Basing a movie on a comic book, once a point of derision, is now so common that we can expect 11 more movies from Marvel and another 11 from DC Comics. But the latest comic book that's getting the full-screen treatment isn't from Marvel or its archrivals at DC: It's Infinite Horizon, from the smaller, yet equally fabulous, Image Comics.
Infinite Horizon is based on a familiar source, The Odyssey, Homer's epic poem from 2700 years in the past. According to Variety, "In the series, the storyline follows a soldier with no name who, after surviving years of war, ends up stranded halfway across the globe when the conflict ended. Getting home means going through the hell: escaping shipwrecks, beating a vicious opponent wearing a cycloptic combat armor and resisting the siren’s call of a predatory society."
Instead of following Odysseus from war-torn Troy to his home in Ithaca, our protagonist, "The Captain," is trying to return from post-war Syria to his home in the post-apocalyptic Catskills (but oddly, not Ithaca, New York).
Infinite Horizon is written by Gerry Duggan, who has also written Attack of the Show and the high-octane videogame Sunset Overdrive; it's drawn by artist Phil Noto, whose interior art includes Batgirl, X-Men: Origins and Before Watchmen: The Minutemen. Infinite Horizon was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2008 for Best New Series. (It lost to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8.)
Greg Berlanti, the producer of Arrow and The Flash, will be producing the movie for Warner Bros. -- the film studio that releases DC Comics movies. Unless Marvel adds another movie to its slate, or raids the archives of Dark Horse Comics, Warner Bros. will be one comic-book movie ahead of Marvel's home studio, The Walt Disney Company.
What we really want to know, though, is when, if Image is getting into the movie game, its fabulous Saga series going to get a big-screen treatment.