Riverdale has become a TV phenomenon, filling a pervasive need for dramatic, high school-centric eye candy. Based on the classic Archie comics but updated in an darker style more aligned with Twin Peaks than its illustrated counterpart, the CW series has turned out to be a resounding success for its network.
Everyone's familiar with Archie's iconic red hair, but do you know how the rest of the Riverdale actors originally looked as comic book characters? Even the comics themselves have changed and been updated over the years since, after all, they were first published in 1939. But aside from CW making everyone look finer than an average high schooler ever is in real life, there are some interesting updates to the Riverdale version of Archie comics, and a few spots of perfect casting.
Check out this list of Riverdale actors lined up against their comic book characters and see how loyal to aesthetic The CW has been with their hot new series.
Comics Veronica: Dark hair, red lipstick, expensive clothing a few cuts above what the average high schooler is wearing, and her attitude's the sultry, sassy version of Betty's sweet. She has money and knows how to use it.
TV Veronica: As with Betty, the look is spot-on here. The main trio are all great images of their comic counterparts. Veronica in Riverdale still has money and knows how to use it, but her relationship dynamics with parent figures are different and more complex than in the comics.
Comics Archie: A fresh-faced redhead with his blue letterman's jacket and a shabby car that always seems to fall apart when he's got a hot date. He spends most of his time chasing Veronica, but usually settles for hanging out with Betty if Veronica's playing hard to get.
TV Archie: Wipe away the freckles, tone down the goofy grin, mute the style color choices, and give him some abs. Archie in Riverdale has a similar aesthetic to his comic original, appropriated slightly and buffed out enormously to fit the show's edgier style.
Comics Betty: A blonde, pony-tailed girl in chic-but-not-expensive clothes. She's constantly lovesick for Archie, but more often than not playing third wheel to Veronica.
TV Betty: A spot-on recreation of her comic counterpart, at least visually. But in Riverdale she's a much more independent feminist. And, while still best friends with Archie, in the show she dates Jughead. That would NEVER happen in comics-land.
Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)
Comics Cheryl: An occasional cameo in the Archie comics series, she has bright red hair and piercing eyes, and is a socialite on par with Veronica Lodge. They're all casual friends.
TV Cheryl: She starts out the series as a tormented, evil villainous, and it only gets more complex from there. She's a much darker counterpart to her comics original, and her muted red hair and bright red lipstick is a more luxury-gothic interpretation than the bouncy Cheryl you knew previously.