Black Hammer launched two years, which in terms of Hollywood optioning, might as well be the Stone Age. But Legendary Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group, has optioned the comic for both TV and film.
Ten years ago, Black Hammer and six other superheroes had saved Spiral City from the Anti-God, but in process became trapped in Rockwood, a timeless Twilight Zone-ish town. Shortly after the heroes arrive, Black Hammer dies. In the present, the six heroes live on Black Hammer farm with very little hope of ever escaping Rockwood.
The main Black Hammer series is written by Jeff Lemire with art by Dean Ormston. Three mini-series have been released set in the same universe (Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil with art by David Rubín, Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows with art by Max Fiumara, and The Quantum Age with art by Wilfredo Torres) allowing Lemire to flesh out the universe and giving Hollywood more story to work with.
Nick Pepper, the president of Legendary Television Studios, said:
The way he mapped out the universe, and all the time periods, for me, it feels like something very special there.
So there you have it. Black Hammer is something special. Expect various iterations on both TV and in theaters.