Keanu Reeves Has Entered The World Of Comics With His Own Book

27 July 2020
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Ensuring fans are satisfied, the lead character looks just like the Hollywood star

Just a few years ago, Keanu Reeves had all but retreated from the spotlight. Following the global success of The Matrix, a franchise that made Reeves not only a household name but one synonymous with the most iconic figure in pop culture history, Reeves seemed to trade it all for a life of obscurity. After experiencing personal turmoil, the actor became something of an enigma; all but erased from the glitzy red carpets and awards ceremonies of Hollywood, occasionally Reeves would appear in a paparazzi shot of him eating alone, talking to the homeless, or sitting despondently on a park bench. It seems clear though, that our fascination with the movie star and oft-celebrated “Top Bloke” of Hollywood, has never waned. And so, when Reeves burst onto our screens once again in John Wick, what followed were a slew of blockbuster hits, iconic cameos, and even features that expanded the movie world altogether.

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Make no mistake: where some actors bemoan hitting their peak and then fading away, the age-defying Reeves has only become a bigger cinematic drawcard. It’s 2020 and Reeves is a hot commodity. Since breaking into the world of video games, Reeves is now set to enter the world of comics. It’s been revealed that the star has penned his very first comic book, titled BRZRKR, which is a collaboration with co-writer Matt Kindt, artist Alessandro Vitti, colourist Bill Crabtree and letterer Clem Robbins.

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If the thought of Reeves writing a comic book sounds ridiculous, the actor is actually quite the fan of comics and has been since his youth. He got into comic books at a young age, and credits Richie Rich, Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Ghost Rider and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as some of his favourites. That said, he never envisioned writing one to be in his future. According to reports from USA Today, Reeves met with creatives at Boom last year, where they discussed creating material. He then pitched them on a character “who was born 80,000 years ago, half man, his father’s a war god. It’s a little fantasy in reality.” As Reeves notes, “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.”

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Set to be released in October, the 12-issue limited series from Boom Studios has been described as “action-packed and hyper-violent,” lending itself to some of the characters Reeves himself has played onscreen. It tells the story of a warrior “who looks a lot like a certain beloved actor and has walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries. In present day, the Berzerker is hiding in the U.S. and does dangerous jobs for the government in exchange for the truth about his existence.”

If that wasn’t obvious enough, the titular character of the comic book does in fact look exactly like Reeves, which is sure to please his loyal fan base. As Reeves describes, “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.”

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As Boom editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon said in an interview with Games Radar, it was clear to all who sat in on the meeting with Reeves that the actor was onto something – something big. Gagnon described Reeves to the publication as possessing “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.”

Print versions of BRZRKR #1 will be released in local comic shops this October, with a virtual panel to be held for Comic-Con@Home on July 26.

Via GQ Australia