Official ‘Hercules’ Images Show The Rock as the Son of Zeus; Trailer Tomorrow

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hercules 2014 dwayne johnson Official Hercules Images Show The Rock as the Son of Zeus; Trailer Tomorrow

Captain America, Spider-Man, and the X-Men are heading back to the big screen in the months ahead, prior to the return of another super-powered screen warrior, in the shape of Hercules – the son of Zeus and basis for the modern superhero archetype. We’ve already seen the character in theaters once this year, when Kellan Lutz headlined Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules in January (you’re forgiven if you’d already forgotten about that movie).

The upcoming Hercules is based on the Hercules: The Thracian Wars comic books – by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya – and features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as an older (and disillusioned) version of the eponymous mythological figure, who has completed his arduous 12 Labors only to have settled into a jaded existence as a mercenary for hire.

Johnson kept his many Twitter followers updated on the film’s progress throughout production, but now we have some official photos of the actor in character (via USA Today), ahead of the official trailer launch this week.

As you can see below, The Rock got especially ripped for this role – which is saying something for the ex-wrestler – in addition to having endured a daily hours-long makeup process during shooting, which included having a beard made of actual yak hair (yep) attached to his face – so that Johnson might bear a stronger physical resemblance to the character as depicted in Moore and Wijaya’s source material. (Itself, a generally well-respected graphic novel re-interpretation of the centuries-old mythological story.)

hercules dwayne johnson Official Hercules Images Show The Rock as the Son of Zeus; Trailer Tomorrow

hercules movie 2014 dwayne johnson Official Hercules Images Show The Rock as the Son of Zeus; Trailer Tomorrow

Legend of Hercules was, in my opinion, a rather clunky misfire, which fell fare short of being an entertaining pop action movie treatment of the swords and sandals genre (using modern 3D technology) – or even a delightfully cheesy rendition of the story, a la the 1983 film starring Lou Ferrigno. Johnson’s Hercules movie is already an improvement in terms of casting; in addition to its charismatic leading man, the actor roster includes Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Slayer), John Hurt (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special), and Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story: Asylum), among other revered character actors.

Less encouraging, however, is the name Brett Ratner, who directed the second Hercules film of 2014. This month’s 300: Rise of an Empire is not without its faults, but at least that swords and sandals flick draws from its comic book roots to create a stylishly romanticized vision of history – not really something you expect, from the director of the Rush Hour trilogy and X-Men: The Last Stand. Still, maybe Ratner will surprise us.

For more on that, check back on Screen Rant tomorrow, when the Hercules trailer is due to drop online!


Hercules opens in U.S. theaters on July 25th, 2014.

Source: USA Today

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  1. size wise me meets the part obviously. but damn he looks weir with a beard and long hair lol

    • I was thinking the same thing!

    • He’s big compared to you or me, but he definitely doesn’t come close to Arnold in Conan.

  2. Not just a little nostalgia for the Scorpion King?

  3. Ill probably watch this one but nothin will beat disneys Hercules, same with Tarzan.

    • you can’t compare this movie to disney cartoon come on lol

  4. I’m not sure about this one, I guess I need to see a trailer. Every time they make these warrior type movies they never seem to do a good job. It just seems to be a little generic.

  5. It’s a little weird seeing him with long hair and beard, yes… what’s weirder is seeing him in body armor that looks two sizes to small for him… the molded physique of the armor is smaller than his own physique… looks weird, like he’s wearing a toy. I guess he needed to shop at Armor Big and Tall and they just didn’t have a location close to him back in those days.

    • The small armor is likely purposeful, in an attempt to make him look bigger.

      Like I said above, he’s no Arnold from the Conan days.

      • Pretty sure the Rock is bigger than Arnold…

        • lol, Cruzcontrol, you have absolutely no idea.

        • Yes, Cruzcontrol, you have no idea. Do a little Googling on Arnold. He is a body building legend who has won numerous awards, including Mr. Olympia and Mr Universe, in that field. He made a far bigger Conan than Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules could ever hope to be. Of course he is smaller now, because he is in his mid 60′s, but I think we’ll be hard pressed to ever see somebody of his size and stature in film again, or at least in a consistently leading role.

          • The Rock is around 6′ 5″ 262 pounds, Arnold is 5′ 11″ and in his prime around 260 so The Rock is bigger physically than the Govinator.

            • Thanks John, finally someone that isn’t a blind nuthugger. The Rock dwarfs Arnold… The internet tells all…

              • Ignore the history of pictures of the two…ignore your lying eyes when seeing Arnold in his prime…believe what you want. There is real, and there is your fantasy.

                When Dwayne wins a body building championship…heck, if he ever even attempts to compete…you let me know.

                • I think just because of Arnold’s chest he looks bigger, but as for the rock his arms and legs look the same as Arnold’s plus Arnold had the V taper which made him appear bigger. I think in the end I’d be more intimidated by the rock then I would Arnold.

                  • Since when do body builders intimidate anyone? Now you show me 150lbs wrestler who’s got coliflower ears then I’ll have to respect him… Body builders are a joke in a fight…

                    • anybody can be beaten I’m just saying the rock dressed as Hercules seems more intimidating then Arnold as Conan. Plus wrestlers can be just as much as jokes in a fight as a bodybuilder

    • ha yeah like the muscle t-shirts

    • Yeah! That’s so weird… the armor hasn’t been made for him! That’s weird.

  6. The Rock is too entertaining on his own for this movie to flop. I just hope they don’t rely on too much CGI for the fight scenes.

    • Raymonde…exactly. What is sad there is an even better image not shown here on SR. No one wants this to fail and every attempt has been made to make this an awesome experience……. and we are looking forward to it on July 25th!

  7. Get rid of that wig!

    • they should have gave him dreads

  8. No mythical creatures, no magic, no sorcere then a BIG no for me! It’s just not the same without them them. I was duped on watching “ARTHUR” with Clive Owen, just a bunch of sword fighting and a lot of talking. EXCALIBUR WAS STILL THE BEST!!

    • “Who–is this roody=poo?!”

  9. Oh so, this version is based on a comic book.

    It already look waaaaay better than that Kellan Lutz bomb.

  10. Picture #1: “If Tonto (Johnny Depp)can wear a Tweety-Bird on his head, I can wear any animal I want! It’s an open-fashion world, folksies!”

    Picture #2: “Bet I look like Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds!”

    Picture #3: “Who Pharted?!” Me-me-me-me-me!”

  11. I like the Rock but he has never been right for the part in question. A casting misfire that will lead to yet another failed adaption.

  12. I love Hercules movies like dei