in a bona fide “Doctor Who” villain, just to make things even cooler.
Michelle Gomez, who played Missy in the Peter Capaldi era of the time travelling British sci-fi show, has joined the cast of “Sabrina” as Madam Satan, an evil demon that possesses Sabrina’s teacher Mary Wardell.
Madam Satan? The showrunners aren’t even trying to be subtle. This sounds almost exactly like Missy: a super powerful evil monster whose role is to try and corrupt the show’s hero.
Considering that it looks pretty much like Gomez’ run on “Doctor Who” is all but finished (never say never, of course), this is fantastic news for the actor’s many fans. As if there weren’t enough reasons to tune in for “Sabrina” at present, the show just got a lot more interesting.
Of course, the question remains as to just how overt the show will be in copying “Doctor Who”, and how much Gomez will be allowed to chew the scenery in this new role. “Riverdale” has always been about overly serious melodrama, so if “Sabrina” is aiming for the same tone and style, Gomez might not get all that much opportunity to cut loose with her quirky humor.
Here’s hoping that “Sabrina” doesn’t end up trying to be so ridiculously serious that it squeezes all the fun out of a character named Madam Satan.
After all, if you’re going to hire Michelle Gomez and you don’t want her to act the like world’s weirdest Saturday Morning cartoon villain, you’re really wasting a phenomenally talented actor.