10 Upcoming Comic Book Film Adaptations You Didn't Know Were Being Made

Remember Spawn? Well he's about to make a comeback...

Usagi Yojimbo IDW
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These days, you can't walk by a movie poster without seeing something related to comic books. The market has been saturated with such films, in large part, thanks to the MCU, which has become the most profitable movie franchise in history.

Comic book films have become so successful, legendary filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have decried them as being "despicable" and not worthy of being called works of art. Despite losing the fandom of some of Hollywood's best talent, comic book movies and television series continue to thrive.

Marvel and DC have been putting out a ton of films, but there are more on the horizon than you may realize. Filmmakers have finally tapped resources comic book fans knew of for years, and thanks to the success of films like The Avengers, comic book films and television series are being made from independent publishers.

Marvel Studios has been vocal about what's coming out in the next few years, and because they get the most hype, you may not have been tracking these 10 projects, which are being made and released in the near future.

10. Usagi Yojimbo

Usagi Yojimbo IDW
Dark Horse Comics

If you've been perusing the many options available on television today, you may have noticed a distinct lack of animated samurai rabbits. Despite not finding his way to a series of his own for 35 years, Usagi Yojimbo is finally making the jump to an animated series!

Fans of the Dark Horse comic have been hoping for something like this to happen for decades, and it's finally happening thanks to the animation studio Gaumont, which has partnered with Dark Horse Entertainment, series creator Stan Sakai, and director James Wan's Atomic Monster.

Technically, Miyamoto Usagi has appeared on television in the past, but only as a supporting character in all three versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons.

"Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, a clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment."

Finally, he's getting his own series, and while it isn't a film like most of the entries on this list, that's only whetting the appetites of fans more, seeing as the content could continue in episodic format for years to come.


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