The premise behind Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods‘ is that the old Gods are fading and plan to take down the newer generation and none of the newer are more present in everyday life than Technical Boy. Today we’ve got our first look at him and right off the bat it is quite clear that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have made some massive alterations to the character’s look.
His original description was that of a fat, bratty, nerd-child who ended up driving around in a limo at all times. As you can tell by the following photo, that look is long gone:
Of course, when the 2001 novel was written we weren’t quite as attached to our mobile devices which now quite literally sit in everyone’s pocket or on our wrist all day long. Looks like a limo still applies but the rest, not quite so much. According to Green:
“Technology has gone from something that was the province of the young to something ubiquitous and in your pocket, and the aesthetics of that have changed. Technology very much has a tie into fashion, which goes in cycles and changes overnight. What’s in fashion, technologically, and what’s in fashion, in fashion, are minute to minute and you can’t possibly keep up. And we look to the Technical Boy to be someone who’s very much a victim of both. The idea of feeling like you have to feed the beast of what’s new and what’s fresh is very much in his mind.”
So with that changing all of the time, what about Technical Boy’s look?
“Nothing he’s wearing could have been accomplishable 15 years ago when the book first came out. His clothes reflect modern methods that even we were introduced to for this [show].
“Every time you see the Technical Boy, he’ll be in something else, completely different regalia. Like a lot of people in that period, he’s constantly trying on new looks and new personas.”
Honestly, that sounds like a good way to blend technology with how it is being used today. With Fuller’s amazing stylistic approaches it also feels like it should fit with how he likes to present his characters in the small screen. While I’m always iffy on changes from the source material, Fuller has more than proven that he has an eye for detail at this point.
Are you looking forward to ‘American Gods’? What are your thoughts on the changes to Technical Boy? I’m interested in reading your comments below!
American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
Source: Screen Rant
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