Now that Marvel and DC both have their cinematic universes in full swing, it’s time for some of the more independent companies to come out of the woodwork and give it a shot. The first to do so as enthusiastically as their competitors is Valiant, which is currently developing a handful of their stories for TV and film adaptations – including Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Quantum & Woody.
Next in line is Shadowman, another Valiant property that’s getting something of a makeover from writer and showrunner Adam Simon from WGN’s Salem. He’ll be reworking a script by J. Michael Straczynski (Sense8), which is being given a second life thanks to this surge of interest in Valiant properties. As of now, the film is set to be directed by Reginald Hudlin, a director, and producer who worked with Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained, directed the original House Party, and has a new film coming out about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Additionally, Hudlin also served as a writer for Marvel’s Black Panther from 2005 to 2008, and wrote the 2006 storyline “Bride of the Panther,” which had Black Panther and X-Men’s Storm getting married. Having said all of that, it’s pretty clear that Hudlin should have been directing superhero movies a long time ago, and whatever he does with the project will most likely be inventive and worth watching.
For those unfamiliar with the character, a write-up in The Hollywood Reporter says:
Shadowman is a supernatural concept based around an African-American musician in New Orleans who becomes infected by a spirit that allows him otherworldly abilities. As the latest incarnation of the titular Shadowman, a mystical defender of Earth against demonic invasion, he has to protect against threats from Master Darque and other denizens of the netherworld known as the Deadside.
There’s never been a better time to start introducing more diverse heroes, and we’ve finally been seeing a change in that regard with films like Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and more. This project has the potential to be another game-changer for the genre. Valiant is clearly interested in making a name for themselves as both a comic book company and a production company. Judging by their plans for the near future, they’re well on their way.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter