Comic book characters have taken the world by storm. Proof? The Avengers,a movie based on formerly B and C list comic book characters, with the exception of a Captain America, of course, is the third highest grossing film of all time. Yeah, a superhero film. Batman and Superman, the two of the greatest heroes in comic book history, are squaring off in a film Warner Brothers definitely wants to get some of that Avengers money. More proof of comic book characters taking the world by storm? One of the most popular shows on Television right now is The Walking Dead, based on an Image comic of the same name. Valiant Entertainment has seen that, and last month DMG, a big Chinese entertainment giant, invested a whole lot of money into them. Now we are getting some more news about this cinematic universe based on the self-proclaimed "biggest independent comic book company".
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valiant has signed a five-picture deal with Sony to bring two of its series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen starting in 2017. Both would get two feature films before a fifth film, Harbinger Wars, would bring both properties together, just like the Valiant crossover from 2013.
Here's some more info on both properties and the people involved.
Bloodshot, based on the comic book character of the same name, will be directed by the men who brought you John Wick, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who would be working from a screenplay by Jeff Wadlow (known for Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake and the upcoming Story of Your Life). Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will act as executive producers.
For Harbinger, Heisserer will provide the script, with potential directors being kept under wraps for the time being. All five of these films will be produced by Valiant's own Dinesh Shadasani, along with Original Film's Toby Jaffe (The Fast and Furious franchise, 21 Jump Street) Neal Moritz.
Now, what the heck are these films even about?
Bloodshot, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton, is a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory. Harbinger, created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and David Lapham, is a next-generation X-Men-esque storyline about a group of superpowered beings on the run from the Harbinger Foundation, an organization run by mysterious philanthropist Toyo Harada.
Both of these series were revived during Valiant's relaunch in 2012, which lead to the storyline of the fifth film, Harbinger Wars, in 2013.
In addition to the Bloodshot and Harbinger films, several other Valiant properties are in development, including the action-comedy adventure Archer & Armstrong (it's a really funny book), and the supernatural thriller Shadowman.
I think it is definitely time that something other than Marvel or DC (but I still love both of those a lot) would get the cinematic spot light, and with a universe as diverse and interesting as Valiant, it is only a matter of time. Image had great success with The Walking Dead (scratch that: has great success with The Walking Dead), so I wish the best for Valiant in the future.