Netflix to make ‘Warrior Nun’ series based on comic from San Antonio
The toughest nun with ties to the Alamo City just made the big leap from comic books to the small screen.
Netflix recently announced “Warrior Nun,” a new sci-fi series based on the sword-wielding heroine in a habit created by Ben Dunn, founder of San Antonio-based indie comics publisher Antarctic Press. Simon Barry, executive producer of the Syfy series “Van Helsing” and “Ghost Wars,” will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer, with Dunn acting as a story consultant.
“I really, really am looking forward to seeing how they handle it and seeing how the audiences respond to it,” Dunn said. “I’m sure they’ll probably keep the spirit of the series, and that’s what I’m really hoping for: Respect the source material. As long as they do that, I think it will be quite a good thing.”
“Warrior Nun” will have 10 episodes, though Netflix did not announce a cast or release date. The streaming service did release a brief synopsis: “Warrior Nun” will center on a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a divine artifact embedded in her back and a divine calling to fight the forces of hell on Earth.
Dunn first gave the character life in late 1994 with “Warrior Nun Areala,” an Antarctic Press limited series he wrote and illustrated.
“It was also a response to the ‘bad girl’ phase at the time,” Dunn said. “I was sort of trying the ultimate ‘good girl,’ so to speak.”
The manga-style comic featured Sister Shannon Masters, a noble nun chosen to take on the mantle of Areala, a Valkyrie who centuries ago renounced Odin for God and created an order of hard-fighting sisters and magic priests to slay demons and other satanic threats in the name of the Lord.
Back in 1997, Dunn told the Express-News he got the idea for “Warrior Nun Areala” from a CNN story about several nuns who taught themselves martial arts.
Antarctic Press published intermittent “Warrior Nun” comics for about a decade, until Dunn sold the rights to the name and character to Avatar Press. There were even “Warrior Nun” action figures and plans for a feature film. Based on the movie’s website, warriornun.com, the film only got as far as a test reel and concept art, though a producer on the film, Dean English, is an executive producer on the new Netflix show.
Dunn founded Antarctic Press in 1984. He also is the creator of the comic “Ninja High School.”
René A. Guzman is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @reneguz