Get ready for an entirely new comic book cinematic universe in the near future. Sony is reportedly getting very serious about their Valiant Comics adaptations as they have bumped up their in-development Harbinger movie. Not only that, but they are still planning a Bloodshot movie as well, along with a couple of sequels and a crossover.
The Wrap reported on Monday that Sony is moving ahead with a five-movie plan centered on the characters from the Harbinger and Bloodhsot comic books. The movies will reportedly conclude with a Harbinger Wars event movie, assuming that everything goes well and that people turn out to see the first couple of movies. Sony appears to be very serious about making the project a priority, as they already renewed their option for Harbinger so that they can retain the rights.
Harbinger already has some promising talent behind it. Eric Heisserer, writer of the horror hit Lights Out and the upcoming sci-fi movie Arrival is set to pen the script for the movie. There are no Solid plot details available, but according to the report the movie will follow the 2012 Bloodshot comic book storyline, with that character being introduced as a villain in Harbinger before getting his own spinoff movie later. For those who may not be familiar with Harbinger, here is a synopsis of the book from Valiant Comics.
"Super-powered teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he's a psionically-charged "harbinger" with the potential to reshape the course of human history. But Peter's plight has not gone unnoticed. Respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger Toyo Harada is about to offer Peter the chance at the things for which the boy has always longed - family, inner peace, self-control - and induct him into the sprawling, secret network of conspiracy and subversion known as the Harbinger Foundation. Now Peter begins his long road towards a destiny that will shake the very foundations of the Valiant Universe. His first lesson? All power comes with a price."
While Valiant may not have the same name recognition that Marvel or DC has, they have a seriously large untapped well of superheroes to potentially bring to the big screen. The publisher has more than 2,000 characters, which gives them the third largest stable of superheroes to choose from, trailing only DC and Marvel. Since Warner Bros. is busy cranking out a ton of DC Comics movies, and Marvel Studios and Fox knee-deep in Marvel Comics character based movies, Valiant is a potentially viable option for Sony, in terms of getting into the superhero game. They do still technically own the rights to Spider-Man, but given their deal with Marvel Studios, they can pretty much just sit back and cash paychecks, allowing them to focus on this new Valliant plan.
The report didn't mention any specific release dates for any of the Valiant Comics movies that Sony is planning. It does appear that Harbinger is a major priority for the studio, so we would suspect that it will be sooner rather than later. Bloodshot, which revolves around a soldier who is terribly wounded and healed with nanotechnology and has to round up the Harbingers, was announced previously by the studio, but has been pushed back in order to make way for the Harbinger movie. We'll be sure to keep you updated as more specific details on the Valiant Comics movies become available.