Batman movie producer Michael E. Uslan recently teased that some big news would come at New York Comic-Con this weekend. This has led fans to speculate on what exactly the announcement was, with official confirmation of a new solo Batman film being the popular choice. Now, the news has hit, but it may not be the news you expected.
At NYCC today (via Newsarama), Uslan has revealed that he is developing a film and television franchise for comic book title T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a superhero team that first appeared in the 1960s. Originally published by Tower Comics, the property was published by several different companies in the years since, including DC Comics. However, as of 2012, the publishing rights are now with IDW.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents revolves around an arm of the United Nations that depicted everyday people in ordinary jobs as heroes. The acronym in their name stands for “The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves.”
Uslan has this to say on the franchise. “The theme of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is no matter what our political or cultural differences are, we have to put them aside in the face of a greater threat, and come together as a greater family of man.” He is developing T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents alongside screenwriters Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig. The franchise will receive some funding from Chinese company Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, which is also making sure it has global appeal. And making a cameo in the movie is none other than Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee.
Are you looking forward to seeing T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents making the jump to both the big and small screens?