Voltron: Legendary Defender's Rhys Darby On The Evolution of Coran at SDCC

Sean Aitchison writes for Bleeding Cool from San Diego Comic-Con.

At San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down with Rhys Darby about his work on Netflix and Dreamworks' Voltron: Legendary Defender. When I asked him where he wanted to see the series go in regards to his character, Coran, he said the following:

I would love to see more of his back story, because it's so interesting, I mean he's apparently about 600 years old, unless I'm wrong. He's gone through so much, and we get little inklings as to what he was like as a youth, and he was sort of into gambling and things like that and you can see him hanging out in some pretty dodgy joints with some weird alien people, and wheeling and dealing, probably a lot of improvised dancing, sort of winning competitions here and there for this and that.

He wants to be kind of a superhero — that moment where he's got that cape and those crazy glasses and he thinks he's gonna fly. He's certainly into fashion, he's spectacular, but it [exploring his past] never quite gets there.

So, the thing it does get there with is that big massive base of knowledge he has to save the team. So, I'd like for him to get let loose and be in some sort of competition — that might even happen in the new season — where he doesn't have to use his smarts, and he can use his talents and see where that leads him.

Catch up on Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix, and keep an eye out for season 7, coming August 10th.

Sean Aitchison is a writer and creator with a passion for cartoons, anime, and comics. He graduated from CSUN and now writes for Comic Book Resources and Watch Mojo. He has also written for animation and is currently working on two podcast projects that will be coming soon. For more of his work, check out his website www.seanaitchison.com and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Sean8UrSon. 

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