Mike Tyson Mysteries has been given the green light from Adult Swim in a decision that couldn’t be more logical if Mr. Spock himself were showrunner.
According to a Friday report from The Wrap, the network, which celebrates bawdy animated comedy, has approved the idea for a crime caper that teams the former baddest man on the planet with a foul-mouthed pigeon in an ongoing series of adventures.
The series will run a quarter-hour with some live action appearances featuring Iron Mike himself.
In a press release, the studio included two of the kinds of cases Tyson and pigeon will solve: ” … like how to defeat a super computer at chess or why a famous author/werewolf can’t finish his novel.”
(Okay, so “crime caper” may have been a bit of an overstatement on our part.)
Cartoon Tyson will also sport a magical face tattoo much like the non-magical real-life one he wears around every day on his actual face. Mike Tyson Mysteries will be animated by the team at Warner Bros Animation.
As crazy as a cartoon of Tyson may sound — and specifically, this cartoon — we think it’s probably a better idea than what he recently shared with the New York Daily News.
“Wouldn’t Shakespeare be awesome? … That black guy … could you imagine me in Othello?”
(No, Mike. On both counts.)
Still, Othello would be preferable to seeing Tyson back in a boxing ring. Following one of the most dominant runs the sport has ever known, Tyson was knocked out by journeyman James “Buster” Douglas on the night of February 11, 1990.
The fight has remained as one of the greatest upsets in sports history. It’s also one of the best knockouts. Here’s a look:
Still, Tyson managed to put together a successful comeback, winning his next four bouts before a rape conviction sent him to jail for three years.
In 1995, he launched another successful series of bouts before hitting a brick wall in two fights against Evander Holyfield. After those two losses — one TKO and one insane disqualification for gnawing off a piece of Holyfield’s ear — Tyson was never the same.
He left the ring for good in 2005 after losing to a string of fighters that the young Mike Tyson would have probably murdered in the ring.
Since then, acting has been a building interest with appearances in The Hangover films and Scary Movie 5. Hopefully, we’ll get to see him do voice-work on Mike Tyson Mysteries. That would be interesting, don’t you think?