Jump to 2013, and we have another LR film, coming at time where some superhero productions are (once again) all the rage in fantasy, which only serves to show a TLR (like Legend of the Lone Ranger before it) to be a glaring opposite--something plain or boring. a guy wearing a mask, but he's not much else.
Donald Draper wrote:
this movie or any its earlier incarnations, he is just your standard western hero in mask. There is nothing sexy or adventurous like Zorro.
I think this is really the core problem. At one point, the movie was going to have werewolves in it, and I think that could have gone a long way towards making things more interesting, because the Ranger is really little more than a sword-free Zorro knockoff.
... Anyhow, the preliminary box-office info is in: it's a disappointment for sure
, but probably not a Speed Racer
-level bomb; it'll join Prince of Persia
and The Sorceror's Apprentice
, and John Carter of M***
in the "failed franchises" category.
is due two summers from now. If I were a Disney exec, I'd be re-reading that script super
-hard to make sure it's a fine one.