Dwayne Johnson Fights Everyone In Extended Hercules TV Spot


Dwayne Johnson Fights Everyone In Extended Hercules TV Spot

Watching the 1964 camp classic Hercules Against the Moon Men the other day, I could not help but think about Dwayne Johnson and how truly perfect he is to succeed other Hercules actors and play the muscle-bound hero who has become a campy icon. Now that I have seen the latest Hercules TV spot, which features Johnson, his biceps, and a host of CGI beasties, I must say that I think my thoughts on this character have been confirmed.

Hercules features a “revisionist take” on the Greek myth, taking place after the hero’s twelve labors. He’s now become part of a band of traveling mercenaries, trading on his name until he’s hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) to train the Thracian Army for an epic battle against a warlord. This will apparently involve a healthy injection of various mythical creatures, including the multi-headed hydra and a very big, very unrealistic lion, not to mention some pulsating martial music. It’s all in a day’s work for old Herc.

But I do not think that anyone will go to see Brett Ratner’s version of Greek mythology expecting a serious or even classical take on the story. This is strictly in 300 territory, although obviously with a bit more humor and possibly less slow-motion than we expect from that franchise. Johnson is always a charming screen presence and a lot of fun to watch, and as I say, he’s perfect for this role.

Hercules will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25. You can watch the latest TV spot below.

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