Legendary Entertainment has acquired Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer comic franchise to develop for television and film, reports Deadline.
“Black Hammer” is an epic multi-book saga of interweaving stories – both past and present – detailing the trials and tribulations of the heroes as well as the villains of Spiral City.
It’s described as a genre-bending series that pushes the limits of what a superhero story can be, while always creating deep metaphors for human experiences. In “Black Hammer”, the characters come first, and the superhero aspects become the canvas to tell their stories.
“Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City–Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien–now lead simple lives in an idyllic, timeless farming village from which there is no escape! But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!”
Lemire will serve as an executive producer with Dean Ormston, the co-creator and illustrator of the comic series.
Published by Dark Horse Comics, the Black Hammer universe was conceived by Lemire in 2008 and debuted in 2015. The comic series has received two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards including Best New Series in 2017 and has received six other nominations.