The prevalence of comic book movies is taken for granted in today’s film market, but there was a time not very long ago that movies based on comics and graphic novels had a hard time getting made. In 1994, the feature film based on The Crow broke the mold and gave fans a dark and serious look into the world of graphic novels.
A reboot version of The Crow has been in the works for quite some time now, but plans keep hitting serious roadblocks. For years the film has seen actors like Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans rumored to be attached, while directors have come and gone and come back again. But there may be some new life in reboot with the recent rumors that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is now being eyed to play Eric Draven.
Since the rumor began circulating, artist BossLogic rendered a new image (via: ComicBook.com), giving fans an idea of how Momoa could look as the dark, vengeance-fueled character.
At this point, it’s smart to take news on The Crow with a grain of salt, even though things look a little more positive this time, since Momoa recently tweeted an image of himself with director Corin Hardy, while making references to sealing the deal.
Any new film has big shoes to fill, since the legacy of comic book creator James O’Barr’s tragic work has been a complicated one. The death of Brandon Lee on the set of the first Crow created a grim aura around the film that drew in audiences in 1990s. The movie had to be finished with the help of stunt doubles and special effects, a move that was unprecedented at the time. Nevertheless, the film, which only cost $15 million to make became a sleeper hit, bringing in over $50 million at the box office.
The film still has its admirers to this day, which makes the determination to get the reboot off the ground understandable. The addition of a rising star like Momoa could potentially elevate the movie above the lackluster sequels and help draw genre audiences to the theaters. Momoa has no shortage of fans watching his every move ever since his rise to fame as warlord Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. With his appearance as Aquaman in Batman V Superman and the upcoming Justice League he’s bound to bring in an even bigger audience. At any rate, Momoa will certainly be the most imposing Crow to date.
Screen Rant will continue to provide updates on The Crow reboot as they develop.