In 2018, veteran filmmaker, producer, and entertainment entrepreneur Dan Mintz took over Valiant Entertainment with a new roadmap in mind for the comic book giant. Already owning 57% of Valiant, Mintz made a strategic move to gain full ownership, positioning him and his company DMG Entertainment to fulfill their vision. Check out DMG on Crunchbase if you want to learn more about this company.
This wasn’t Dan’s first rodeo. He has an extensive career in the film and entertainment industry, and he was involved in the production of box office hits Looper (2012) and Iron Man (2013). Mintz is as capable as anyone when it comes to bringing the Valiant brand out onto the pop culture main stage.
Mintz and DMG’s first step was to make Valiant’s debut on the big screen with the release of Bloodshot, starring Vin Diesel as Raymond Garrison. Before Bloodshot was even finished, talks of a Bloodshot video game began when Valiant teamed up with Australia-based studio Blowfish Studios. Since then, Blowfish has been steadily developing the new game.
Also in the works is a film based on another classic Valiant comic book: Harbinger. Harbinger is currently in development and is headed by filmmaker Justin Tipping, who previously made films Kicks and Nani.
Planned but not yet fully disclosed are developments for other Valiant films. In the coming years, Valiant fans can expect feature films based on comic books like X-O Manowar, Shadowman, Archer and Armstrong, and Eternal Warrior, to name but a few.
DMG doesn’t just want to conquer the big screen, they also want to tackle the silver screen as well. Almost immediately after taking over Valiant, Mintz mentioned plans for the development of a number of new television shows. These include shows based on Quantum And Woody with Getaway Productions and Dr. Mirage with CBS Studios.
We don’t yet know the extent to which every single TV series, feature film, and video game will crossover into a single cinematic universe – if at all. However, Mintz has previously stated that fans can “expect more strong storytelling with a defined road to other platforms.”
Mintz even mentioned theme parks in passing while talking about the plan for the rise of Valiant: “I’m excited to immerse Valiant’s fans well beyond the stories we tell cinematically — from publishing to gaming to theme parks and beyond.”
Valiant has the third-biggest library of comic book characters in history, just after the ‘Big 2’ (DC and Marvel). This gives Mintz and DMG a vast amount of options to carve out a path in constructing their cinematic universe and defining Valiant’s new identity in the industry.
Dan Mintz has said before that Bloodshot is “Valiant’s Blade,” meaning that just like Marvel, used Blade as a launchpad for a string of wildly successful films. Valiant can also use Bloodshot as its own launchpad.
The number of platforms DMG wants to conquer with Valiant may seem daunting, but there has never been anyone better equipped to take Valiant to the stars than DMG Entertainment and Dan Mintz. Valued at over $6 billion with a now-massive repertoire of franchises and experience, Valiant is officially the team to beat.