In the day and age of superhero movies and comic book adaptations, Dark Horse comics has a solid list of properties that could easily make their way to Netflix, like The Umbrella Academy.
After the success of the Netflix original series The Umbrella Academy, Netflix and Dark Horse Comics, the publisher of The Umbrella Academy, struck a first look deal that gives Netflix a chance to develop shows and movies based on the library of Dark Horse Comics, according to a report from Screen Rant.
And, it’s a perfect time for this deal! After 22 movies (and counting), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has championed the comic book movie. After Avengers: Endgame destroyed, and still destroys, box office records, it’s assumed that production companies and filmmakers are working to capitalize on the trend. Marvel Comics and DC Comics are the two main sources of these event movies, but there are many notable comic publishers that have been under the giants. Companies like Dark Horse Comics.
The publisher has been around a very long time and created long-running comics off of major properties. Stories and characters from Star Wars, Aliens, Predator, Terminator, and many more have shown up in plenty of issues over the years.
Comic books operate the same way as movies when it comes to licensing rights, but it’s much easier to obtain. Most of those well-known properties have been made into television shows or films, but there are still quite a few highly rated comic runs that could find their way to Netflix.
Since the Netflix-Marvel shows have been canceled and will move to Disney+, there will be a void of realistic, comic book style shows that fans crave. Shows like Daredevil or The Punisher will be sorely missed and this is where a company like Dark Horse can come in and provide a reprieve in the form of a gritty action program.