11:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
First 'Hercules' Trailer Shows Legendary Feats and Fighting (Video)
Don’t tell the Hulk, but there may be a new “strongest one there is” in the world of cinematic superheroes, with Paramount Pictures and MGM unveiling the first trailer for Hercules, showing a bearded Dwayne Johnson preparing to fight mythical creatures, armies and unfortunate fashion choices (Lion heads are traditionally worn before March, Dwayne).
The trailer introduces the character through a voiceover from Ian McShane asking “Who are you — are you a murderer? Are you a mercenary who turns his back on the innocent?” before mentioning “the deeds you have performed — the labors you have accomplished” and adding “Are you only the legend — or are you the truth behind the legend?” (To be fair, the labors referenced are fairly legendary.)
All of this runs over glimpses of Johnson’s hero taking on swamp creatures, giant boars, armies crawling from the ground and, in a moment of inspiration, a giant lion that he appears to be about to try and punch (Watch; he drops his bow and raises his fists. If this Hercules is one that punches giant lions, I am in).
Adapted from the Radical Publishing comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars written by Steve Moore (who sadly died last week), Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner and is scheduled for release July 25. Watch the trailer and remember: you will believe a man can punch giant lions.