Anyone who thinks of superhero comics à la “Batman” and “Superman” or the films that compete with the Marvel blockbusters such as “Justice League”, “Aquaman’ and the upcoming ‘Black Adam“ thinks, in terms of content, only scratches the surface of the media empire. Because the creative forge from Burbank just outside of LA has much more and above all something different to offer – for example “DMZ”.
One of the company’s most interesting comic labels was the Vertigo imprint, which was shut down in early 2020. i.a. rows like “V wie Vendetta’, ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘Preacher’ and ‘Sweet Tooth’, all of which have been adapted as must-see movies or series. The dystopian and often quite violent fantasy, crime and/or sci-fi stories that are popular with fans are now being continued or re-released via the newly founded DC Black Label.
The “DMZ” comic series by author Brian Wood and illustrator Riccardo Burchielli, which appeared from 2005 to 2012, was one of the most atmospherically impressive and, in terms of the scenario, most gripping titles from Vertigo. The 72-issue story takes place in a not-distant future, in the midst of the second American Civil War.
» The comic collection “DMZ: Book One” at Amazon*
Now the film adaptation, adapted as a mini-series, can be seen in Germany for the first time. Pay-TV customers can watch “DMZ” on TV on Sky Atlantic or optionally on demand via Sky Go and Sky Q. At the same time, subscribers to the streaming service WOW (formerly Sky Ticket) can of course also enjoy:
» “DMZ” at WOW*
After bitter fighting between rebels and the government for the city of New York, all of Manhattan was declared a demilitarized zone (abbreviated: DMZ). Despite this, 300,000 people still live in this mostly ruined no man’s land where only the law of the jungle prevails.
When the peninsula was sealed off at the time, Alma (Rosario Dawson) wanted to flee with her son. However, she lost sight of him and has lived in uncertainty about his whereabouts and health ever since. The emergency doctor, who is now working in the neighboring borough of Brooklyn, wants to find the boy at all costs. But to do this, she somehow has to get back to the area that is now surrounded by high walls…
In the trailer, the plot looks like a crossroads “The Walking Dead’ and John Carpenter’s The Rattlesnake. Roberto Patino, one of the producers and writers of “Westworld’ and ‘Sons Of Anarchy’, developed ‘DMZ’ for television and also wrote the screenplays for all four episodes. Ernest R. Dickerson (“Bosch”) and Ava DuVernay (“When They See Us”) directed the hour-long episodes.
Rosario Dawson stars in the lead role. Series fans know her best as Claire Temple from various MCU titles such as “Luke Cage”, “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”. The New York native probably had her most important cinema appearances in Robert Roriguez’s masterpiece “Sin City” and “Death Proof” by Quentin Tarantino. In 2023 she will appear in the Disney+ series “Star Wars: Ahsoka” impersonate the title role.
Other parts include Benjamin Bratt (“Traffic”), Freddy Miyares from “When They See Us”, Hoon Lee (“Banshee”, “See”), Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife”) and Rutina Wesley from “True Blood ” included.
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