Concept Artwork Reveals Bradley Cooper’s ‘The Crow’ Character Design

3 years ago by  

It’s been nearly three months since Bradley Cooper departed director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s reboot of The Crow movie series. Fresnadillo, himself, then left the project a couple months later. As a result, we’re starting to see bits and pieces of pre-production info for the film begin to leak – as the movie’s immediate future becomes increasingly murky.

Today, we’ve got an especially interesting behind-the-scenes peek at Fresnadillo’s Crow treatment – with a set of pre-production concept artwork that details what Cooper would have looked like in the iconic Crow makeup.

Cooper had long been the frontrunner for the part, with the actor and director meeting on several occasions to discuss and collaborate on ideas for the reboot. While many fans were hesitant about Cooper attempting to fill the shoes of fan-favorite Brandon Lee, following nearly six months of discussion, Cooper dropped out of the film after scheduling conflicts with Alexander Proyas’ Paradise Lost film – where the actor will play Lucifer.

But, for anyone who was especially excited about a Cooper-led Crow film, or anyone still scratching their heads trying to imagine what the actor would look like in Crow makeup, the following images (courtesy of Shock Till You Drop) may offer a bit of insight:

While the images aren’t particularly inspiring, it’s important to remember that they represent pre-production artwork – not fully realized ideas about what the character would look like. Not to mention, The Crow doesn’t offer a lot of inspired variation from interpretation to interpretation. Essentially, regardless of the actor, he’s still (mostly) going to be a guy in clown make-up wearing black – and it’s up to the performer to really make that basic formula ominous onscreen.

That said, who would have ever thought of putting a mohawk on Bradley Cooper? I might have paid the price of admission just to see him try and make that work from shot to shot.

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We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The Crow as more information is released.

Source: Shock Till You Drop



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  1. Probably good that he left. Not feeling the look at all…. Design wise it would have been the worst one yet…. Even Furlong’s looked better….somewhat…

    • Why reboot this movie. The only thing that made this movie semi famous was the fact that Brandon Lee died from the original. Was a horrible movie and we lost a important player in the process.

      • I do agree we dont need a reboot. But the original crow was anything but horrible. Very good IMO.

  2. Is someone trying too hard – I mean come on do you have to go the Goth meats 1980 post punk apocalyptic high school musical? I know there is not a lot of room in the Crow tonal pallet to explore or grow but these sketches look uninspired.

  3. The Crow films should be left alone…

  4. looks horrible! I know its pre stuff but I gitta say … I dont like it at all

  5. Heath Ledger would of been perfect for a CROW film.

    • Five years ago, I would have disagreed with you, but after The Dark Knight, Ledger would have been the perfect Eric Draven.

  6. Allan, I agree too.

  7. I like Bradley Cooper, but I don’t think he could have pulled off a character like The Crow.

  8. No wonder this project self destructed. This looks HORRENDOUS!!

    What a shock they called this off.

    Bradley Cooper as the Crow would have looked just as convincing as Betty White as Lara Croft.

  9. I didnt like Cooper at first, he’s sort of grown on me because the one thing he shares with Brandon Lee is both guys have a relaxed likability about them. I remember seeing some action movie with Lee (was it Dolph in that one too? cant remember), but he like Cooper have that charm thing going without trying. They can be tough without doing gruff voice or making idiotic cool posing and cheesey facial expressions.

    Anyway, it would have been an interesting casting choice to see how it would pan out.

    • Showdown in Little Tokyo is the name of said Dolph/Lee movie.

      I also agree about Bradley Cooper, but they just really need to let this go. The original Crow is a perfect film. It’s known as Lee’s last movie. I don’t think there was any need for City of Angels, Salvation or Wicked Prayer.

      The TV show wasn’t terrible though, but was a total reinvention of Eric Draven.

  10. Picture 3- its Slash

  11. If David Fincher ever wanted to do a “comic book movie”, then this woud be the one to do.

  12. Highly opinionated “artists” around here. tss