Valiant Entertainment – the award-winning comic book publisher with a library of more than 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and more – and DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based leader in global entertainment, today announced a new partnership to span motion pictures, television, publishing, and licensing that will culminate in the big screen debut of Valiant’s universe of characters in theaters around the world.
In conjunction with this new partnership, DMG has made an eight-figure investment into Valiant, which the company will use to further its efforts in international publishing, film, television, licensing and beyond. DMG has dedicated an additional nine-figures of film financing capital toward the production of theatrical films and television programs based on Valiant’s library of iconic superhero characters.
In total, the new agreement is the first deal of its kind brokered between an internationally based entertainment company and a leading independent publisher of comic books and graphic novels. The unprecedented partnership between Valiant and DMG offers both companies the ability to develop and co-produce tent-pole theatrical films for distribution and release simultaneously in the United States, China, and the rest of the world.
“Global markets, like China, offer the greatest opportunities for monetization from merchandising, licensing, as well as revenues from film and television properties. Comic superheroes are the most lucrative and sought after IP for movie franchises, so taking a stake in the last independent massive comic universe is a strategic investment for DMG that will produce movies and TV that are both appealing and relevant to a global audience,” said DMG CEO Dan Mintz. “We are excited by the opportunity to bring these incredibly engaging characters and their stories to the big screen.”
“Today marks one of Valiant’s biggest milestones yet with a huge step towards bringing the Valiant characters to the big screen and forging the foundation of the first truly international cinematic universe,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “By bringing Valiant’s biggest heroes to theaters around the world in concert with our new partners at DMG, we look forward to making Valiant not only an iconic name in comics, but global entertainment as well.”
Current Valiant feature films in development include the previously announced “Bloodshot” from Sony Pictures in partnership with Original Film; as well as “Shadowman” in partnership with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by J. Michael Straczynski; and “Archer & Armstrong,” also with the Sean Daniel Company from a script by BenDavid Grabinski; among others.
Valiant has also already begun development on several television projects.
Of note, Valian does have several black heroes in its vast library, and Shadowman, which, as mentioned above, is one of the characters with a project currently in development, is one of them! His story in brief: also known as Jack Boniface, Shadowman was born into a life of magic and the supernatural. Young Jack Boniface would never know either parent thanks to their lifestyle. His father seemingly vanished before he was born, while his mother Helena disappeared when he was around eight. As a ward of the state, he went from foster home to foster home, with only a medallion handed down from his parents as a keepsake. He grew up to have a diverse skill set, working at a local museum in New Orleans. There his boss managed to dig up all the information he could find on his parents. The revelation of their criminal background caused him to finally discard the medallion he had always held so dear. This act caused him to start manifesting the “shadowman powers” and brought him to the attention of both good and evil magic users. His powers vary and seem endless: he’s immortal, navigating between the land of the living and the dead; he has no fear; has super strength and endurance; he’s able to see in the dark; he can regenerate; he can glide; has enhanced reflexes; and possesses other “voodoo powers,” says the press write-up.
No mention in the press release where development on “Shadowman” the movie, currently stands.
Other black characters in the Valiant universe that could see screen time, given the size of and plans of this agreement, include Atomus, Shakespeare, Animalia, Livewire, Sosa The Undying, Ishmael and others.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant has a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators – including former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter; “Iron Man” writer and artist, Bob Layton; and the writer and illustrator of “Wolverine: Weapon X,” Barry Windsor-Smith – Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics.