Trailer for SyFy’s ‘The Phantom’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:27 am,

phantom logo Trailer for SyFys The Phantom

A week after the release of SyFy’s Riverworld trailer, we get to take a look at another SyFy original miniseries event; an adaptation of the Lee Falk comic, The Phantom.

The film, based on the comic, tells the story of Kit Walker, the 21st Phantom, played by Ryan Carnes (General Hospital, Desperate Housewives), with Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Alias) as the villain, Lithia. Cameron Goodman (Wild ‘N Out) will star as Walker’s love interest, Renny and Sandrine Holt (The L World) as the Phantom’s trusted friend and advisor, Guran.

Fans of the series hoping to get a glimpse of Phantom villian, Rama Singh, will be out of luck as they’ve “reimagined” the Singh Brotherhood leader as Rhatib Singh. No information has been released on whether Rhatib is representing the character Rama for the film or if he’s a relative.

Producers, RHI Entertainment, have provided the following synopsis:

The legendary superhero returns in this modern-day and action packed miniseries event. When Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes) learns of his father’s death, the adventurous young man inherits the mantle of his superhero father. As the new Phantom, the 21st in the Walker line, Kit vows to uphold and honor his ancestors’ creed-to fight crime and injustice throughout the world.

Check out the trailer for SyFy’s The Phantom below.

For those interested on what the suit will look like, SyFy has strayed away from the original purple and black spandex favoring the kind of look that Smallville has chosen for the Green Arrow. With character designs provided (see below), the Phantom seems less of a superhero and more of someone looking to play street hockey.

phantom costume Trailer for SyFys The Phantom

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While I’ve never been a fan of the way the previous Phantom adaptations (on film or television) have been executed, I have always been interested in the story and mythos of the character. Sadly, from what I’ve seen of this adaption, it doesn’t appear that my mind will be changed. Even though I’m a fan of comic book/superhero movies, I firmly believe that there are some characters (The Phantom included) that are either impossible or incredibly hard to bring to the big, or small, screen and make it an enjoyable experience.

The Phantom will appear on SyFy in 2010 as a two-night, four-hour event.

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  1. The return of the Phantom! I remember liking the film (which tanked) in 1996, but I saw it again in 2005 and hated it.

    I think Peter David called it the best, most faithful comic-to-film adaptation back in 2001 or so. This is pre-Spidey, etc. I’m sure he’ll think otherwise (except the 2003 Hulk).

    heath

  2. Yeah,I saw this last week.
    AndI dont know what to make of the new costume either.
    This project is something I have a wait and see attitude about.

  3. I quite liked the Billy Zane film when it first came out. Not seen it since…

    Is it just me but when I first saw the costume the first thing I thought of was Assassins Creed?

  4. the costume really sux not like the original was any better but c’mon a gay hood it’s been done

  5. O Hollywood, has Catwoman taught you nothing? Or since it is “Syfry”, has your version of Flash Gordon taught you nothing? You already have a limited audience by doing a Phantom movie. Why stray from it and possibly alienate that audience?

    I kind of liked the Billy Zane movie, in a can’t look away from the train wreck sort of way. It had its entertaining moments. Isn’t the idea of The Phantom that they all look alike so even though he seems to get killed he soldiers on? Hence “The Ghost that Walks”. Doesn’t changing his looks diminish that somewhat?

    O well, he is a minor character in today’s pop culture. Though, what’s next, some comedian going to make a Green Hornet movie? Seth who is doing what? Well at least Sammo Hung isn’t playing Kato.

  6. Wow, I won’t lie that looks pretty bad

  7. i guess its kinda cool

  8. I think the concept art was better than the actual suit. The suit’s hilarious.

  9. Saw the phantom miniseries today ,it was good had all the elements of the comic book, but the suit really sucks. i hope that they change the suit in the future series to look more like the original suit, and what is with the cave it looks like it was made out of mud. overall i would rate the movie excellent except for the dam suit which is a poor design concept. if i do see that same suit in the future series i wont even bother to watch the series even as a joke.

  10. None of you guys actually read all the comics, do you?

    I’ve read every single Australian Frew-published Phantom comic ever sold, and I’ve been reading them for 30 years. If you’ve ever read a Phantom comic and gone ‘YES!’ out loud when the bad guys get smacked out, then you know what the character of The Phantom is really all about.

    For the record, I loved the new suit – the old one suits the comics, but not the screen (and Billy Zane looked just plain poofy in it). I loved the modern twists. I love the way Ryan actually has some inner ‘spunk’ and character – he’s a Walker, after all, and he shows it well.

    For all you people who only watched the Billy Zane movie and think that’s what The Phantom is like – no way! Go get a couple of issues of The Phantom comic, and see what he’s really all about.

    I watched the Billy Zane movie in ’96 and I thought it sucked… he just doesn’t have what it takes to fit the Phantom boots. Ryan did a much, much better job at it.