Cinematic universes have been the big thing ever since Marvel accomplished one of the biggest successes a studio can do. That’s why many production companies tried to replicate its breakthrough. But just think about Trese doing it—an animated series revolving around the Philippine mythos and culture. Now, that’s something I would love to see.
I got the privilege to ask the creators of Trese if they would like to create a multiverse for the series. It is an anime based on the graphic novel created by KaJO Baldisimo and Budjette Tan. The onscreen version was written by Tanya Yuson and directed by Jay Oliva (DC Animated films, The Legend of Korra). It revolves around the Philippine mythos and culture.
Jay started with how he and Tanya talked about how they would interpret the graphic novel to the screen.
Tanya and I were discussing which stories in the original comics to adapt. Because in the original order there were only six episodes. There’s only so much you can fit in it. And I think we fit a lot from the original set of volumes. I remember I called her towards the end, wrapping up episode six and I was like ‘I really wish we had a bigger order. There’s so much that I wanna do.
Then he already proceeded with what he thinks about creating something big, like a universe of its own.
But in terms of your multiverse, Budjette and KaJo created a world that is so diverse in so many ways and so many other characters. There are so many things that are yet to be touched upon that are in the later books that I’d love to do as well as expand. There are ideas that Tanya and I have where we are adapting the later books, but also adding so much more to it. But I hope Budjette and KaJo are ok with it. Hopefully, we get another pickup and explore that.
The director of most of the DC Animated Universe also talked about how the animated series Trese is separate from the graphic novel.
The version that we’re doing is an animated series. I told Tanya, as well as KaJo and Budjette that we’re doing it separate from the comic and it’s gonna exist on its own, but at the same time, it’s going to hopefully please the fans and bring in new audiences.
Then he shared how he wanted Philippine culture to be known and appreciated around the world.
The main thing really is to really spread the culture of the Philippines and show the pride that at least I have of where my family’s from and that to me was where I wanna focus on—family, duty, and what does that mean. That is one of the main themes that we wanna make sure was universal so even though we don’t follow the comics exactly.
He also joked about imagining fans of both the animated series and the novel debating which one is better.
But if we get to that point, that’s an uptown problem. I wanna hear the fans debating about it, you know. Like, the original comic, the animated series. To me, it’s all good because it is celebrating the world that KaJo and Budjette created.
Not long after, creator Budjette Tan also jumped in, laughing. He also kidded about people coming up to him, asking about a multiverse.
It would be great to reach the point where the anime is so big and someone will come to us, like, ‘You know, this would make a great comic book.’ Just one last point, it’s so scary every time somebody says ‘we’re going to create a multiverse.’ That just calls the gods of Hollywood to just strike ‘em down.
The creator also elaborated on how they wanted to take things slow in terms of creating something bigger.
And I think with how I and KaJo have done it, Jay and Tanya have done it, we just do it one story at a time, one season at a time, and take it from there. When we say Trese is the sixth child, I have no idea who the other brothers were. And now we got it to a point where, okay, let’s talk about the other brothers. So, yeah, we are making this up as we go along, and let’s see how the first season does.
Interviewing such talented individuals like these creators and also the voice behind Alexandra Trese, Liza Soberano has been nothing but amazing. They created a world that is both haunting and beautiful at the same time. I can’t wait for people to see it.
And can you believe it? It’s already on Netflix! Bring out your sinag (punyal), and let’s do this!
A person born between the generations of Millenial and Gen Z. I believe I have a fresh take on things, but can still stay true to my roots. I write anything in Pop Culture as long as it suits my taste (if it doesn't, it was only for work). I love to wander around the cosmos, then come back with a story to publish.