Brett Ratner to Direct Harbinger Movie

If Paramount Pictures gets their way, Brett Ratner, the much derided director of “X-Men: The Last Stand” and the “Rush Hour” movies, will be directing the live-action adaptation of the Valiant Comic series “Harbinger” for them. Yes, a movie based on the Valiant comics. If you read comics at all in the ’90s, then you know Valiant very well; Jim Shooter, the man at the top, orchestrated some of the best mega-crossovers in comics history while he was in charge. (Ol Jim tended to lose jobs easily, let’s just say.) The company was well known for breathing new life into old, forgotten comic book characters.

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Created by Jim Shooter, the “Harbinger” comicbook series became a hit when published in the 1990s. Harbingers are humans with powers that can be unlocked by “omega” harbingers. Teenager Pete Stanchek finds himself on a collision course with an older “omega” who used his gifts to become an evil industrialist.

Paramount and Ratner is looking at “Harbinger” as a potential franchise. Could work, if done right. Although he probably wouldn’t make anything on the level of, say Bryan Singer, Ratner is not an altogether bad director. Mediocre, sure, but he’s also competent.

In fact, I’m surprised the Valiant comics haven’t been turned into movies before now. There are a lot there to work with, including Shadowman, Man-o-War, Turok, and if they really want to go all out, Solar, Man of the Atom would rock as a live-action movie. And oh yeah, the Eternal Warrior would be cool, but Archer and Armstrong would also make for a fantastic action-adventure/buddy franchise.

Brett Ratner to Direct Harbinger Movie



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  • Nicki Satre

    This could be really cool. I loved valiant, it got me excited about comics again back in the day and Harbinger was one of the best. XO and even Rai would be great too! Cant wait to hear more about this. the more i think about it the more excited im getting

  • Nicki Satre

    This could be really cool. I loved valiant, it got me excited about comics again back in the day and Harbinger was one of the best. XO and even Rai would be great too! Cant wait to hear more about this. the more i think about it the more excited im getting

  • http://www.newuniversecomics.com/ Star Brand

    I couldn’t be more excited about a movie. Harbinger was one of the best and most influential comics ever.

  • http://www.newuniversecomics.com/ Star Brand

    I couldn’t be more excited about a movie. Harbinger was one of the best and most influential comics ever.

  • http://www.newuniversecomics.com Star Brand

    I couldn’t be more excited about a movie. Harbinger was one of the best and most influential comics ever.

  • Wes

    Wow! Another rebirth! Sounds cool to me. I hope they get Shooter to do a guest spot so he can be pleasantly eliminated to the fans joy!

  • Wes

    Wow! Another rebirth! Sounds cool to me. I hope they get Shooter to do a guest spot so he can be pleasantly eliminated to the fans joy!

  • Wes

    Wow! Another rebirth! Sounds cool to me. I hope they get Shooter to do a guest spot so he can be pleasantly eliminated to the fans joy!

  • Brian Boro

    This is great! One of the best comic stories of all times. I think anyone of the valiant comics would make a good movie but harbingers is #1. I just hope this gets some of those comic books published again.

  • Brian Boro

    This is great! One of the best comic stories of all times. I think anyone of the valiant comics would make a good movie but harbingers is #1. I just hope this gets some of those comic books published again.