Comic-Con: Solomon Kane is Surprisingly Very Awesome

Published 6 years ago by , Updated July 26th, 2009 at 4:45 pm,

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(This article was written by Screen Rant guest contributor Ryan Connors).

In Saturday’s lineup of major Hall H events, Quint from Ain’t It Cool News moderated a surprisingly entertaining panel on Michael J. Bassett’s upcoming film, Solomon Kane.

The panel consisted of Producer Samuel Hadida, director Michael Bassett and lead actor James Purefoy (Rome, The Philanthropist).

Solomon Kane is a fictional puritan adventurer created by Robert E. Howard (think Conan the Barbarian). In this film, we see Kane (played by James Purefoy) as a ruthless man who would do anything to achieve his goals, set out on the path of redemption. He eventually finds himself part of a family, and sets out on a rescue quest when one of his loved ones is kidnapped.

The panel started off with a trailer for the film, and then proceeded to show several clips, revealing both the action and character building aspects of the film. Despite the low budget, the visuals and special effects were impressive, and the short clips really pulled me in.

The first clip was pure action and showed Kane and a band of his warriors storming some sort of keep. It included heavy sword battles that were well choreographed and seemed very real and harsh. Purefoy explained that they actually dressed up a pig carcass in leather and hacked away at it to see how real flesh reacts to different sword attacks.

Subsequent clips showed Kane’s more human side as he travels alongside his new family. In one scene the group stumbles upon a witch-burning-gone-wrong and ends in suspense as one of the characters discovers the sole survivor.

The clips then shift gears again back to action, as Kane is thrown into a pit of scary-ass freaky-looking zombies. Then Kane is shown in a “helm’s deep” type battle at the end of the film. The fighting is extremely gritty and real, with gore effects reminiscent of 300. In one scene, it takes Kane three heavy swings with his sword to fully decapitate his foe (awesome!). He later threw the head to the ground as the next combatant approached.

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Official Solomon Kane Poster [Click to Enlarge]

Bassett talked lot about Kane describing him as “cool despite himself” and that he had a “Batman vibe about him.” I did see a lot of Batman in Kane as the self-sacrificing hero. In one scene, Kane is wearing a black cape and a shot from behind is eerily similar to Batman as well – I’m not sure if that was intentional, but it’s obvious if you think Batman while watching it.

Bassett also said that since Lord of the Rings worked, it gave him the courage to deliver a real, intelligent fantasy picture, knowing that it can be done. This movie does seem a step down from Lord of the Rings, however. The budget is much smaller, the director and cast are much less known, and the amount of footage that was shown seemed as though it was a little desperate for attention.

This makes sense as Solomon Kane does not currently have an American distributor.

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  1. barely remember reading the comic…but i liked it.

    good news!

  2. I Love James Purefoy and this sounds like an excellent movie for him. I’m worried it doesn’t have an American distributor, but hopeful that after ComicCon that won’t be a problem. Is the clip(s) being shown somewhere on the net?

  3. It is not a comic. Solomo Kane is a literary character from the 30´s.

    This movie looks awesome…

  4. This movie sounds awesome and i can’t wait to watch it lol 😀

  5. @Kike

    Marvel did have a Solomon Kane comic in the 80’s. I only had one issue that involved Kane fighting a werewolf to save a child.

    Most likely the comic was inspired by the 30’s literary character. I may have to read more of Marvels comic version as well as brush up on the original 30’s version and hope this gets an American distributor

  6. Hey Rob, did you read Harry knowles’ review a couple months back? If not then this comment is null and void but if you did then you shouldn’t be so surprised at how great it is.

  7. oops my bad the last comment goes out to Ryan.

  8. Hey Vin. To be honest both Rob and I knew little about this panel or film going in. We just happened to be in Hall H waiting for the (amazing) Iron Man panel.

    What Bassett is trying to do is extremely impressive given his budget and I *really* wish him success so that the film can be released in North America. Most likely it’s just a matter of time.

    I took a look at Knowles’ stuff and he does seem excited as we are. Thanks for the heads up!

  9. Vin,
    I remember reading Knowles’ review and ever since then I have been excited for this film. And now it will be playing at the T-O film fest, it is win!

  10. James Purefoy is a wonderful, under-rated actor. I must see this! Any chance of an American distributor signing on since Comic-Con?

  11. I liked the Kane panel discussion as well and thought the footage looked very nice. I did think they were a little desperate in their pitch but the clips clearly reflected their commitment in translating Howard faithfully to the screen in feel and tone. Can’t comment on how they did with the story yet. It seems 2010 is shaping up as a big comeback for sword and sorcery with Kane, Conan, Prince of Persia (?) and the Sword and the Sorcerer sequel, Tales of An Ancient Empire (with Kevin Sorbo, Christopher Lambert and the gorgeous and hot Melissa Ordway). Can’t wait to start swashing my buckles! Hopefully Rodriquez will get Red Sonja into the mix too.

  12. I had no idea this was coming out! One of my favorite of Robert E Howard’s characters.

  13. I’m glad to see some discussion on this one – I’m hoping they get a distribution deal coming out of Comic-Con.


  14. @Vin

    I haven’t heard that.