A 10-part docuseries highlighting the decades-long rivalry between Marvel and DC comics, aptly titled Slugfest, is coming to The Roku Channel.
Narrated by Kevin Smith, the Russo Brothers-produced series will dive into the unique story from the companies’ rich and intermingled history that’s created a worldwide superhero phenomenon.
The Russo Brothers, who are producing under their AGBO flag, said, “Audiences will leave Slugfest with a whole new understanding of how the rivalry between two creative powerhouses shaped the iconic storylines and characters that fans around the world have come to know and love. We’re thrilled to partner with The Roku Channel to unpack the fascinating, but untold, history behind the most well-known competition in comics.”
The Russo Brothers are best known in the comic book world for their extensive work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The director team is behind some of the studios’ best films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, as well as the final two Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, after replacing the previous Avengers director Joss Whedon.
Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce serve as directors on the series, with Todd Makurath, Peter Rieveschl, Nick Gilhool, and Jen Casey also producing.
Roku’s Head of Alternative Originals, Brian Tannenbaum shared his excitement for the project as well, “After watching Slugfest, even the most die-hard superhero fans will gain a newfound perspective on how one competitive relationship shaped fandom culture into what it is today. Collaborating with the Russo Brothers to tell the backstory behind one of the most epic creative battles in the history of Hollywood was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to share this story with audiences on The Roku Channel.”
Slugfest will premiere on The Roku Channel Friday, December 24.
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