Valiant Releases First look at Live-Action X-O Manowar in Costume

The live-action version of Valiant's comic universe is on the way, and the first look at the company's biggest character is finally here.

On Tuesday, Dinesh Shamdasani, CEO and chief creative officer at Valiant Entertainment, tweeted out the first photo of Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) as the ever-popular X-O Manowar. Just one look at the photo and comic readers can tell that this casting was just about as spot-on as it could be.

One look at Theler in costume and comic readers know just how accurate the costume design is. From the tattered metal on his shoulders, to the light-sword being held in his hand, Theler's Manowar looks like it was pulled straight out of the pages of Valiant's comics.

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(Photo: Valiant Entertainment)

Theler is set to play the Viking warrior-turned-alien space knight in the upcoming series, Ninjak Vs. the Valiant Universe, which has long-been set to release online some time in 2017. As we inch closer and closer to 2018 however, that doesn't seem likely. However, in responding to one fan on Twitter, Shamdasani said that it will be released "Soon."


With the possible release of the series on the horizon, Shamdasani could begin releasing new images from the other characters on the show very soon.

Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe is directed by Aaron Schoenke (Super Power Beat Down) and stars Michael Rowe (Arrow) as Colin King/Ninjak, Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) as Bloodshot, Derek Theler (New Warriors) as X-O Manowar, John Hennigan (GLOW) as The Eternal Warrior, Ciera Foster (Two and a Half Men) as Livewire, Chantelle Barry (Entourage) as Roku, Kevin Porter (Dodgeball) as Armstrong, Alex Meglei (Divergent) as Archer, Damion Poitier (True Blood) as Shadowman, and Craig Robert Young (The Last Ship) as Neville Alcott.