Valiant comics gets a new owner — with ambitious plans for cinematic universe

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Jan 29, 2018, 12:26 PM EST

Valiant Entertainment’s foray into fleshing out a cinematic universe for its stable of comic book characters may be about to get a whole lot more ambitious. Under a newly-announced buyout that puts Valiant in the hands of DMG Entertainment, it looks like we’ll be getting a whole lot more character crossover — and a whole lot more movies.

DMG — a studio with a track record of genre credibility, thanks to co-production partnerships on movies like Looper, Iron Man 3, and Transcendence — bought Valiant Entertainment in a deal that aims to significantly elevate Valiant’s push into the film world. 

Valiant already has film deals for Harbinger, Bloodshot, Shadowman, X-O Manowar and more, as well as TV development deals for Quantum and Woody and Dr. Mirage

But DMG CEO Dan Mintz says his company — which already owned a majority stake in Valiant, according to The Hollywood Reporter — intends to evolve the Valiant roster after a pattern that should look familiar to fans of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.

“Our priority is to build upon Valiant’s vast universe of characters from a filmmaker’s perspective,” Mintz said in a press release announcing the deal. “I’m excited to immerse Valiant’s fans well beyond the stories we tell cinematically — from publishing to gaming to theme parks and beyond.”

Behind Marvel and DC, Valiant enjoys the world’s third-largest lineup of comic book properties, boasting a library of more than 2,000 characters, including Faith Herbert, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and Ninjak, to name a few.

The move looks amicable on both sides of the deal, with Valiant Chairman Peter Cuneo welcoming its potential to help Valiant “emerge as the global leader in multi-platform content under Mintz’s creative vision.”

Mintz told THR that his company has no plans to shake up the creative world that Valiant’s been hard at work building since its founding in 1987. But fans “can expect more strong storytelling with a defined road to other platforms,” as well as an expanded creative role, on the film side, from its existing lineup of comic book writers.