Get ready to say “Fuck Communism” all over again, as the Preacher TV series is just about to begin…
In the mid-’90s, DC and Vertigo published one of the most disruptive, profane, and memorable comics of the decade: Preacher. Creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon both have incredible runs on multiple series – Punisher, Hellblazer, The Ultimates, Hitman – but the 66 issues of Preacher and its multiple mini-series and specials are the team’s magnum opus, albeit a magnum opus featuring a supporting character named Arseface. The sacrilegious tale of a man using the power of God as he travels America with his ex-girlfriend and a vampire was a formative work for me as a comic book fan, and now we FINALLY, decades later, have our first look at the live action adaptation.
And yes, comic movie fans, you aren’t seeing things – that is indeed Tony Stark’s father playing the profane lead, Jesse Custer. Dominic Cooper is joined by Ruth Negga as Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip, and Joe Gilgun as their bloodsucking pal Cassidy. Those 10 seconds of shots are certainly a great tease, and we’ll get our full first look this weekend when it premieres sometime during the next Walking Dead episode. Preacher, another gorey, long-running comic book seems like a good fit for AMC, though I’m not quite sure how Preacher works if the cast can’t say fuck. That was practically every fucking other fuck word.
Honestly, we should be happy this is even happening at all, now that the show is being produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Since the book’s 1995 premiere there’s been talk of it getting made into a film or a series. But folks like Miramax and HBO spent decades trying to make it happen, all for naught. Can a series so tied to the 1990s, with its Nirvana references and battles against people on both political extremes, can it still all work now that it’s nearing release? We won’t know for sure until it air in 2016, though you can use the wait to finally check out Preacher if you haven’t yet. It may feel slightly dated, but it’s still a very fun journey. And, if you read it before it becomes a hit show, you can act all smug saying, “pssh, I read that AGES ago.” Pretty sweet, right?
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