Rejoice, comic book fans: The Danger Girl series will be adapted to film and TV. The news comes during a period of comic book movie success and excitement: With Thor: Ragnarok crushing the box office, and Justice League poised to perform well, too, now seems to be as good a time as ever to announce a new comic book adaptation.
Rumors about Danger Girl films have circulated for years. But now the property has both found a production company and filled a handful of crucial production roles.
Deadline reports that J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, the comic series' creators, have signed up as executive producers of the adaptations, along with Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film. Set to produce are Jeremy Bolt (Bolt Pictures) and Adrian Askarieh (Prime Universe Films), whose production companies will collaborate with Constantin Film on the movie and TV show. Deadline quotes Bolt as saying that "Danger Girl is the perfect opportunity to create a team of grounded, relatable, and dangerous young female characters, but with humor and spectacular action."
Campbell and Hartnell launched Danger Girl in 1998 through Wildstorm. The series follows Abbey Chase and her fellow female secret agents as they do battle against the Hammer Syndicate, an expectedly evil group striving toward world domination. Chase and co. will primarily be in the hands of Constantin Film, the company behind the Resident Evil movies (as well as an unreleased Fantastic Four film from 1994).
Recently, Wonder Woman and Black Panther have represented attempts to extend superhero movies beyond the realm of typical white male protagonists. The exceedingly positive reception that Wonder Woman received, as well as the eagerness with which many fans await Black Panther's February 2018 release, indicate receptiveness to different narratives. With Danger Girl, then, comes another opportunity to expose audiences to characters who haven't hogged the spotlight.
The execution of Danger Girl's representation is key, however — it isn't too difficult to imagine the woman-centric comic book series turning into an offensive movie or TV show. And the comic hasn't been wildly popular since its '90s heyday, so translating it to a mass audience may pose a challenge. But having its original creators on board should help, as should the general appetite for comic book movies and TV shows. There's undeniably a market — and an audience — for thoughtful stories that stray from the beaten path. So while Danger Girl's blend of Charlie's Angels, James Bond, and Indiana Jones sensibilities may not be entirely new, it might just be new enough.
Be on the lookout for more information about Danger Girl's film and TV adaptations as the projects develop.
Art by J. Scott Campbell.