AMC's Preacher Finally Has A Premiere Date
AMC has unveiled a new Preacher poster alongside its TV premiere date.
AMC's first Preacher trailer stirred up all kinds of complex feelings in the hearts of comic book fans. What happened to the Saint of Killers? Will the show even depict the supernatural? And where the hell are Cassidy's sunglasses? But series writer Garth Ennis has actually said some good things about the project, and it's hard to deny Preacher looks like a great Western in its adapted format. And now we have a premiere date at which point we can decide for ourselves - May 22, 2016.
Preacher was a Vertigo comic series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon which ran from 1995-2000. It follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher whose soul becomes bound to the offspring of an angel and demon, granting him the ability to control free will with his voice. This sets him on quest to find God himself, followed by his ex-girlfriend now-hitwoman Tulip, and a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
It's been months since the trailer launched, and it's still incredibly hard to tell how faithful of an adaptation Preacher will be. Producer Seth Rogen - yes, that Seth Rogen - has already said changes should be expected. "There's some things that even Garth ... is quick to admit that we probably should not even attempt to put on television," Rogen said in a previous interview.
Still, Ennis himself was "pleasantly surprised" by how Preacher is turning out. What's more, the character Arseface is making his way onto the show, and if that cheerfully disfigured mascot ends up on television, the sky's the limit. Here's hoping the final result is worth watching this May.
I won't lie, I'm one of those bitchy nay-sayers who's not likin' how it looks before it's even out, but holy crap, that poster looks AWESOME.
Well my only grip is that the leading actor looks nothing like Jesse Custer:
Unless he shaves a bit of his facial hair and grows his head hair a bit longer.
Heh, I light my cigarettes the way he does in that picture, *because* of that picture.
I don't think Dominic Cooper's a bad choice, as long as he hits the character, that's good enough for me. That was the thing I liked about the Constantine movie, it visually missed Hellblazer by a mile but Keanu Reeves and whoever wrote the movie captured the character's essence rather well. Granted, I haven't read that much of Hellblazer, only thirty out of three-hundred issues but it nailed what I know about him at this point in time.
I won't lie, my ye-of-little-faith attitude truly stems from two things:
One, other than the names, almost everything is changed. Everybody's backstory is rewritten, Tulip is black (can't wait for my "quoted" inbox to get flooded because I know the can of worms I just opened with *that* statement), Cassidy doesn't have his sunglasses.
Two, nobody I know personally reads Preacher, and my inner-hipster is realizing that this cool thing that was mine isn't going to be mine pretty soon. But that's happened before, it'll fade once it premieres and it's not a good argument point anyway.
Altogether, I swing between "This is gonna suck" and "It might be good" from time to time. I've read all sixty-six issues plus the spin-offs multiple times, usually re-reading because I'm trying to get into the character of Jesse Custer for cosplay (which I'm very proud of, thank you very much), you could say I'm a fan, and I'm worried for this thing I love. But whenever I finish reading it, I like how it ends but sometimes I want more. When I think about it that way, I'm getting more, it doesn't seem so bad. Maybe that's all it'll need: I'll do my best to go in with an open mind as long as the show's willing to strike the same gold Constantine did and make up for it's technical inaccuracies with a pure Preacher feel.
We'll see how it goes from there.
There are a lot of things that could be done to Preacher as a television show that could maintain its essential essence; given the turn of the millenium ever-decreasing in visibility in the rearview mirror, I think the Grail storyline is one such, much as I'd miss Starr, Featherstone, and Hoover.
But Preacher without the supernatural at all... isn't Preacher.
After 'Lucifer' got turned into a House+Cops kind of show, I'm less than thrilled about this.
Then again, AMC has done a solid with TWD, so who knows.