ABC Family released a teaser trailer on Tuesday for the new series Shadowhunters. And it was definitely heavy on the tease. Not due for release until 2016, they didn't show us much - just a symbol. But for us rabid Mortal Instruments fans, it was enough to make us squee with anticipatory delight!
The show stars Katherine McNamara (The Fosters) as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Acadamy) as Jace Wayland and Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. as the awesomely flamboyant warlock Magnus Bane. For those of you unfamiliar, Shadowhunters is based on a series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare. They center around Clary Fray, a seemingly normal teenage girl with a normal teenage life until she discovers she is anything but. Her mother is - or was - a Shadowhunter, a member of a secret race of people with the ability to see and kill demons. Clary is unceremoniously yanked from her existence and thrust into a world of warlocks, demons and hunters. She discovers love and loss, heartbreak and joy and finds herself along the way.
Sound familiar? You might remember the movie City of Bones, the adaptation of the first novel that graced the big screen a few years back. No? That's okay, not a lot of people do. Because not a lot of people went to see it. I saw it. Heck, I own it. But it's really not very good. More than that, it's disappointing. It had the potential to be incredible; the cast was fantastic, the set design was gorgeous and they managed to really capture the mood of the first book. But the movie just couldn't tell the story and do it justice in two hours. The story was rushed and insubstantial; the filmmakers relied too heavily on the characters explaining the story rather than allowing the film to tell the story. As a member of the audience, it left me feeling patronized; like the studio just didn't think I was bright enough to wrap my silly little head around the plot.
In spite of the sub par, borderline insulting film, I was still disappointed when I discovered there would be no more Mortal Instruments movies. But now, there's ABC Family to give me hope again. And Shadowhunters has a huge opportunity and an enormous obligation. In a sea of male dominated superhero media, ABC Family and Shadowhunters has the chance to give a new generation of girls what Joss Whedon gave us so many years ago in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; a kick-ass girl hero. Because they need it...they deserve it. And Clary Fray has that much potential. She's not a simpering support character waiting on the sidelines for the hero to notice her. She IS the hero. And that means something.
Needless to say, I'll be watching and waiting in all my fan girl glory for this to premiere. In the meantime, post your thoughts in the comments section below or fire off a tweet and we can chat! Are you excited for Shadowhunters? Have you read the books? What are you most excited about seeing?