At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, audiences got to take a first bite out of reginald-the-vampire” data-ylk=”slk:Reginald the Vampire” class=”link “Reginald the Vampire, a blood-sucking new SYFY series set to premiere this fall starring Jacob Batalon, best known for his work in the latest Spider-Man trilogy.
Based on Johnny B. Truant’s Fat Vampire novels, Reginald the Vampire will see the titular freshly-turned vamp navigate an underground world of beautiful, vain creatures of the night — many of whom don’t take too kindly to Reginald’s take on vampire-dome.
To give fans a first look and insider perspective into the series, premiering on SYFY on Oct. 5, Batalon was joined onstage at SDCC by his co-stars — Mandela Van Peebles, Em Haine, and Savannah Basley — as well as showrunner Harley Peyton, executive producer and director Jeremiah Chechnik, and EP Lindsay Macadam. The panel’s host, Truant, started by asking Peyton why he’d decided to option his books and adapt them for television in the first place. Simply put, Peyton had read them and fell in love, especially with the main character and his journey, the idea of “emblematically learning that inside there’s a kind of special place that no one knows about.”
Reginald, for his part, is charismatic but awkward, and just trying to find his place in the world. He likes a girl who he isn’t sure likes him back and his life isn’t what he feels he was promised. He needs some divine (or, rather, undead) inspiration. Peyton emphasized the irony of only figuring out what life is all about after dying, but at the very least, Reginald has someone to lean on: His sire, Maurice.
Van Peebles, who portrays Maurice, is different from what Truant initially described