In an age where most movie series are reboots, sequels, or adaptations, John Wick is one of the few movie franchises to be based around an original concept. Now that the first two movies are substantial low-budget successes, the Keanu Reeves-led franchise is spreading its wings into the medium of comic books.
The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled a pair of covers for the first John Wick series from Dynamite Comics. The series, written by Greg Pak (Planet Hulk) and illustrated by Giovanni Valletta (Lord of the Jungle), will tell the story of how Wick first became an assassin for the Continental and rose to prominence as the “Boogeyman” of the assassination economy. Pak shared his enthusiasm for the project in a statement from Dynamite:
“I was on board pretty much as soon as I got the call and heard ‘John Wick’ – I’m a huge Keanu Reeves fan and loved the John Wick movies, which had the kind of kinetic action and intriguing mythology that seemed like a perfect fit for comics. I’m also always happy to work with my friends at Dynamite, who are always a pleasure to make comics with. And the art I saw from Giovanni Valletta blew my mind — he’s totally nailing Keanu Reeves’ likeness while creating emotional, dynamic, exciting action. This book is going be beautiful. But what really sealed the deal was when Dynamite Editor Anthony Marques said we had the greenlight to tell a John Wick origin story. That was astounding to me — we’re not just telling another fun adventure with the character; we’re actually going to be able to add to this character’s and world’s tremendous mythology by telling an origin story! What could be cooler than that?”
For those of you keeping track at home, the series is indeed the canonical backstory to the movies, and the creators of the movie franchise have given Pak and Valletta their blessing along the way. You can see the two covers for the first issue below:
The comic book series will arrive starting in September. Both John Wick and its sequel are available on home video formats.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Top 10 Episodes Of ‘Justice League’
Wonder Woman is breaking record after record, and everyone loves it! Twitter erupted with praise for the first-ever female led super hero film. This praise bodes well for the future of the once murky DC Extended Universe. But with Wonder Woman being this successful, it means that the next film in DC’s slate has even more work cut out for it. Justice League will be the ultimate test of whether the DCEU can truly handle an ensemble super hero cast.
It’s always difficult to juggle a couple of heroes on screen, let alone six or seven. Hopefully director Zack Snyder did his research in determining how to get the formula right. Assuming he did, he almost certainly watched Cartoon Network’s Justice League. As the final series in Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe, Justice League brought together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl for the first time on screen. The series was bold, dramatic and inventive. It placed character first, often only focusing on only 3 or 4 heroes per episode in order to give them maximum character weight.
The formula worked amazingly, giving us some of the greatest storytelling ever seen in television animation. It also led to acclaimed spin-off Justice League Unlimited, which added dozens of heroes to the roster. The spin-off series was much more serialized, improving the storytelling but losing some of the great character focus. That’s why it’s the original Justice League series that provides the best example of how to tell a story with seven DC characters. It’s the example we hope Zack Snyder looked to for inspiration.
Before we look to the future of the Justice League, let’s have a look back at the past. These are the top 10 episodes of Justice League. Click next to get started!