Robert Rodriguez, Diego Boneta Adapting El Gato Negro Comic for TV

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BY September 15, 2019

Director Robert Rodriguez and actor Diego Boneta are adapting the El Gato Negro comic into a series for Apple TV+, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If you haven’t heard of the independent comic series, then here’s what you need to know before you watch.

The World of the El Gato Negro Comic

First, you should know that Richard Dominguez created the character El Gato Negro (The Black Cat) in the early 90s. In October 1993, Dominguez began publishing the comic books through his own company, Azteca Productions. The first book was an immediate hit, selling out its run in the first 2 months. The story focuses on south Texas social worker Francisco “Pancho” Guerrero. After drug smugglers murder his best friend, Guerrero becomes the vigilante El Gato Negro. Like Batman, El Gato Negro has no superpowers. Therefore, like Batman, he uses his athleticism and wits to fight crime.

Throughout the series, he fights various drug lords and their respective organizations. The series ran for 3 years and ended on a cliffhanger. However, Dominguez later revived the series.

El Gato Negro: Nocturnal Warrior debuted in November 2005. It functions as a kind of reboot of the original series. That is to say, it retells the story from the first book and then goes on to new adventures from there. This series, which is still running, is the one that Rodriguez and Boneta are adapting.

El Gato Negro: The Show

Boneta has apparently been trying to get an adaptation off the ground for some time. However, he’d had no luck until he discussed it with Supergirl writer Eric Carrasco. Boneta liked Carrasco’s take, so he will be writing the series. Rodriguez will direct and executive produce the show, while Boneta will star as the Black Cat himself. Boneta is currently starring in Netflix’s Luis Miguel series, although you can also see him in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate. Rodriguez directed Alita: Battle Angel most recently, although you probably know a lot of his past work, including Spy Kids.

El Gato Negro, the show, is in the early stages of production for Apple TV+. But stay tuned and we’ll let y’all know any new details. Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you’ll be tuning in or if you’re subscribing to Apple’s streamer.

Featured image via Jeremy Browning/Azteca Productions

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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