The expanding creative CV of Keanu Reeves has taken yet another turn as he enters the world of comics.
Teaming up with American comic book and graphic novel publisher Boom! Studios, Reeves is working alongside co-writer Matt Kindt, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and illustrator Alessandro Vitti on what is a 12-issue limited series.
“We’re excited about what’s happening. The story [is] taking some really interesting twists and turns,” Reeves said of the new project in an interview with USA Today. “This character who was born 80,000 years ago, half man, his father’s a war god. It’s a little fantasy in reality,” he added. “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.”
The book, which has been given the title ‘BRZRKR’, is due for release in early October and is focused on the life of a violent and blood-soaked warrior who takes on highly dangerous tasks for the government.
Reeves explained: ”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.”
“We have hopefully some nice scenes where when they’re looking at hieroglyphics, and he’s like, ‘No, you got that wrong’,” Reeves explained. “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.”
“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.”
The studio are particularly excited about the project with editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon describing the process of working alongside Reeves as “immensely cool”.
Gagnon added: “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.”
See a glimpse of the series, below.