Preacher Finally Unveils Its First Unholy Trailer

Preacher Finally Unveils Its First Unholy Trailer

AMC has finally presented its first Preacher trailer, and comic book fans won't be disappointed.

It's been a long road, but Preacher is finally getting its hotly-anticipated adaptation. Based on the controversial Vertigo Comics series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who travels America to find God after learning the Almighty abandoned Heaven. The original series was infamous (and beloved) for its violent and darkly blasphemous content - and after watching AMC's first trailer, it seems Preacher will be faithful on that score.

The trailer is light on details, but introduces Jesse Custer as a man of the cloth with a dark past. After learning that a woman in his congregation is a victim of domestic abuse, Jesse decides to return to his old ways in a very public confrontation. Along the way we see quick shots of Tulip, Jesse's ex-girlfriend and mob assassin, and Cassidy, the Irish vampire who will become one of Jesse's best friends.

What we don't see yet are Preacher's supernatural elements - such as Heaven, the Word of God, or the Saint of Killers. But the trailer wonderfully embodies the dark Western tone Preacher was aiming for, and that should be enough to get fans excited.

Preacher's first ten-episode season will premiere in 2016.

Source: Wired

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I'm cautiously optimistic after seeing this.

Wait...what? This is a thing that is happening?! I vaguely remember a newgrounds game of this; seeing all that insanity on the big screen sounds like a brilliant idea that should have happened sooner. Consider me invested. Err...with caution, obviously! *Checks around for witnesses of mistake*

still hoping Herr Starr's character arc remains unchanged, still they're keeping arseface in so maybe? on topic, it looks good, Dominic Cooper looks and sounds the part of Jesse, Cassidy seems to be perfectly cast as well, that line at the end was just the right amount of slimy mixed with Irish Charm, needs his glasses though.

Nothing in this trailer assures me that it is not going to simply have the name of the Graphic Novel, while having non of what made it liked by people. Well, except for tough preacher, maybe. From what I can understand about this trailer, n this particular series Jessie Carther is going to be a guy who does illegal stuff while posing as a preacher, and Tulip is just his pardner, with who he'll have the sexies. No Saint of Killers, no Genesis, no creepy rednecks (well, OK, those are not to be spoiled about), no Vatican and its enforcer Starr and Cassidy is apparently just a coocky sidekick with a dash of Irish to make him "funnier". Oh boy, can't wait to not watch it.

Also, apparently Tulip is black now. And before posting a reply about how etnicity doesn't make character, how nobody cares (or at least should care) about it as long as the character is good, answer me this: "Does it mean that in the next Blade adaptation it's OK to cast Brad Pitt instead of Whesley Snipes?".

Literately don't care about Tulip's ethnicity. More concerned with the lack of supernatural and the ridiculous Irish Accent. No Word of God?

Looks like shit. Jesse is a badass, but he certainly isn´t going around with a grainy voice everywhere he goes.

Why did they decide to show nothing of the actual plot of the Preacher comic in there?

There isn't a groan loud enough.

Okay, so, I wasn't a fan of Preacher back when it was relevant, mainly because of its immaturity and meandering storyline.

But now? 2015? Preacher is so 90's it hurts. The painful attempt at making an 'edgy' plot in which Christianity and God are the bad guys - hell, even in 1995 that stuff was dated. On top of that, it's full of Ennis' trademark flaws: pointless 'shock' scenes and the occasional wall of text.

Never read the comic but I'm still mildly interested in the show. Maybe it'll turn into a Watchman thing where I watch an adaptation before I check out the comic. I haven't really seen any other AMC series though so I guess this could, potentially be my first.

Mister K:
Nothing in this trailer assures me that it is not going to simply have the name of the Graphic Novel, while having non of what made it liked by people. Well, except for tough preacher, maybe. From what I can understand about this trailer, n this particular series Jessie Carther is going to be a guy who does illegal stuff while posing as a preacher, and Tulip is just his pardner, with who he'll have the sexies. No Saint of Killers, no Genesis, no creepy rednecks (well, OK, those are not to be spoiled about), no Vatican and its enforcer Starr and Cassidy is apparently just a coocky sidekick with a dash of Irish to make him "funnier". Oh boy, can't wait to not watch it.

Also, apparently Tulip is black now. And before posting a reply about how etnicity doesn't make character, how nobody cares (or at least should care) about it as long as the character is good, answer me this: "Does it mean that in the next Blade adaptation it's OK to cast Brad Pitt instead of Whesley Snipes?".

