Tim Burton’s Wednesday Addams: First look at Nevermore Academy!

by Eve Andrews

As a lifelong Tim Burton fan who grew up with several original 1930/40s Addams Family comic strips, I was pretty hyped to learn that Netflix would be producing a Wednesday Addams spinoff series with Burton in the Director’s chair. A fan-favourite since the first comic came to light in 1938, Wednesday Addams is way overdue for her time in the spotlight, and we can’t think of anyone better to helm the project than the spooky King of Macabre himself. And now, with the official teaser having just dropped, we finally get our first look at what Burton and his team have in store. 

The first thing we notice is, of course, Jenna Ortega in the title role of Wednesday, sporting the classic black braids and a creative take on the button-up dress worn by her comic book counterpart. And with her harsh gaze, measured tone and stoic expression, Ortega is instantly recognisable as Wednesday. From what we see in the trailer, she appears to be absolutely crushing this role and its performance I can’t wait to see more of. And while Wednesday will be the primary focus of the series, she won’t be the only Addams making an appearance. Alongside Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday, we will be seeing Catherine Zeta-Jones Morticia, Luis Guzmán as Gomez, and Isaac Ordonez as her beloved baby brother, Pugsley – all of whom appear to be doing a stellar job at capturing their respective members of our favourite, freaky family. 

In terms of where the story will take us, the trailer gives us some pretty good clues. In typical Tim Burton fashion, Wednesday Addams appears to tell the tale of an outcast unable to fall into place with her peers. But the twist here is, unlike a typical underdog story, fitting in isn’t something that Wednesday cares to even attempt. And it’s her stark difference that leads us into the halls of Nevermore Academy! The creepy Academy that brought together Morticia and Gomez, you’d think that little Wednesday would fit right in. So it’s all the more intriguing to speculate on what scrapes she will be getting herself into.

Promising a series “full of mystery, mayhem and murder”, Wednesday Addams falls into the comic horror category, suggesting that the currently shocking scene of a school swimming pool devolving into a pirana-infested bloodbath will feel tamer and tamer as the series progresses. And honestly, we’re for it. It’s been a while since Burton has brought us a wacky horror flick, and given that the last two on-screen Addams family adaptations were geared toward younger audiences, it will be exciting to have a version that leans less into kooky and more into spooky.

While an exact date has not yet been confirmed, we do know that Wednesday Addams will premiere on Netflix this Autumn. And it will likely be on a Wednesday.

Are you excited about Tim Burton’s Wednesday Addams? Tell us what you think of the trailer in the comment section below!


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