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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  • 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.

  • Graham Ganson

    This will be an outstanding movie! (If it can be kept true to the comic) Would love to see issue #25 on film. It was a really good book.

    If they Make and X-O Manowar, say GOODBYE IRONMAN RAVE REVIEW> X_O MANOWAR WOULD RULE SUPREME!!!!!!

    So HAPPY THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING ANY VALIANT COMICS! VALIANT STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST

  • Graham Ganson

    This will be an outstanding movie! (If it can be kept true to the comic) Would love to see issue #25 on film. It was a really good book.

    If they Make and X-O Manowar, say GOODBYE IRONMAN RAVE REVIEW> X_O MANOWAR WOULD RULE SUPREME!!!!!!

    So HAPPY THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING ANY VALIANT COMICS! VALIANT STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST

  • Graham Ganson

    This will be an outstanding movie! (If it can be kept true to the comic) Would love to see issue #25 on film. It was a really good book.

    If they Make and X-O Manowar, say GOODBYE IRONMAN RAVE REVIEW> X_O MANOWAR WOULD RULE SUPREME!!!!!!

    So HAPPY THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING ANY VALIANT COMICS! VALIANT STILL AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST

  • devilsrain

    This movie will suck with this director. It could be one of the best, not sure why they would go with this hack. Hollywood doesnt realize that Singer is what made x-men. They are fucking retarded.

  • devilsrain

    This movie will suck with this director. It could be one of the best, not sure why they would go with this hack. Hollywood doesnt realize that Singer is what made x-men. They are fucking retarded.

  • devilsrain

    This movie will suck with this director. It could be one of the best, not sure why they would go with this hack. Hollywood doesnt realize that Singer is what made x-men. They are fucking retarded.

  • ShooterFan

    Ratner!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • ShooterFan

    Ratner!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • ShooterFan

    Ratner!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!