The website ComicBook.com has been hosting the Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe webisodes available for free and running them all this week, to much acclaim. But as of tomorrow, they will no longer be. All the videos will be coming down.
WARNING! After the finale of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE premieres on April 26th, episodes will no longer appear on @comicbook! Watch this limited-time streaming event now before they’re gone, starting with the premiere here: https://t.co/HGnWnizwpJ pic.twitter.com/ABLapvAeSd
— Valiant Comics (@ValiantComics) April 26, 2018
Explanation has not been given. But the most obvious one, that someone else has done a deal to host them, does not appear to be the case. Do not expect them to continue or be available elsewhere.
I did a little digging, and it seems the second most obvious explanation is closer to the truth. It has something to do with one of the film or TV deals not wanting a free version of live action Valiantness out there, doing its own thing.
Basically, Chinese investors DMG, the new owners of Valiant, hate it. The Sony people working on the movies are threatened by it. The person who liked it, and commissioned it, was CEO Dinesh Shamdasani — and while he was at Valiant it was safe. But now that he’s gone, a requirement of DMG buying the remaining shares in the company? There’s a scorched earth policy to anything his name might be attached to…
The deal had already been done for ComicBook to post these. But that’s why they have rushed them through, one a day, and after that, gone forever. But Valiant has been repeating this on social media, almost encouraging people to do what they need to do to preserve them… somehow.
So, while you can, here is Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.
- Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe Episode 1
- Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe Episode 2
- Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe Episode 3
- Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe Episode 4
- Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe Episode 5
With episode 6 due later today. Whether it sucks or not make sure you catch it… because that’s it. And tomorrow… poof.
Directed by Aaron & Sean Schoenke of Bat in the Sun Productions – the creators of sensation Super Power Beat Down – and written by Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris, and Andrew Rowe, NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE stars Michael Rowe (The CW’s Arrow and The Flash) as Colin King, aka Ninjak; Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) as Bloodshot; John Morrison (WWE, El Rey’s Lucha Underground) as the Eternal Warrior; Chantelle Barry (90210, Entourage) as Roku; Kevin Porter (Dodgeball) as Armstrong; Ciera Foster (Two and a Half Men) as Livewire, and Derek Theler (ABC’s Baby Daddy) as X-O Manowar.