Are we ready for a superhero buddy comedy? Valiant thinks so. At New York Comic Con, Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani told Inverse that the publisher is pursuing a television series featuring Quantum and Woody, a pair of adopted superhero siblings.
“We’ve got Quantum and Woody in serious development as a TV show,” Shamdasani said before admitting he “probably said too much.”
Shamdasani then described Quantum and Woody’s involvement in Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, confirming their live-action debut in Valiant’s web series coming in 2017. “The plan we have for them narratively, everyone we’ve talked to about it goes, ‘Oh my god, this is going to be the best part of Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe.’“
In Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe currently in production with Bat in the Sun, the living weapon of MI6, Ninjak, enters a gauntlet against Valiant’s biggest hitters like Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and the Eternal Warrior. Although Shamdasani wouldn’t say on the record how Quantum and Woody get involved plot-wise, he did confirm they will appear.
“I have an incredibly mind-blowing team. Quantum and Woody are my favorite element of Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe we haven’t talked about yet.” Shamdasani said, adding he’s enthusiastic about the actors signed on to play the duo. “When we finally do tell who the actors are playing Quantum and Woody, you guys are gonna lose your minds.”
Created by writer Christopher Priest and Mark Bright in 1997, Quantum and Woody are adopted brothers Eric Henderson and Woodrow Van Chelton. In James Asmus’s 2013 reboot following Valiant’s relaunch, the two are estranged and forced to reunite after the mysterious death of their father, Dr. Henderson (Woody’s foster dad). Breaking into his lab for clues, Eric and Woody stumble upon an experiment and gain superpowers. A side effect are two bands bonded to their wrists; every 24 hours, the brothers must “klang” together or else disintegrate.
It’s all comedic and both socially and politically satirical. Quantum & Woody is a fan-favorite Valiant comic that’s just a bit under the radar. Although the last series, Quantum and Woody Must Die! finished in 2015, Shamdasani confirmed they’ll return in a new ongoing. “We’ve been waiting a long time to do it. We have the right story, it’s amazing.”
Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe premieres in 2017.