Found via Bleeding Cool, this trailer is for The Phantom pilot planned for Syfy. I enjoy The Phantom well enough. I recently watched the serial from 1943 with Tom Tyler, and although it’s quite dated, it’s not bad. I also remember liking the Billy Zane movie well enough, though it didn’t perform well in theaters. The Phantom was created by Lee Falk in a 1936 comic strip.
This modern take, with a different costume and a non-jungle setting seems to me to generic up the concept quite a bit. Without the costume and jungle, all you have is the generational aspect — which was explored in a sci-fi way in the cartoon “Phantom 2040.”
I realize the amount of hardcore Phantom fans that are out there probably aren’t enough to justify a new series, so the feeling is you have to mix it up from the original. I tend to prefer films that stick closer to the original concept, however. I think I’d prefer The Phantom as a period piece, though the generational aspect of The Phantom does tend to mean you can set it any time, just move another Phantom or two into the future.
- Matt Price