Del Toro brings a Deadman to life.

I guess you could say there’s an elephant in the room. And by that of course I mean the HUGE Marvel news that broke yesterday. I considered writing something about that but decided against it for two reasons. One, everyone and their mother is talking about it already. Two, I found some news that excited me much more. Boston Brand is getting his own movie.

Variety is reporting Guillermo del Toro will be producing an adaptation of DC Comics’ Deadman for Warner Bros. Originally created in 1967 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino, trapeze artist Boston Brand was granted the power to possess any living being by the goddess Rama Kushna after he was murdered. He’s been on a constant quest for his killer and eternal peace ever since.

Brand is also known as a bit of a comedian in the DCU, most recently appearing in Wednesday Comics and Blackest Night. “Warner Bros. set up the project three years ago as a potential directing vehicle for del Toro, with Gary Dauberman penning the adaptation,” says Variety. However, Danish writer/director Nikolaj Arcel will now be sitting in the directors chair.

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Deadman fan but with the amazing talent of del Toro behind the film, I’m all for it. Especially since Deadman isn’t too far off from del Toro’s pride and joy – Hellboy. It’s interesting that DC and Warner are going for another lesser-known character, like they did with Jonah Hex, as opposed to moving forward with something closer to Green Lantern.

Oh wait, make that three reasons for not writing about that other news. I don’t read Marvel. :)

10 Responses to “Del Toro brings a Deadman to life.”

  1. cb says:

    Kind of smells like a Blade move. Take a lesser-known horror character and put him in a high profile (possibly action) role.

    Could it be that DC is trying to follow Marvel–trying to replicate their success? I mean, in the past decade, Marvel's had a few more movies than DC. Maybe this is a test before Green Lantern, Justice League, et al.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jill, I must say…for shame, for shame girl! Any comic book reporter worth her grit should report on ANY comic book news, not be so biased! tsk, tsk, tsk…

    Interesting news about Deadman though. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    That looks so cool, i'm loving what's happening with deadman in Blackest night.

  4. Randy says:

    If they pull anything from the original source material, they have the makings of a pretty good combo of sci fi, horror, action and murder mystery.

    Sure, the ghostly stuff lends itself to both sci fi and horror. The superhero stuff can be considered action.

    But the whole thing with the original Deadman stories were the mystery of who killed Boston Brand and would he ever be brought to justice.

    DC released all the original Neal Adams stories into a limited edition hardcover a few years back. I think it's time to reread that.

  5. Pete says:

    When I heard this, I was really surprised. Not for the reasons that they had gone for a lesser known character, but because of the fact it was Deadman. A really intriguing choice – admittedly made for Del Toro, but definitely one for the the fanboys rather than commercial audiences, I think.

  6. Thats awesome!!

    and I am already so tired of hearing about Disney and Marvel.. geeeez

  7. ptid says:

    Mmmh… I would have prefered a Madman movie.

  8. Randy says:

    Deadman is a favorite of mine and this is certainly some good news.

  9. Booster Gold says:

    Here's hoping that after he does this for Warner that they'll finance At The Mountains of Madness. The real pet project Del Toro's been trying to get off the ground for some time now.

  10. Rey says:

    If they do this, I can tell you: for a fact, that they will take out all the Hinduism. This deadman will prolly be catholic and ignore the simple roots…because it won't sell in mid America…sorry, but it really bothers me.