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Comics 411: Looking at Which Comic Books Deserve a TV Show

March 14, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Astro City Confession

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Last week we took A Look at Stan Lee’s Latest Troubles Here’s what some of you had to say:

Woooo In My Woooooo: “The guy’s 95 years old and has pneumonia. That’s problem enough.”

Kyatollah: “Where is his daughter?”

David Wilkinson: “It’s probably some greedy offspring.”

Jailbreak: “Sounds like Casey Kasem situation once again.”

armchair theologian: “Abuse of any kind is terrible, but elder abuse has an especially loathsome quality to it. Looks like its time to get the courts involved, unfortunately, and make sure Stan is okay.”

To read ALL the comments from the column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

Which Comic Book Deserves a TV Show?

Last week Netflix bought the film rights to Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe comics in a massive, seven-figure deal. The deal gives Netflix movie rights to six of Liefeld’s titles: Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, and Kaboom.

Akiva Goldsman will set up and head the writers’ room and along with Liefeld and Brooklyn Weaver will be the producers.

The deal with Extreme Universe and Goldsman branched out from an earlier deal for Liefeld’s Avengelyne, which he is developing to direct at Paramount. This deal also gives Netflix the opportunity at a branded series of films with new characters.

“Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Universe features gritty stories and distinctive characters,” said Netflix feature film chief Scott Stuber. “Akiva’s creative voice has been behind some of the largest movie franchises, making him uniquely capable of helping bring these superheroes from the Extreme Universe to life for Netflix.”

Said Goldsman: “Rob is a unique and innovative talent who knows how to combine hard-edged comic book action with real emotionality. Netflix has the ambition, reach, and dedication to bring his universe to life.”

Said Liefeld: “Netflix has become a part of every day existence for me and my children. Their programming is the most dynamic and diverse I have seen. I am beyond thrilled and inspired to be bringing my Extreme catalog to life with the creative wizards at Netflix. What Akiva Goldsman has achieved with his craft and storytelling across all mediums in our industry is of absolute benefit for my Extreme characters. He is an absolute comic book fanatic and working with him on adapting Extreme Universe has been electric. His stellar work on Star Trek Discovery has wowed the fandom and trust me when I say that the Teen Titans show he is producing is going to blow fans away. I cannot wait to show the world what we have in store.”

It will be interesting to see how Netflix does with the Extreme Universe and how it’s received by audiences. You can be sure Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and others will be looking around for their own characters as well.

For me, Matt Wagner’s Grendel or Mage would be awesome to see as a series. Both are rich with characters that would translate well on the small screen.

It recently came out that Vin Diesel will star in the sci-fi action flick Bloodshot, adapted from the Valiant comic book series. Valiant is pushing hard to crossover to increase their mainstream appeal and they have a number of books that would do well on television.

Astro City is one book that I would absolutely love to find a home with someone who would give it the proper budget and attention. The anthology comic series could translate into an anthology TV series, with its large cast of characters, with small cameo roles that come back to take center stage in later episodes.

What about you? What comic would you like to see on TV?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!