Start growing your Viltrumite mustache now, because Invincible is heading to the big screen.
As announced today by the Hollywood Reporter, Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman and artist Cory Walker’s beloved superhero creation will be punching heads at Universal Pictures in a film written, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Invincible is a fan-favorite series that has been running for 14 years, with art first from Cory Walker and then by Ryan Ottley from the eighth issue on. The series—which will release its 135th issue this month—follows the life of Mark Grayson, the son of the superhero known as Omni-Man, an immensely powerful alien who passed his flight, strength, speed and invulnerability on to Mark, whose powers emerge as a teenager. He becomes the superhero Invincible and befriends many other young heroes before eventually discovering that the Viltrumites—the race that his father is from—are not as peaceful as he was led to believe.
Invincible is one of the longest-running comics in Image Comics’ catalog, and is currently one of the longest-running comic books out there. It’s known for its wildly over-the-top action sequences, colorful cast, cheeky subversions of the superhero genre, and well-rounded characters. The series is slated to end later this year with issue #144.
Kirkman is attached to produce along with Rogen and Goldberg, and seems to be aiming for another Walking Dead-sized success. “Invincible's surprising, edgy, shocking, and oftentimes blood-soaked story couldn't be in more capable hands,” he said of the directorial team. “… I'm very confident this will be another superhero movie, in a long line of superhero movies that continues to prove that it's a viable, thrilling genre that will keep people coming to the cinema for years to come.”
Rogen and Goldberg have a long history of collaboration with movies such as Pineapple Express, This Is the End, The Interview, Sausage Party and, yes, unfortunately The Green Hornet. Though if you’re worried that the movie might end up like their last superhero flick, they also have had more recent success with a comic book adaptation on television, producing AMC’s Preacher.
No release date was announced, so we don’t yet know how long we’ll have to wait to see Invincible, Atom Eve, Allen the Alien, Robot, Rex-Splode and all the rest on the big screen, but it’s exciting news nonetheless! Who would you like to see join the cast of Invincible? Do Rogen and Goldberg make you excited or nervous? Let us know in the comments below!
(Artwork by Ryan Ottley)