‘Hercules 3D’ Star Kellan Lutz Says His Hercules Won’t Have Superpowers

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It’s long been said that comic books serve as modern mythology, but if Hollywood’s recent fascination with Hercules is any indication, traditional mythology may be making a full-on comeback.

We’ve known for a while that directors Brett Ratner (X-men: The Last Stand) and Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) are both delivering their own versions of the Greek demigod. Ratner’s film – based on the Hercules: The Thracian War comic book – has undoubtedly received more attention, given the notoriety of star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

However, Harlin’s film, dubbed Hercules 3D, has slowly picked up steam. That project recently secured Twilight star Kellan Lutz as its lead, and now – speaking to Crave Online – Lutz discusses how his take on the iconic character will differ from Johnson’s version. Here’s what Lutz said:

“I wish them the best. They have a great cast, but the story is completely different. [Johnson's Hercules] is much older and our Hercules is the man’s journey from him being a boy to a man, and it’s very real and human. Our character goes through being lovestruck and then heartbroken and then anguish and loneliness, sadness and remorse. It’s really a story about a man, a man and the journey to get back to his love. So it’s not a man with super-powers. A man not understanding the strengths that he does have and he’s in denial because he doesn’t believe in gods at first and doesn’t believe that he’s the son of Zeus and just really feels rejected by who he thinks is his father. It’s just really going through the story of what a normal boy would go through and the situation that he’s forced into.”

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In many iterations, Hercules is depicted as a fearsome warrior and – thanks to his godlike strength – something of a superhuman. However, by the sounds of it, Harlin’s Hercules film will be more angst-ridden and likely targeting a similar audience to the Twilight Saga. To that end, Lutz said that his version will be more grounded than many other incarnations of the character.

“Well, even Renny [Harlin] himself, he’s like, “Kellan, I don’t want you getting bigger. Just get your abs to pop more.” I’m like, “All right, cool.” And I like being bigger. Even I saw Hercules as this giant guy, but the powers that he harnesses, it’s not like he’s throwing bears into the sky or really fighting off any of the monsters like Clash of the Titans or anything like that. It’s really just Gladiator pretty much.”

Even the design of the character will be a departure from the look that Hercules is traditionally known for, Lutz said.

“You know what, I wish I had the long blonde locks. I was really fighting for that just because I always envisioned Hercules as that, but we have so many fight scenes that are beyond epic. And riding a horse, if it’s not your natural hair, it’d be a lot of work and we don’t have time for that. So my look’s just, I have short hair in this. It’s very cropped and manly.”

Initial reaction to two Hercules films on their way to theaters may be skeptical, but it does seem like the two films will be vastly different as far as tone. Ratner and Johnson’s film – especially being based on a comic book – will likely feature more supernatural elements and a grander scale more akin to something like Marvel’s Thor films, whereas Harlin and Lutz’s version appears to be more of an origin story regarding Hercules coming to grips with his true parentage and emerging into the hero he would later become.

Undoubtedly, there is enough mass appeal for the character of Hercules for both films to succeed at the box office, and the fact that the Harlin/Lutz film appears to be targeting a more specific demographic can only enhance its chances at achieving a profit. However, Johnson has been riding high on the success of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Pain & Gain - and with Fast & Furious 6 and several other high-profile releases still on the horizon before Hercules hits theaters, expect that momentum to carry over.


Hercules 3D is targeting a March 2014 release, while Ratner’s Hercules opens July 25, 2014.

Source: Crave Online

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  1. Hercules without his legendary strength?! ENOUGH WITH THE GROUNDED REALISM!

    For God’s sake, this is Greek Mythology, one of the most interesting things I’ve ever stumbled upon. We all know it’s not true, but the tales are vastly amazing by the way they are told.

    • Couldn’t agree more… I’m really tired hearing about grounded, realism, and stuffs
      Just do the movie like it’s supposed to be

      • BATMAN BEGINS is “grounded” by “realism”; and, from what we hear, so is MAN OF STEEL. If Renny Harlin’s approach is more of the same, it is undoubtedly based on the success of the Dark Knight trilogy and the anticipated Superman-as-immigrant trying to find his way. There are mixed signals, always, before and after the fact of a film’s success based on a particular premise. The actual fact is the opening weekend box office and just beyond. Let’s see what happens in the aftermath of MOS’s release then judge Harlin’s approach, which will not be seen (and highly subject to some modification) before HERCULES 3D’s release next year.