You are comparing a secondary lead character to a major character who has like 4 movies would't it be more fair to make Mother's Milk played by Mark Acheson

How are they going to handle all of the gay and gay rape humor that made up the majority of the series? Only half of the comics, if that much, directly follow the plot as it is.

Shiftygiant:
Literately don't care about Tulip's ethnicity. More concerned with the lack of supernatural and the ridiculous Irish Accent. No Word of God?

I seriously looked at that and thought, "that's supposed to be Cassidy?"

Wow. So they're actually going to do it?

I have a REALLY hard time believing this will wind up being as dark and violent as the comic it's based on, but that doesn't mean it can't still be somewhat entertaining.

I'm really curious to see which actors they get to play the Saint of Killers and Jody (assuming they're in this). Jody especially may be one of my all time favorite villains.

Also minor point, but shave down Jesse's beard some. In the comics he basically only had a 5' o clock shadow.

Ihateregistering1:

Also minor point, but shave down Jesse's beard some. In the comics he basically only had a 5' o clock shadow.

But Dominic Cooper's a busy guy - Agent Carter has a second season coming after all. What's a Stark without the trademark facial hair?

Joining the choir here:
Apart from having a preacher in it, this does not look like it has anything to do with the comic. Like, at all.

Time will tell, but I'm not exactly holding my breath,

I am with the rest of the people here. I am barely familiar with the comics, so watching the trailer only shows the Preacher like sort of a badass that has a double life where he fights assholes in his spare time, the kind we have seen countless times in movies and TV. There are no references to any supernatural or religious undertones (he could be a street vendor as much as a preacher). I am holding judgement until it premieres, but that trailer was god awful (no pun intended).

Starke:

Shiftygiant:
Literately don't care about Tulip's ethnicity. More concerned with the lack of supernatural and the ridiculous Irish Accent. No Word of God?

I seriously looked at that and thought, "that's supposed to be Cassidy?"

Well they did use an English Actor.

Like seriously are their no Irish actors who look like drug addicts?

Mister K:
Nothing in this trailer assures me that it is not going to simply have the name of the Graphic Novel, while having non of what made it liked by people. Well, except for tough preacher, maybe. From what I can understand about this trailer, n this particular series Jessie Carther is going to be a guy who does illegal stuff while posing as a preacher, and Tulip is just his pardner, with who he'll have the sexies. No Saint of Killers, no Genesis, no creepy rednecks (well, OK, those are not to be spoiled about), no Vatican and its enforcer Starr and Cassidy is apparently just a coocky sidekick with a dash of Irish to make him "funnier". Oh boy, can't wait to not watch it.

The problem with adapting preacher is the same as doing it with the boys. it's filled with the same Garth Ennis "you know these things you love, I don't like them some going to show them as killer, child rapist, racist, sociopaths HA!" which can draw enough of an audience with the comic book but a TV show may drive too many people away with that attitude. It could explain why they're not showing the supernatural elements, or have completely removed those elements.

This looks like sh!t.

I'd really appreciate it if I'm wrong and the show turns out to be great. But it doesn't look like Preacher and it doesn't sound like Preacher and I think it will be a turd.

Prove me wrong, AMC, I f**king dare you.

Oh, there was a thread already? Okay, consider mine in Off-Topic redundant then. I'll just copypaste what I said there:

Well this came sooner than I expected (that's what she said).

I don't know what to make of this on the basis of this trailer alone. Obviously it's a teaser, but what's shown here seems to have next to nothing to do with the comics. I hope this is just a teaser for the crowd that doesn't know the comics, and not representative what the show is actually like. I adore Preacher to death, and am hoping so hard for this to succeed as an adaptation. I'm trying to hold my judgement until we get more footage. And then I'll hold it some more, because as the recent Joker photo thread shows, the internet judgement culture is a fucking cancer.

captcha: three strikes. The omens don't bode well...

Shiftygiant:
Literately don't care about Tulip's ethnicity. More concerned with the lack of supernatural and the ridiculous Irish Accent. No Word of God?

My guess is that they're withholding that for now to rope in people not familiar with the comic. Preacher's plot is not an easy sell as it is, and when doing a big TV show the risk of alienation increases exponentially if you just wheel out all the crazy stuff right out the gate. And if you pause during those quick flashes towards the end of the trailer, you'll see Cassidy sitting on a porch in shadow, looking at his left hand that is indeed ablaze.

