As Marvel continues to expand their cinematic universe with DC looking to catch up shortly, the next big comic company to make the move to the big screen will be the Valiant universe.
It was recently revealed that Valiant Entertainment has partnered up with DMG Entertainment, who co-produced Iron Man 3 with Marvel Studios. Valiant’s deal with the Chinese company includes an eight-figure equity investment, along with a nine-figure production deal that will see the Valiant universe joining Marvel and DC on TV and in theaters. We’ve been hearing rumors of a few Valiant films already in production, like Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot, and this deal only further confirms that we will be seeing a new comic powerhouse in Hollywood.
Peter Cuneo, Valiant Entertainment’s Chairman:
“Valiant’s iconic stable of intellectual property and world class management team coupled with DMG’s unmatched skill with entertainment brand building in China make a formidable partnership. We will look forward to introducing some of the most popular superheroes of all time to the world’s fastest growing market across all media forms.”
From DMG President Wu Bing’s press release:
“Audiences in China and the rest of the world are hungry for heroic stories that they can more easily relate to … and with the international box office accounting for the biggest piece of the total gross, the time is right for a truly international superhero franchise, DMG will bring its unique global perspective to the task of transforming the Valiant Universe into the first international comic-movie universe.”
Valiant was first formed in 1989 by former controversial Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, along with writer Bob Layton. The company was then sold to Acclaim Entertainment, who cancelled and rebooted the universe to make it more video-game friendly. Eventually Acclaim shut down, taking the comic company with them.
Recently Valiant returned as Valiant Entertainment, and rebooted their comic universe with some great creators behind some of their fan-favorite characters like Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and X-O Manowar. The relaunch took the comic world by storm, and re-introduced the Valiant universe to a new generation of comic readers. The new line has continued to grow over the last couple of years, bringing back more series and characters from Valiant’s history for the modern comic reader to enjoy.
There has been a bit of a waiting game over the last few years as we waited to see which comic company in the top 5 would step up to take the next lead in comic movie adaptations, with Image Comics making a few creator-oriented deals over the last few months, and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn having another film rumored for a couple of years now. Dark Horse rounds out the top 5, although their few original characters haven’t found a foothold in Hollywood yet, and Dark Horse still seems focused on adapting film properties into the comic book world, as opposed to the inverse.
Fans of Valiant are no doubt excited by this news, and those of us in the know can’t wait for the official announcement of a Quantum & Woody movie, among the other great characters that Valiant could adapt in the future. We expect more news to come shortly regarding the announcement and development of these comic adaptations, so keep checking Grizzly Bomb for all the Valiant movie news you can handle.
Which Valiant characters would you like to see on the big screen? Any titles you think would work better on TV? Are you sick and tired of comic book movies and don’t want to see Valiant jump into the ring? If you’re here on GB, the last question probably doesn’t apply to you, but let us know in the comments section below or join the discussion on the Grizzlybomb Facebook page!
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