The United Nations is jumping on the comic-based-film bandwagon. China’s Huayi Brothers Media and veteran comic book film producer Michael Uslan are bringing Tower Comics’ 1960s series, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS, to the big screen. The project was announced at New York Comic-Con, with a launch party held afterwards at the UN, who is a partner on the deal.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a video released at the announcement, “I love comic books – I see how they inspire people,” and has endorsed the comic adaptation in line with a UNICEF initiative called Comics Uniting Nations.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents follows a group of agents in “The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves” – a group of normal people who were given superpowers through high-tech enhancements in order to protect the world from international threats.
This marks another step forward in bridging the media gap for international filmmaking by focusing on a group of international peacekeepers, and also by creating a strong partnership between US and Chinese media companies. And as a sign that this project is endorsed by the comics industry in general, Stan Lee has agreed to appear in a cameo role in the movie, which, with the exception of Mallrats, would be the only non-Marvel film that Lee in which Lee will appear.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer