Hercules

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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…)

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News out of the Hercules movie (that we just might want to go see) camp has two new official images of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the super strong demigod of legend. The first trailer should hit tomorrow and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Johnson post a teaser on his Twitter or Facebook account later today. Up until now, that’s where we’ve gotten the majority of information about the film and the on set photos like the one above. (more…)

New(ish) Trailer for Harlin’s Herc Flick

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Every couple of years, a “magical” occurrence takes place in Hollywood, and two films so alike in basic plot as to just barely avoid plagiarism lawsuits are released at roughly the same time. We’ve seen this phenomenon with volcano flicks (Dante’s Peak, Volcano), asteroid attacks (Armageddon, Deep Impact), and, just recently, White House sieges (Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down).

Next year, Two Hercules films will go head-to-sweaty, muscly head: The one everyone will watch starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: Hercules: The Thracian Wars–and the Deep Impact of this pairing: Renny Harlin‘s Hercules: The Legend Begins–which has the honor of being released (and likely forgotten) first. Hit the jump for a shorter, official version of the previously released 3 minute trailer.

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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