I’ve been watching the production of The Losers for a while now with a healthy dose of skepticism. The adaptation of the critically-acclaimed graphic novels by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock seemed like it could easily end up as just another Hollywood action movie full of explosions and not much else. I would be very disappointed if this happened, because it would be an awful shame to see such a great comic turned into a lackluster picture. Thankfully, with the release of the first trailer, my hopes have now been rekindled.
The Losers tells the tale of a black-ops squad that is betrayed by their CIA handler, Max, who orders them killed after their latest mission. The team survives the assassination attempt and makes their way back with a taste for revenge. Joined by Aisha, a mysterious woman with her own agenda, played by Zoe Saldana, they set out to find Max and get some payback.
The trailer looks like the movie has managed to capture the feel of the book, the unique blend of action, intrigue, mistrust, all combined with humor.
It’s got a great cast including Jeffery Dean Morgan (The Comedian in Watchmen), Jason Patric (Narc and The Lost Boys!), Chris Evans (his Human Torch was the best part of the Fantastic Four movies). And it also has Idris Elba in it, an actor I’ve loved since his incredible job on HBO’s The Wire (THE best television show ever. Ever.).
I’m a sucker for men-on-a-mission/revenge movies. And when it’s an adaptation of one of the best spy comics around, I’m sold. Now if the finished product can live up to the trailer, it should be a wild ride. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but for the first time I’m actually hopeful.
If you want to get a taste of the book it’s based on, you can read the first issue for free right here.