Kevin Smith confirms that HBO Max’s DC Comics series, Strange Adventures, has officially been canceled after several years of development.
Kevin Smith confirms that HBO Max’s DC Comics series, Strange Adventures, has officially been canceled after several years of development. Since the launch of HBO Max, Warner Bros. has been attempting to bring more original content from the many properties that they own. One of their major franchises that were going to utilize more on the HBO-branded service was the DC Universe, with original shows like Titans, Doom Patrolor spin-offs related to the DCEU and The Batman universe. Shows like peacemakera spin-off from The Suicide Squadwere launched in early 2022, and HBO Max is currently working on The Penguinwhich will be an offshoot series from The Batman.
While the DCEU and The Batman-verse have managed to get projects off the ground, Warner Bros. TV has also worked on other DC TV shows. In October 2019, HBO Max announced that they were developing a Green Lantern TV series, which got picked up to series a year later for a 10-episode order. However, HBO Max also unveiled that they were developing a DC anthology series, Strange Adventures, also executive produced by Arrowverse’s Greg Berlanti. The 1-hour drama was set to “feature characters from across the DC canon,” and would use each episode to “explore close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.”
After no updates about Strange Adventures for years, Smith has revealed some surprising details. In the latest edition of Smith’s Hollywood Babble Onthe filmmaker revealed that he, along with supergirl writer Eric Carrasco, had been working on an episode together of Strange Adventures. Their episode would have focused on Jimmy Olsen and Perry White being taken by Bizarro to Bizarro World, with Smith set to direct the Strange Adventures installation. However, amid Warner Bros. Discovery’s cancellations, Smith confirmed that Strange Adventures has been canceled and will not be going forward on HBO Max, sharing the following:
“It feels like what was once, to me, a promising future of we are going to see a bunch of DC stuff on HBO Max; MORE DC stuff than we would see theatrically, including shit like Strange Adventures…gone! All of I got a call the other day from Eric before all of this story broke and he was just like “Strange Adventures is officially dead,” and I was like “What the f–k , are you serious?!” I know we haven’t heard from them for a while, but I guess this goes in parts with the new moves with David Zaslav. But God lord, I thought Strange Adventures being a causality kind of made sense to me. Nobody necessarily knows these characters, it sounded like an expensive show.”
Smith also revealed that Strange Adventures was eying Nicholas Cage to play Bizarro, but that they never had him locked in for a contract. This revelation came as part of their discussion of Warner Bros. Discovery having made the shocking decision to cancel the batgirl movie earlier this week. with both batgirl and Strange Adventures scrapped, it has left many to wonder what other DC properties may or already have been canceled by the new regime at Warner Bros. Discovery.
While there hadn’t been any updates on Strange Adventures since the initial announcement, what Smith shared made the show sound even more intriguing. This is the first time Smith has even mentioned that he had been approached to work on Strange Adventuresfollowing his previous collaborations with Berlanti as he directed episodes of The Flash and supergirl. Warner Bros. has never really tackled a proper DC anthology series, as they almost had with Legends of Tomorrow on The CW until season 2 changed those plans. with Strange Adventures officially gone, it’s disappointing that Smith and Carrasco’s episode won’t be aired as the Bizarro plot sounded incredibly intriguing.
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Source: Hollywood Babble-On
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