The Eternal Warrior may not be the most well-known superhero, but that might all change with the release of a theatrical film. Years ago, it was revealed that none other than Dave Bautista, who played Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, would play the Valiant Comics character on the big screen. Unfortunately, this hasn’t resulted in much in terms of output. Here’s the backstory to the yet-to-be-made comic book film.
What We Know So Far About The Film Eternal Warrior
The film Eternal Warrior was first teased in 2017, along with Dave Bautista’s rumoured involvement in the project. This was in the early days of Sony’s partnership with Valiant Comics when they were attempting to make Valiant’s heroes into a film world. Keep in mind that this was so early in the process and so different from how things turned out that Jared Leto was still rumoured to be playing Bloodshot in the films.
However, important changes occurred the next year that had a significant impact on both the Valiant comic books and the Valiant movie universe. Needless to say, none of these things went as planned, and the results have been quite divisive among the public.
The Valiant Cinematic Universe’s Failure
When DMG Entertainment purchased Valiant Entertainment in early 2018, it was the first major crack in the Valiant universes’ armour. The film rights to Harbinger, which had been part of Sony’s proposed Valiant Cinematic Universe, reverted back to Paramount later in 2018. As a result, the original ideas for two Bloodshot films, two Harbinger films, and a Harbinger Wars crossover all became far less feasible.
Then came the 2020 Bloodshot, whose performance has shattered all but the most optimistic hopes for a Valiant Cinematic Universe. The film was released in theatres just days before many countries began enacting lockdown measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, only a small number of people saw the film in theatres, and those who did were less than enthusiastic.
Plans For Now …?
There had been no serious news about The Eternal Warrior since Bautista’s confirmed involvement, even before Bloodshot flopped.
For now, Sony appears to be concentrating on its recent success with Spider-Man characters, such as the two Venom films and the impending Morbius. As a result, with one of Valiant’s more mainstream heroes unable to generate interest or anticipation, fans may have to wait an eternity to witness the Eternal Warrior fight his way through the ages in theatres. While there has been no public cancellation, the fact that the project never truly got off the ground makes it easier to silently abandon.