Brett Ratner

Whenever a movie is about to hit the theaters, many fans immediately head to the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes to see if the film is officially “rotten” or “fresh.” Sometimes, that determines one is going to see the film. Other times, ( hardcore fans), will see a film in spite of critics because “Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t mean anything.” Needless to say, the film review website is an important part of the movie industry and the movie experience in an Internet age. Rotten Tomatoes has its supporters (those who love a “fresh” score), but the website also has its detractors. Ben “Sadfleck” Affleck surely didn’t appreciate the site for giving Batman v Superman and Live By Night poor scores, and it looks like he’s not alone.

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Like a lot of Canadian kids, my first encounter with Hercules was with Adventure Cartoon Productions animated series The Mighty Hercules, which Global ran ad nauseam Saturday mornings well into my high school years. They were simple enough, with Hercules as basically the Ancient Greece Batman, beating up bad guys and taking them to prison on Mount Olympus, which, as it turned out, was as pitifully easy to break out of as Arkham Asylum.

Every couple of years or so, the myth of Hercules gets re-interpreted for a new audience, and in a new way. So far, there’s been two Hercules movies in 2014, the first one came out in January and starred some Twilight beefcake as the son of Zeus, but in the case of Brett Ratner’s Hercules it has the immediate ace in the hole of having Dwayne Johnson as the titular hero. Johnson’s charm and magnetism is a definite advantage to the film, and if the movie he was in was tighter it might actually equal the assets brought by its star. Ratner’s Hercules is a solid B-effort, but it had the potential to be an A. (more…)

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For once, it’s NOT because he wrote the comic book it’s based on and he’s an impossible to please twelve-cylinder wackaloon.

It’s because his FRIEND wrote the comic book it’s based on–being a twelve-cylinder wackaloon is incidental this time.

There is, of course, a bit more to it than that: Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Due to the kind of legal BS the comics industry is infamous for, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan Moore, btw) received no compensation when his comic was optioned for film adaptation. Steve Moore did not contest this, but asked that his name be taken off the film, given that he would not be making a cent from it–not to mention the fact that the film version took a great deal of creative liberties with his work, but more on that later… (more…)

Dwayne Johnson Rocking That Hercules Look

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson likes to keep his fans in the loop, often tweeting interesting parts of his day. So it’s no surprise that a lot of the news and pictures we’ve gotten about Brett Ratner‘s Hercules: The Thracian Wars have come from Johnson. (more…)

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I think we all assumed that Dwayne Johnson would fill out any costume they gave him to play Hercules nicely, be it loincloth, or something more, shall we say, functional. And voila! As you’ll observe above, Johnson looks ready to kick butt and take names in a Grecian way for next summers swords-and-sandals epic, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

Plot Synopsis:

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt, and directed by Brett Ratner, will be in theaters July 25th, 2014.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Dwayne Johnson Tweets a Taste of ‘Hercules’

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Who would have guessed that a new movie about Hercules would shape up to one of the most anticipated films of 2014? Well, the involvement of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson makes Hercules: The Thracian Wars just that considering the way that Johnson’s 2013 slate of movies have shaped up so far.

To be fair though, a pretty decent pedigree of actors has been recruited for the film including Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and John Hurt. The film is also based on a graphic novel of the same name, so the whole affair should be rather foolproof for director Brett Ratner, although fans are free to remain cautious in their optimism. Still, Johnson himself is optimistic, and he’s doing his part by taking to Twitter and sharing a sneak peak of the film.

The picture doesn’t exactly tells us much, does it? Well, there’s always the below plot synopsis:

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

What do you Bastards think? Are you looking forward to Hercules because in The Rock we trust? Or do you fear the specter of the Rat?

Source: Comic Book Movie