There have been a lot of rumors that Keanu Reeves is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But before taking on a role in Marvel, the actor brings his own comic book character – BRZRKR – to life for Netflix.
Keanu Reeves created “BRZRKR” for Boom! Comics
Reeves is an actor, writer and musician. But in 2020, the 57-year-old superstar added the comic book creator to her list of accomplishments.
BRZRKR – the new Boom! series he wrote and created with Matt Kindt and Ron Garney – started as a Kickstarter campaign, receiving a whopping $ 1.45 million in funding from fans. And when the first issue of the comic came out in March 2021, it became the best-selling original title of the century, with over 650,000 copies sold.
BRZRKR tells the story of a half-God half-human called B, or Berzerker. The Immortal Warrior, who looks a lot like Reeves, has fought many armies over the past 80,000 years. Now, in the present, he works with the US government and takes on assignments deemed too dangerous for anyone.
The first 12 issues of the comic book series are published as three arcs of 4 floors. The first four issues were collected and published as a graphic novel on October 5, 2021.
“BRZRKR” is coming to Netflix
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Netflix adapts BRZRKR for two projects – a live action film and an animated series. Reeves will be the executive producer and star of both. And in a recent conversation with Collider, he revealed that while he wants the film and series to stay true to certain elements of the comics, he also wants the writers and directors working on the projects to bring their own flavor and tone.
“We work with Netflix, which has been very cool,” Reeves said. “They’re going to let us do an R-rated story, which is cool. My ambition or hope is not to make a filmed version of the comic so that they have things in common, certainly the main character and his kind of rules, but that we can take him elsewhere as well.
“For me, I hope to be inspired and influenced… there are rules to the story, but I also want other creators to make their version of it,” he added. “So I’m hoping to do a different version of a metaverse where, in the sense of having different storytellers with a set of rules, but going to other places with it.”
Reeves noted that he and the BRZRKR are in the process of finding an animation company to work with. And he revealed that they hired Project power screenwriter Mattson Tomlin for the live action film.
Keanu Reeves isn’t working on any MCU movies next year
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Reeves is filming John wick 4. And in his interview with Collider, he suggested he could start filming BRZRKR as early as June 2022. But he also revealed that after completing the John wick after that, he did not plan anything.
That said, it’s safe to assume he’s not working on any MCU projects in 2022, which means he could finish playing B before facing off against a Marvel superhero. But that doesn’t mean Reeves’ MCU debut won’t happen eventually. Because, along with the fans, Marvel boss Kevin Feige is eager to bring the actor into the fold.
“We talk to him for almost every movie we make,” Feige said. ComicBook.com in 2019. “We’re talking to Keanu Reeves… I don’t know when, if or ever he’ll be joining the MCU, but we really want to find the right way to do it.”