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Jekyll & Hyde a 'superhero story'
27 May 2015 10:10
ITV's new drama series Jekyll & Hyde has been billed as a "superhero story" by its chief writer, Charlie Higson.
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The cast and crew of the new paranormal adventure attended a panel at MCM London Comic Con on Saturday (May 23).
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Former Fast Show writer and performer Higson said: "It's a superhero Jekyll & Hyde - about Dr Jekyll's grandson, who doesn't know anything about who he is or why he's like he is.
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He added that the original book, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is "the prototype superhero story - it's a guy with an alter ego.
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"He can turn into someone else, nobody knows it's him and he can do all the things he dreams about, so I thought there was a lot you could do with it that was new and exciting."
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Higson described the show's Hyde as "sexy", "good-looking" and "dangerous" - with Da Vinci's Demons actor Tom Bateman playing the dual-role of Hyde and his mild-mannered alter ego Jekyll.
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"We didn't want Hyde to be a horrible monster with fangs and wild hair," Higson explained. "He's a really good fighter, he's invulnerable, he's really fast and he can regenerate quickly."
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