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AMC has made a name for itself with amazing dramas like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Hell on Wheels. And despite the fact that I am not a zombie fan, they’ve done an amazing job adapting The Walking Dead into a juggernaut of a TV series. Apparently, they’ve caught the comic book bug and may have found another property to work on.
The network has turned its creative gaze on Preacher like Sauron looking for the hobbit that stole his favorite accessory. Created by the epic team of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher is the story of…well, a preacher who receives the word of God, giving him the ability to force people to do anything. He rides off with his assassin ex-girlfriend and vampire buddy in tow in search of God after he abandons his post.
That’s pretty much right up AMC’s alley.
In a recent interview, one of my favorite actors revealed that he was in talks at one point to play Luke Cage. Yes kids, Idris Elba could have been Luke Cage which would have been awesome. Now that Luke Cage is coming to Netflix, it’s unlikely Elba would play him give his role in the Thor franchise.
Still…what could have been…
Say, you know who might work?
I am a big fan of CW’s Arrow, a fact I’ve been none to too shy about. I think they’ve done a good job of building a diverse world that brings in a wide variety of content from the vast DC comic book universe. And particularly during this second season I’ve really felt like they are building a world that will translate from the small screen to the big screen.
Arrow Executive Producer Greg Berlanti recently discussed in an interview with Fandango this exact idea. The takeaway most seem to have is that there is no connection between the movie and TV universes at the moment, which is odd when you consider that his comments weren’t so much about the connection as his lack of knowledge of any connection.
First and foremost, I don’t buy for a moment that a connection isn’t there. This reminds me of when J.J. Abrams and Benedict Cumberbatch were being quizzed on the actor’s role in the next Star Trek film and both men guaranteed he was not playing Khan. How did that one turn out? Geek culture is rabid for new on the properties they care about and the creators are always trying to throw us off the scent.
But let’s assume for a second there is no connection. If that is, in fact, correct, it is a major fail for DC. Arrow is successfully introducing and growing a fan base for second tier characters that could make their film offerings more diverse and and add depth to them. Not utilizing this development is short sighted and sets their film universe back even further from where Marvel is at. DC’s TV offerings are their main beach head.
With The Flash coming to Arrow and eventually his own series, and rumors of Nightwing on both the large and small screens, it remains to be seen how all of this plays out. Hopefully, Berlanti’s comments are a red herring designed to throw people off the trail.If not, DC is setting themselves three steps back yet again.
I guess we’ll see where this leads in a couple of years.
The Venture Bros. Season Five is coming to DVD and BluRay on March 4, 2014. For me, it’s a big deal. I have a ritual. The DVD set comes out, I pick it up and I watch the whole season in one sitting. Admittedly, it does something to my brain and I think I’m Brock Samson for a week after but it’s a lot of fun.
March 4th is still a long time away.