More superheroes, another cinematic universe…
Comic book writer/artist Rob Liefeld best known for creating X-FORCE, CABLE and DEADPOOL for Marvel has signed a deal to bring original characters from his ‘Extreme Universe’ to the silver screen. Taking on the unenviable task of crafting a cinematic universe filled with characters no one’s clamouring to watch the films of will be producer Graham King and producer/screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. But a spandex smorgasbord is a guaranteed massive cash-in, right?
Of the deal, Liefeld said: “Over the past nearly 25 years, since launching Image Comics, I’ve been lucky enough to see the power of these stories and characters as they’ve resonated with several generations of comic book fans. To now be able to work with Akiva Goldsman and Graham King, who are powerhouses in their own right, to bring these compelling characters and conflicts to life on the big screen is nothing short of a dream come true!”
The ‘Extreme Universe’ is what the Marvel and DC Universes would be if… well, they were a bit more EXTREME in every way. Containing 9 series and over 100 characters, the ‘Extreme Universe’ is very similar to our own, only: superheroes exist, human anatomy is stranger than you think, and swords look better with guns attached. The rights to some of the characters had been sold previously, and aren’t part of the franchise deal but those that are include:
- Bloodstrike: A covert super-powered assassination team of walking, talking reanimated corpses saved from the afterlife to kill for the US government. Each team member required treatment provided by their bosses to stay alive, so they couldn’t just walk away and get another job.
- Supreme: A white-haired, red cape wearing, arrogant and ultra-violent superbeing with similar powers to that guy from Krypton. He considered himself a god but could have been: a lab experiment, victim of alien radiation, or an angel.
- Glory: The daughter of Queen Demeter of the Amazonians and Lord Silverfall of the Underworld, who didn’t fit in with either of her peoples. So, she flew away to fight Nazis. Obviously.
- Prophet: A homeless man signed up to a WW2 supersoldier program (remind you of anyone) but the so-called scientist in charge was actually a time traveller. The man woke up in the present day instead.
- New Men: Lots of unlucky people were granted superpowers through alien experiments. All was well until the aliens decided to return and check-up on their children, as tyrannical overbearing parents do.
Further details about the latest superhero franchise you-never-knew-you-wanted-until-you-didn’t are to be announced.