Monday, January 12, 2015
Still Slamming Evil!
I loved The Phantom movie from the very beginning. It was not the most propitious time for a superhero movie in the mid 90's, but better then than never. Of all the comic book movies I've seen, this one as much as any captured the essence of the hero.
While it might've not been as successful in other respects as ideally one would want, it did offer up a bold and positive hero who fought hard and skillfully to save people and battle the criminals and pirates who prey upon them. Billy Zane was physically convincing for the most part and his broad smile was ideal for a hero who has no real superpower save his willpower and utter confidence.
Here is an article I stumbled across from this past summer which describes how this lovely movie came to be.
For all its limitations, I still find this raucous and free-wheeling adventure a pleasure to watch.