Keanu Reeves Gets Into Comic Books

Keanu Reeves is getting into the world of comic books. Take a look at the upcoming twelve-issue limited series called BRZRKR. Courtesy of Boom! Studios, which will begin distributing on October 7th of this year. Reeves was a contributing writer for the series, which he talked about with USA TODAY:

“I guess I’m in the writing room. We’re excited about what’s happening. The story’s taking some really interesting twists and turns.”

BRZRKR is hyper-violent and illustrated by Alessandro Vitti. The story is about a warrior who has lived for centuries performing bloody deeds. In modern-day, Berzerker carries out dangerous mission for the U.S. government. All to gain the truth about his existence.

Reeves had met with Boom! Last year about creating a comic-book series. His pitch went like this:

“This character who was born 80,000 years ago, half man, his father’s a war god. It’s a little fantasy in reality. I had this image in my head of a guy fighting through the ages because of his father’s compulsion to violence” but with the pathos of a man “trapped and trying to figure it out.”

Matt Gagnon, EIC of Boom! Talks about how cool it was working with Reeves:

“Spend five minutes with Keanu and it becomes clear very quickly why he’s earned all the success he has. Exceptional creative instincts, deep reservoirs of wisdom on story, the ability to consistently tap into the raw emotion of a moment, relentless commitment to quality and the task at hand – it’s all this and much more that make Keanu an inspiring force.”

Who Is This Character?

Reeves gives more insight into his character:

“He has to also hide himself. So he’d pretend to die and then keep moving on. [He’s hiding] in the USA and has struck a bargain with authorities: ”It’s like, ‘I’ll go do some missions for you and you’ll help me figure out who I am and how this has come to be and how maybe I could get released from this.’ But then of course there’s ulterior motives on both sides.”

The Bezerker is a world-weary warrior as written by Keanu Reeves in the pages of "BRZRKR."

He continued:

“We have hopefully some nice scenes where when they’re looking at hieroglyphics, and he’s like, ‘No, you got that wrong,’” Reeves says. “And there’s things like, ‘Hey man, I wasn’t everywhere. I’m just one guy.’ Part of the research that they’re doing on him is trying to download all of the knowledge that he has.”

Reeves spoke of the ultraviolence feature in the comic-book series:

 “It’s like, ‘Yeah, I think it would be fun just to see him punch through someone’s chest or pull out a rib or rip an arm off,’” Reeves says. The Berzerker “can heal to a certain extent, so it’s fun to have these kinds of outrageous consequences and still have the character kind of moving forward.”

As far as could this turn into a live-action story? Reeves answered enthusiastically:

“I’d love to play Berzerker! It’s a really fun story so if it’s not me, hopefully someone can play it.”

The Bezerker runs missions for the U.S. government in exchange for truth about his immortal existence in "BRZRKR."

What do you think about BRZRKR?


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