The JONAH HEX movie might not have done that well, but fans will get to see another take on the weird gunslinger with this animated short attached to the BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD DVD that’s coming out in a few weeks. It’s looking like it’s drawing a little more directly from the comics, with talent involved whose names should be familiar to any serious JONAH HEX fan. John R. Lanslade (he of TWO GUN MOJO & RIDERS OF THE WORM AND SUCH) wrote the script off an original story cooked up by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Josh Brolin ain't... er... isn’t actually voicing Hex for this. Instead, it’s Thomas “ The Punisher” Jane. He’ll be joined by soft-spoken tough guy Michael Rooker (who just announced he’ll be in the WALKING DEAD TV show,) Linda “The Original Sarah Connor” Hamilton and Michelle “ Buffy’s lil’ sister, Dawn” Trachtenburg.
I think that’s enough to bring y’all up to speed about this. Why don’t you enjoy this clip from MTV below? == TEASER ==
Ouch. That grown-up ginger baby done asked for it.
Ever since that PUNISHER game that came out in ’05, I’ve always said that Thomas Jane’s got the perfect gravely bass for voice acting. Somebody get him a regular role on some toon that he can fit in between episodes of HUNG, and soon. He's actually wanted to play Jonah Hex, real bad, for a long time. Splash Page’s even saying he went as far to get photos taking of him in full make-up to try to get the movie role (and you can see that photo above.) One of the perks of these DC Animated shorts, I'd say, is the chance to see not only what could be with these characters, but also what could've been.
It’s hard to judge how Jane’s take compares to Brolin’s based on this clip alone. My gut reaction is that he sounds almost too in-command, here. I always pictured Hex as being more of an oddball kook, myself... not a menacing bad ass. What do you Comic Vine maniacs think? Do you prefer this to what you got in the JONAH HEX movie?