But the subject of Tulip's ethnicity is something I have to be critical about. Her being "white trash" is such a vital part of the character that unless they've completely rewritten her (which I wouldn't necessarily object to), she's not going to make much sense as a character. Her background, her almost macho attitude and her hatred of guns as well as being very proficient with them among other things all stem from her coming from a redneck family.

Ihateregistering1:
Wow. So they're actually going to do it?

I have a REALLY hard time believing this will wind up being as dark and violent as the comic it's based on, but that doesn't mean it can't still be somewhat entertaining.

I'm really curious to see which actors they get to play the Saint of Killers and Jody (assuming they're in this). Jody especially may be one of my all time favorite villains.

Also minor point, but shave down Jesse's beard some. In the comics he basically only had a 5' o clock shadow.

HOOOOONK! WROOOOOOONG!!!! HE HAD A FULL BEARD AFTER HE WAS FOUND IN THE DESERT BY JOHNNY LEE WOMBAT!!!!! GIT OUT YA NOOBFAG #GETREKT #MOUNTAINDEWANDDORITOS!!!!

Ahem.

One fantasy cast actually had Danny Trejo as the Saint of Killers, which I'd definitely be on board with. They could easily rewrite his backstory to him having been a bloodthirsty bandit instead of a soldier (or something like that), and don't tell me you wouldn't want to see Machete growl his way through the series looking something like this:

bartholen:

My guess is that they're withholding that for now to rope in people not familiar with the comic. Preacher's plot is not an easy sell as it is, and when doing a big TV show the risk of alienation increases exponentially if you just wheel out all the crazy stuff right out the gate. And if you pause during those quick flashes towards the end of the trailer, you'll see Cassidy sitting on a porch in shadow, looking at his left hand that is indeed ablaze.

But the subject of Tulip's ethnicity is something I have to be critical about. Her being "white trash" is such a vital part of the character that unless they've completely rewritten her (which I wouldn't necessarily object to), she's not going to make much sense as a character. Her background, her almost macho attitude and her hatred of guns as well as being very proficient with them among other things all stem from her coming from a redneck family.

I feel that having Cassidy's powers be blink-and-you-miss-it isn't a great move, in regards to the trailer. What you want is for your average Joe and Joette to see the trailer and know 'huh, supernatural', not 'kinda shit preacher and his Irish buddy'. It's not that America can't handle the crazy, I mean The Walking Dead and Supernatural are popular enough, so it shouldn't have been too big a leap to assume it'd be there. Also, we don't see his and Tulips relationship at all, which was a big part of the story.

I agree her being White Trash was integral to the story. A lot of my apathy to the change is rooted to the more obvious supernatural elements not being front and center, with her being played by Ruth Negga is small potatoes next to it. I don't mind so much if her ethnicity changing, as long as the contexts for her macho attitude and gun issues are made relevant to her being a black woman in America (I'll be shocked if they don't try and address the race issues).

For the meantime, I'm cautiously optimistic it won't be wank. Hopefully the team behind it know what they're doing.

bartholen:

One fantasy cast actually had Danny Trejo as the Saint of Killers, which I'd definitely be on board with. They could easily rewrite his backstory to him having been a bloodthirsty bandit instead of a soldier (or something like that), and don't tell me you wouldn't want to see Machete growl his way through the series looking something like this:

Alright, not gonna lie, that looks pretty hype.
Anyway.
I'm gonna give this a fair shake, on no other grounds than I'm simply burned out by how not-the-comic this is looking.
Tulip is black, Jesse's an ex-black-ops specialist, I can see Cassidy's eyes and he's a flight attendant for some reason, it would just take too much energy to be upset at this point.
But you know, I liked the Constantine movie because despite visually hitting nothing from the Hellblazer books, I thought the writing for John and the way Keanu played him was actually pretty spot on. Granted I haven't read a ton of Hellblazer so maybe I'm wrong but as it stood, not bad.
So as long as they get the characters relatively right, I think I can overlook the rest.

Shiftygiant:
Literately don't care about Tulip's ethnicity. More concerned with the lack of supernatural and the ridiculous Irish Accent. No Word of God?

I was expecting an Irish American accent till I realised who it was that was playing the character. And then the accent came out Cork, which...while ridiculous in itself...is not inaccurate.

 

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