Earlier this week, news broke that Arrow actor Michael Rowe was trading in his Deadshot guns for Ninjak's blade in a forthcoming webseries from Valiant Entertainment and Bat in the Sun.
Besides Rowe as Ninjak, the series will reportedly star Mighty Morphin Power Rangers standout Jason David Frank in an as-yet-undisclosed role...but his social media habits may have provided a clue today.
Jesse Fresco, a Valiant superfan best known for having a top-notch Bloodshot cosplay that he brings with him to numerous major conventions and comics events, posted to social media that Frank had started following him on Instagram.
This comes about fourteen hours after Frank posted to his ownInstagram account, "Booked a new show by Valiant Entertainment directed by Bat in the Sun. Big announcement at New York Comic Con."
Rumors centering on the Ninjak series indicated that the nature of the project would be revealed at New York Comic Con. A photo posted to Frank's Instagram account also indicates that he'll be signing at the Valiant booth.
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What's apparently in the offing is slightly more sophisticated than just Valiant finally getting representation in Bat in the Sun's fan-favorite fight series Super Power Beat Down, with Rowe's Ninjak fighting off various heroes of the Valiant Universe.
Rowe, who played Suicide Squad member Deadshot on Arrow before his character died to make way for a big-screen version played by Will Smith, got discussion of the project moving when he tweeted something that teased his involvement with Valiant Entertainment. Along with his eyes and the company logo, Rowe hashtagged the image "#ninja."
Of course, Valiant's resident ninja, a character named Ninjak, is a white guy whose eyes are the only thing visible through his mask. So it's pretty easy to see where people would pretty quickly get the idea that's who he's playing.0comments
In the comments below Rowe's tweet, Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani wrote that he was excited about the project, and added the hashtag for New York Comic Con. Over on his ownTwitter feed, he also retweeted a pair of reports that claimed he had tied the project to Frank and pro wrestling John Morrison. Morrison recently appeared as The Winter Soldier in Bat in the Sun's Nightwing vs. The Winter Soldier video.
So far, there hasn't been much movement on live-action projects from Valiant. They have had both Bloodshot and Harbinger in development for a while, and made some waves a couple of years ago when a Chinese firm invested huge money into their R&D, but if there's an announcement coming with actors already attached and, as Shamdasani seems to suggest, footage already shot, it's likely the first real live-action project we'll see from the company since they relaunched in 2012.