Invincible, the Robert Kirkman superhero from Image Comics, is finally headed to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter reports Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will write, direct and produce the movie for Universal Studios.
“For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multi-media monstrosity it has become over the years,” said Kirkman. “The answer was always that we were waiting for the right team to partner with. That team has arrived! The esteemed misters Goldberg and Rogen have proven themselves to be top-notch directors with a keen collective eye for stunning visuals after slumming it by writing hit after juggernaut hit.”
Invincible first appeared in 2002 as a somewhat tongue in cheek poke at the more serious superhero comics from other publishers. Fortunately, the series became a bit more serious, and bit more graphic under the art of Cory Walker and Robert Ottley. Because of the often graphic nature of the tales from Kirkman – and the often raw humor of Rogen and Goldberg, my guess is the studio will be totally okay with a R-rating from the MPAA – especially with the success of Logan and Deadpool at 20th Century Fox.
While I would love to have seen Invincible as a television series, I think it may find a much larger audience on the big screen. My only hope is the creators can bring enough to the movie to make audiences who don’t know comic books beyond the big screen adaptations from Warner Bros. and Marvel excited to go to the theater. Even though the print run is scheduled to end before the movie reaches theaters, there is enough to unpack to fill four or five movies easily.
What are your thoughts on this news? Having more comic book movies on the big screen has to be good for comics over all, right?