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Netflix Orders Two Series from Comics Maestro Mark Millar

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On Tuesday, Netflix announced its first two series orders based on the comics of Mark Millar, whose publishing company Millarworld the streaming company purchased last year: Jupiter's Legacy, based on Millar's multi-generational superhero epic; and American Jesus, about a 12-year-old boy who realizes he's the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jupiter's Legacy tells the story of America's first superheroes, who received their power in the '30s and are now revered, and their children, who struggle to live up to their parents' accomplishments. It's based on Millar and Frank Quitely's 2013 comic series. Daredevil's Steven S. DeKnight will serve as showrunner.

American Jesus follows a 12-year-old-boy who can can turn water into wine, make the crippled walk and possibly even raise the dead. Obviously this means he has some responsibilities a 12-year-old boy may not be equipped to handle. The dialogue will be in English and Spanish. The showrunners are brothers Everardo and Leopold Gout. It's based on a 2004 comic series by Millar and Peter Gross.

Jupiter's Legacy: An original series about Golden Age superheroes having kids...and those kids becoming angsty millennials. Empress: An original film about a space Empress on the run. Huck: This movie wonders if the greatest super power is just all the friends we made along the way. Sharkey: Adapted from an upcoming comic, a film about a bounty hunter. In space. Named Sharkey. American Jesus: A comic-turned-Spanish-language TV show about a boy who may or may not be the second coming of Jesus.

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Netflix also announced three movies based on Millar comics: Empress, a sci-fi movie about a queen who escapes her marriage to the worst dictator in the galaxy; Huck, a thriller about a man whose top-secret powers get exposed to the world; and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter, about a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck.

Netflix bought Millarworld last summer with the intention of developing the prolific Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator's properties into movies and shows. And this first announcement is a big one. As has been made clear over and over again, Netflix goes all in.

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The CW Is Planning a Batwoman Series

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The CW is developing yet another DC Comics superhero series.

A Batwoman series is in the works from The Vampire Diaries' Caroline Dries and superproducer Greg Berlanti, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

According to THR, "Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet: in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."

A casting search for the role of Batwoman will begin soon. It was previously announced that the character will be introduced in December during the Arrowverse's annual crossover. It will be the first time Batwoman has ever appeared in a live-action production.

Batwoman has a long comics history, first appearing in 1956, but the modern Batwoman era started in 2006. The character was originally introduced as a love interest for Bruce Wayne to combat allegations of homosexuality in the Batman comics, but when the Kate Kane character was reintroduced in 2006, she was written as a lesbian, and was said to be the most high-profile gay DC Comics character. Though inspired by Batman, she operated independently of him.

Should Batwoman go to series, it will be the sixth DC show on the CW, joining Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrowand Black Lightning.

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Hulu Is Officially Developing Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles Into a Series

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After spending years in development, the TV adaptation of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles has finally found a home. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hulu has snatched up the rights to the series and is officially moving forward with the project.

The TV series will be executive-produced by Anne and her son Christopher Rice, who is a New York Times best-selling author in his own right. Anne first revealed her intent to turn her books into a television series via Facebook back in 2016, and Paramount Television bought the rights in 2017. Anne's close friend Bryan Fuller signed onto the project in January 2018 but dropped out in May, handing the reins back over to Anne and Christopher.

Rice's Vampire Chronicles centers around French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century. Interview with a Vampire, the first book of the series, was published in 1976 and turned into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. Queen of the Damned, published in 1988, was adapted into a 2002 film starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah.

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