If there’s a club of unofficial comic superheroes, I’d say Hercules, Zorro and the Lone Ranger would most definitely be card-carrying, exclusive-jacket-wearing members. None of them started in comics, per se, but they all might as well have. Thus, I figure any news about movies starring these dudes would be of interest to you Comic Vine maniacs.
Here’s the round up…
- Zorro’s getting a DARK KNIGHT RETURNS style transplantation in this ZORRO REBORN project that Movie Line says Fox is developing (and what better studio to develop a Zorro movie than Fox? ¿Me equivoco?) Maybe a more apt comparison would be to BOOK OF ELI because this earlier-in-development would be about an all-new hombre - - not Don Diego de la Vega - - who’d ditch the rapiers, whips and do-gooding M.O. for a straight-up revenge story across the waste land == TEASER ==
- Hercules might be coming to the big screen with X3 director Brett Ratner guiding him. Don’t get confused, though - - this isn’t the Prince of Power who’s pals with Amadeus Cho. Instead, this would be an adaptation of Radical Publishing’s more grounded, intense take on the myths, HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS. Vulture doesn’t have much else to go on, but I expect it’ll be shot on those abstract, digital back-lot that Greek-themed projects demand these day (300, IMMORTALS, CLASH OF THE TITANS, et cetera…)
- Lastly, Johnny Depp’s Tonto might have finally found his masked man according to Deadline. SOCIAL NETWORK star and almost-Batman, Armie Hammer, is reportedly in talks to play the Lone Ranger in the eponymous revival Gore Verbinski’s developing. While I’m not that invested in the cowboy with silver bullets, I’ll say that this would be the biggest no-brainer casting, ironically, since Christian Bale became Batman. Just look Hammer, up. Could you get more all-American than that?