Everything you’ve heard about the HE-MAN movie Mattel is trying to make… NONE of it applies anymore. The project’s moved from Warners Bros to Columbia and Mike Finch and Alex Litvak - - the writers behind the upcoming, totally-badass-looking PREDATORS - - will be penning a new script for it. They’re going to have “to serve two masters”, as it were, and work out material that pleases both the movie studio’s aims for a workable movie and the toy company’s desires for something true to the cartoons ( thanks to THR for the scoop).
It’s going to be hard to top the Dolph Lundgren movie from the 80s for me. I’m sure I’m more than a bit biased since that was one of the earliest movies I ever watched. I’m not going to say it’s a good movie, per se, but I will say that it’s four kinds of entertaining. And I have no shame saying that Frank Langella’s turn as Skeletor is one of my all-time favorite performances. He’s so over the top that he makes every other villain that’s been described as over-the-top… well… he makes it look like they can’t even jump over the limbo pole. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this fantastical tour du force, I have some clips below...
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First off, I’ll say that Skeletor looks like he’s enjoying the sight of He-Man getting flogged a little too much. Maybe he’s even getting a little too excited, if you catch my drift. That aside, I’ll maintain that whatever actor they finally get to play this necromancer is going to have mighty big shoes to fill. While it’s not a one size fits all, as it were, I more often lean to the thinking that there’s realistic, and there’s interesting, and this is exactly what a supervillain should be. Not subdued and quiet but ferocious, snarling and bombastic.
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.