The news is a clear indication of Netflix’s confidence in Army of the Dead and Snyder’s broader vision for the world in which the film takes place. It is rare for the streamer to announce multiple projects under one banner before the first piece of content is released and has been proven to be a hit with audiences. With a diverse cast drawn from around the world, it’s clearly got a broad appeal, and Netflix is likely keen on exploiting that.
Collider reports the movie has had not one, but two spin-offs greenlit by Netflix, even before it has hit the streaming service. The prequel movie will feature Schweighöfer’s character in the lead, with the star also directing. The report says the film will be an international feature. The anime series will also be a prequel but will focus on Bautista’s character, as well as other members of the cast, as they deal with the zombie outbreak’s beginnings. Snyder spoke about the spin-offs:
I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to partner with Netflix again as we expand the Army of the Dead universe with both an international prequel, as well as exploring the visually dynamic world of animation. It’s been a great collaboration and we are thrilled that Netflix sees this as big of an IP as we do.