Keanu Reeves Creates Comic Books with New Superhero that Kinda Looks Like Him
Keanu Reeves made his comic book writing debut recently with BRZRKR, an exceptionally-violent graphic novel about an immortal warrior’s blood-fueled quest about the truth to his existence.
Launched in 2021 with acclaimed illustrator Ron Garney, and co-written with New York Times bestseller Matt Kindt, it was the highest selling comic book launch in 30 years, and volume two hit shelves two weeks ago.
“I love telling stories,” Reeves said recently on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, adding that he had always read comic books as a kid, and gradually selected those most appropriate for his age group.
He said he enjoyed the classics: Superman, Batman, Spiderman at 12-14 years of age, but switched to Frank Miller’s more violent work, such as The Wolverine, after that.
Noticing that the main character, an immortal 80,000-year-old warrior looked an awful lot like Reeves, Kimmel asks if that was by design, to which Reeves began nodding his head like a 6-year-old who was just asked if he wanted an ice cream cone.
Ron Garney drew all the art for the new volume on paper, rather than digitally on a computer, which Reeves said gave it an authentic feeling.
“It’s cool. There’s some action, some pathos,” Reeves said towards the end of the interview, after Kimmel had tried to push the Canadian Reeves into pursuing American citizenship, even going so far as to pull out the State Dept. forms.