Many fans of the '90s animated series Gargoyles would love to see the characters return in some kind of revival, and series star Keith David is still holding out hope for it to happen. With Disney looking to expand their upcoming streaming service with both new and returning properties, it would seem chances are higher now more than ever for a Gargoyles reboot.
While nothing is set in stone, Keith David recently revealed he is still very attached to the lead character, Goliath, and the actor makes it clear he's completely on board to reprise the voice role if given the opportunity.
"You know, those of us who were involved from the beginning... I've always wondered why they stopped it in the first place. [We've wondered] why we haven't come back to a reboot. I mean, I would love nothing more than to revisit Goliath. You know, he was absolutely one of my very, very, very, very favorite characters. I've always maintained that when I grow up, I want to be like Goliath."
Produced by Walt Disney Television, Gargoyles first began airing on television in 1994. Its plot follows a species of gargoyles who've been awakened in modern-day New York City following a thousand years spent as petrified stone statues. During the day, the gargoyles turn back into stone, but at night, they come to life and now serve as crime-fighters and the protectors of the city. In addition to David as Golitah, the cast also included Thom Adcox-Hernandez as Lexington, Ed Asner as Hudson, Jeff Bennett as Brooklyn, Bill Fagerbakke as Broadway, Frank Welker as Bronx, and Jonathan Frakes as the villain Xanatos.
After running for two seasons on the Disney Afternoon programming block, the third season, dubbed Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles, aired on Disney's 1 Saturday Morning block for ABC Kids. The series would ultimately end at the conclusion of the season, airing its final episode in 1997. The story of the show was later continued in a comic book series from Slave Labor Graphics from 2006-2009, as the series has maintained a cult following since Disney had given it the axe. As Disney is in the process of rebooting so many other classic properties for both the big and small screens, it stands to reason the House of Mouse would be willing to at least consider revisiting Gargoyles.
In recent years, there have been multiple attempts to adapt the classic animated series as a theatrical movie. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett were reportedly hired to write a Gargoyles movie in 2011, although the project apparently stalled for unknown reasons. Movie talks picked back up in June of last year when Us director Jordan Peele reportedly pitched a Gargoyles movie concept to Disney, hoping to direct his own take on the animated series. Perhaps Peele's vision was a bit too dark to fit under the Disney umbrella, as the company doesn't seem to have taken the Oscar-winning filmmaker up on the offer.
Rather than revisiting the franchise with a movie adaptation, most fans would likely prefer to revisit Goliath and pals in a revival of the animated series. With David already on board, a new Gargoyles series alone would help sell plenty of Disney+ subscriptions. Let's hope for the best. David's words come to us from ComicBook.com.