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 John Kirk ( 8th May 2003, 11:50, Rank: Patrician )  reply

After seeing that trailer in the cinema, it occured to me that I may have been too hard on the film before. (They gain points for not using the "LXG" abbreviation.) Although it's different from the comic, that's not intrinsically a bad thing, if they've stayed true to the spirit, by saying "here are a bunch of pulp heroes, and we're extrapolating their further adventures from where the 19th century novels left off". And just because they've extrapolated in a different direction from the comics, or used different characters, that doesn't make the choices invalid. It's just like an Elseworlds story (to use the DC terminology). What did bother me was that they didn't say much about the characters - they referred to Dr Jekyll by name, and the Invisible Man was probably obvious from the image, but for instance they never referred to Quatermain by name. Instead, they said "Starring Sean Connery" (with his name appearing on the screen). I'd say that if that's going to influence you to watch the film then you already know who he is, so it goes without saying. On the other hand, the kids behind me seemed impressed, and I'm guessing that they wouldn't recognise the character names, so this may be a valid marketing approach.


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 Sulkyblue ( 8th May 2003, 12:21, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

The names of the characters really don't matter, people will recognise the name Jeckyll, but not the others (I didn't when reading the character bios on the official site). You can't put too much info on a trailer, they want them to look cool without having too much detail (which is probably why they do the very short flashes of scenes which I find a little irritating).

As for differing from the original source, this is a common problem. Film makers want to use the names and the built in publicity (not to mention the "don't want to be sued for something that's quite close to another copywrite") but need to change stuff to fit into a 2 hour film. There are liberties that can be taken without pissing fans off (most of the fan reaction to X-Men has been very favourable despite large changes to some of the characters, ditto for Lord of the Rings) but change too much and you're gonna have disgruntled fans (Thunderbirds and The Italian Job are a couple that immediately spring to mind). I feel changes to characters and histories are probably ok, fundamental changes to plot, universe and feel however should be done with great care.

I'm looking forward to this film, it looks cool, the historical look makes it stand out from other films at the moment and so long as Sean Connery doesn't lay his accent on with a trowel it should be fun.


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