How were DC’s iZombie comics different from the series? Changes Explored
iZombie premiered on the CW network in 2015 and the show ran for a total of five seasons. Based on a DC comic book series of the same name, iZombie featured Olivia “Liv” Moore’s journey. On the show, Liv was a medical examiner who turned into a zombie.
Unlike most zombie movies, in iZombie, Liv does not pass out after turning into a zombie. Instead, she gained powers which she used to solve crimes. Basically, she ate the victims’ brains to access their memories and personalities for a brief period. This way, she could use their memories to find out the identity of the culprit.
Millions of fans enjoyed iZombie because of its history; however, most of the community was unaware that the CW show did not stay exactly true to the source material. Instead, the network changed a lot of important things about the show, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
Explore the changes between iZombie TV show and comic
The name of the main protagonist was the first major thing that was different in the iZombie TV show. The main character’s name was Olivia “Liv” Moore in the series. However, in the comics, the character’s name is Gwen Dylan.
Besides the name, the significant difference in the iZombie the TV show was his world. In the comics, the world is full of other supernatural creatures such as werewolves and ghosts. However, the TV show only decided to focus on zombies to make it less competitive with other ongoing TV shows. Some of these creatures served as supporting characters in the comics, but since these creatures weren’t in the TV show, these supporting characters didn’t make the cut either.
Ellie, a ghost who died in the 1960s, was one of the comic book series’ most notable characters. Gwen befriends Ellie after becoming a zombie. However, Ellie was not a part of Gwen’s life on the TV show, and Peyton served as Ellie’s human replacement on the TV show.
Also, in the comics, Liv, or Gwen, became a zombie due to a supernatural event. However, on the show, Liv’s condition was due to an illness. So, Ravi spends most of his time looking for a cure for Liv’s condition, a series-exclusive story arc.
At the same time, Liv’s thirst for brains remains the same in the comics and TV shows. Liv and Gwen turned pale after consuming a human brain, but they still seemed human enough to hide their abilities from the world.
On the TV show, Liv has developed a taste for hot sauce as she loses her taste for everything else. Thus, she consumes human brains by creating different recipes from the hot sauce. However, Gwen has no problem consuming the human brain in its raw form in the comics. So, it’s something else that was created just for the TV show.
The TV show features Liv returning to her past life and interacting with people from her past life after becoming a zombie. However, things weren’t the same in the comics as Gwen doesn’t remember her past life after gaining these powers. She only gets a few flashes of her past life, but she has no choice but to move on to her new life.