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At 2:45 pm today at New York Comic Con, Valiant and Bat in the Sun announced the upcoming Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe, a six-episode webseries. The series will focus on all-out violence between Ninjak and other headliner characters in the Valiant universe.
Foes include X-O Manowar, Livewire, Roku, Armstrong, and Bloodshot. Take a look at the official trailer here — though I have to warn for blood and gore:
I had the luck to get into the super-packed panel — called VALIANT X BAT IN THE SUN: TOP SECRET PROJECT. Believe me when I say that sitting in that auditorium, watching that audience come alive at the sight of their favorite heroes and villains, I became a fan myself. Big cheers rang out at entrances from fan favorites Bloodshot, Livewire, Roku, X-O Manowar, and, of course, Ninjak himself.
In addition to announcing Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe, Valiant let us know that they have started an entire division to take care of stuff like this. Valiant Digital will maintain the live-action properties like Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe and any others. Bat in the Sun, famous for their Superhero Beat Down series of videos, will act as the production company.
Headlining the series we have Michael Rowe (previously in Arrow). His supporting cast: Kevin Porter (Armstrong), Ciera Foster (Livewire), Jason David Frank (Bloodshot), Chantelle Barry (Roku), and David Theler (X-O Manowar). Each actor seems dedicated and excited to play their character and share them with the world. I particularly liked Ciera Foster’s comment about her excitement at playing such a strong and powerful female character.
Another fun part of the panel came toward the end of the Q&A. They showed us secret teaser footage not found online of Bloodshot fighting some bad guys. The special effects rocked, and the whole thing looks great. The people at Valiant and Bat in the Sun seem to care a lot about being faithful to the comics. That clearly means a lot to their storytelling and to their audience.
In terms of release dates, we don’t have anything nailed down yet.
I for one can’t wait to see where this goes. Seeing another company stepping into the live action superhero stage is huge. If they can carve out a niche, there’s no telling what other great stories may follow, both at Valiant and at other companies.