Despite it being in the works for a long time and production now being finished, we’ve heard little news about Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, an upcoming fantasy film starring Brandon Routh. It’s based on an Italian comic series and stars Routh as by-night investigator Dylan Dog, who has monsters such as vampires, werewolves and zombies to deal with.

We finally have a look at a trailer for Dead of Night and unfortunately it’s more cheesy than fun. It gives off a strong Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibe but it seems off-kilter in terms of balancing heart and wit with monster ass kicking. Simply having those elements in there isn’t enough – you need to know how to make them function together as one cohesive whole.

I like Routh, and he manages to make the trailer bearable, but if it weren’t for him then I think this movie would come and go without anyone noticing (who knows – maybe that will still happen even with Routh in it…).

Check out the Dead of Night trailer for yourself so you can make up your own mind:

I’m sure many of those moments in the trailer are supposed to be clever, satirical or just plain funny in an almost slapstick sense. But I’ve got to say, apart from a couple of moments here and there, I didn’t laugh or feel excited or involved in what was going on. Like I said – Buffy the Vampire Slayer this is not.

To be fair, there are some cool things to be found in the trailer, particularly when it comes to the makeup effects on some of the monsters. With the exception of a questionable-looking werewolf at the beginning, the makeup looks pretty good, especially the vampires. If nothing else, Dead of Night with have some cool visuals even if it doesn’t have much else going for it in the dialogue or action department.

I understand the original Dylan Dog comic and the titular character are pretty popular (the trailer makes it clear it’s one of the most popular comics ever) so I’ll be curious to hear what fans think of how the adaptation looks.

With Routh having just finished a turn as one of the seven evil exes in the critically-acclaimed but box office lame Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I wonder how another adaptation of a little-known comic book (at least in the sense of the general movie going public) starring the last actor to portray Superman will perform. At least here Routh is front and center again…

Alongside Routh, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night stars Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs, Peter Stormare, Anita Briem and Parker Dash.

Last we heard, the film was supposed to be released sometime this year. The trailer says that the film is in post-production so it could still make a 2010 release date – but since it apparently doesn’t have a distributor yet, I’d bet on it being released sometime next year instead.

Source: Trailer Addict