    • +1

    • you are right!!! no power? No strength? a total failure for sure…

  2. He cant go the distance without super strength.

    • The mythological Hercules was born a “demi-god” (son of Zeus and the glory of Hera, a goddess whose breasts he suckled as an infant); therefore, his “super-strength” is innate and postnatal. If Renny Harlin is presenting the Greek hero with anything less than this extraordinary power, the film will suffer with general audiences as well as it’s specific demographic.

    • Ha! I see what you did there

  3. this is going to be boring!

  4. Booooooorriiiiiing.

  5. Ratner’s version just became even more interesting.
    Never thought I’d say that.

    • +1

  6. ok i’m a proponent to taking a “grounded” (i hate that word now) approach to traditional characters in order to help them relate to modern audiences but a hercules with no strength fails to make a connection with me.

    • He’s related to Zeus…yet has nothing to set him apart from Perseus, Achilles, or even friggin 300′s King Leonidas

      • Perseus was a son of Zeus too though, and Achilles another demigod.

        “You know what, I wish I had the long blonde locks.”
        …. like Disney’s version, he means!?

  7. well… i aint looking forward to this.

  8. Oh, so they’re filiming “Smallville” for the big screen.

  9. No super powers? Then what’s the poin of this film?

  10. Steve Reeves’ rendition of Hercules didn’t really have any godly powers or super strength. Although yes he was very strong and had a physique to go along with it. And his Hercules is still the most iconic.

    I’m pretty sure The Rock’s hercules will be the same. Neither will be moving continents with their bare hands. this isn’t a Marvel/DC movie.

    Kellan Lutz kinda even has already has a Herculean look.

    • Steve Reeves is to Hercules what Sean Connery is to James Bond: It’s a universe where contemporary film versions cannot breath the oxygen.

      Physically, Hercules is a creature of the Mediterraean with dark features, short curly hair, and a large-boned traditional male anatomy, well-muscled but not abnormal rather along the lines of a modern-day bodybuilder.

      He clearly was stronger than any mortal man but his prowess did not approach that of Superman. It’s this “balance” that Renny Harlin (and Brett Ratner) must calculate and not let the “exceptionalism” of the character spin wildly out of control.

  11. Greek Twilight
    … Terrible.

  12. I don’t see the problem with this film being more realistic. I would like seeing more than just the average “look at me I am Hercules but I don’t want to be so super tough because I am lonely…” thing again and again. If they are going to use a character that has been used allot then envision him in your own way don’t reuse someone’s work.

    • Interesting to the point of ironic that the 12 Labors of Hercules, alone, far exceed anything so far presented by Marvel Studios and Warner Bros/DC.

      Clearly, Brett Ratner’s HERCULES will askew the labors; Renny Harlin’s HERCULES 3D suggests (some of) these might be included. However, the actual narrative mission of either film is unknown at this moment.

      Neither production wouldn’t really have to work so hard to imagine the adventures of Hercules if the filmmakers would simply crack open a text book.

      As I said…interesting to the point of ironic.

  13. Yes because God forbid the Myths of Hercules were all based on real events and not on…..”Myths”!!!

  14. … How about no. Good grief, it went from “Twilight star” to “love-struck” and my brain just completely said no.

  15. I guess Ratner and Harlin don’t know Kratos ‘grounded’ Hercules and I’d much rather see a Ghost of Sparta movie than this one

  16. No blond locks; Greeks are not blond.
    I will watch both these flicks on Netflix when available.

  17. I am not sure what either director is bringing to the table recently to think either movie will hit it out of the park. I loved “Long Kiss Goodnight” and liked “Deep Blue Sea”, but you will be hard pressed to find any other Harlin did that was above fair. Waiting on the first really, really good Ratner film. I liked the first “Rush Hour”, and “Tower Heist was fun, but I ain’t giving him any love for his handling of action films.

    Herc deserves a good flick.