The Phantom

I’m sitting here torturing myself via Syfy’s two-movie-length modernized “reboot” of “The Phantom,” which is about as terrible as one would expect. It also (so far) features possibly the worst example of hero-costume “realism” I’ve ever seen. They’ve basically got him wearing somebody’s idea of a “movement friendly” bomb-disposal suit – which looks about as bad as you’d imagine.

9 thoughts on “The Phantom

  1. BFG says:

    Ah, Syfy, you've been a constant, reliable source of embarrassment for the science fiction genre since the beginning. Bless your heart.


  2. Scott Glasgow says:

    Know what anciently old super hero should get the reboot done properly? The Shadow, he was possible the first antihero and he was around before Superman! The 90's movie was decent, but TV series would be great, no modernized crap though, tell his story like it is, a modernization would lose all his appeal.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Is it wrong that I liked that campy The Phantom that had Billy Zane in it? This reboot's suit isn't even purple. And it stars not Billy Zane. I'll pass.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Yeah I thought about watching the “The Phantom Locker” but I just didn't want to waste my time on something that looked completely wrong. Well this is what realism gets you.


  5. Vincent says:

    Yeah, I saw the Billy Zane movie when I was in my early teens, and I quite enjoyed it. Yes, I know now that the movie was garbage, but at least the Phantom was depicted in his signature skin-tight purple costume.


  6. Dave says:

    @ anon: Oh please. That isn't what realism gets you. It's what bad movie making gets you. Stop attributing failures to a stylistic choice.

    @Scott: YES! I loved the shadow movie. I've always had a thing for that time period and that movie was a fairly valiant attemtps at bringing such an old character to the big screen. Sadly it seemed the viewing public would rather watch Jim Carrey prance about like a living cartoon for the umpteenth time than a rather unique little movie with infinitely more potential.


  7. Anonymous says:

    I remember liking Phantom 2040 a lot as a kid. Wish I could see it now to check if it still works.

    (Also, Defenders of the Earth. But I was even younger then and don't remember that much).


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