I was excited to learn that Preacher was being made into a live-action TV series. Then I learned it was being run by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Now, dark times are upon us.
I remember walking into the movie theaters to catch Green Hornet. I'd been a fan of the TV series, what little I'd caught of it (when paired with Batman). I'd also read a few Green Hornet comics, and from what I'd seen, I gathered that Britt Reid was a smart, driven, serious man.
Then Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg got a hold of him, and turned him into, well, Seth Rogen's on-screen persona: a dim-witted, entitled jackass. It's no coincidence that in the movie, Rogen's Green Hornet has no agency: he's given everything in his quest to fight evil. His gas gun, his car, his mask, his quest, everything. He earned none of it.
I'm not saying Seth Rogen doesn't know what he's doing. He produced and starred in some of the funniest pictures of the last decade: The 40-Year-Old Virgin chief among them. I'm saying that his and Goldberg's brand of comedy is a complete mismatch with Preacher, just as it was with The Green Hornet— which garnered a humble 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Yes, Preacher has some comedy to it— but nowhere near the amount that Rogen and Goldberg will bring to the mix, if their past work is anything to go on. Are these two able to write for a hero who's confident? Sexy? Masculine? Sincere? None of those traits are funny.
Yeah, characters like Arseface could fit in well with their brand of comedy; but Arseface isn't the meat of the story. Cassidy has his funny moments as a sometimes-lovable f*ck-up, but again, Preacher is about one man's mission to stare down God himself and get some answers.
I don't know what they have in store. I only know what they've shown us already. But if their Preacher turns out anything like The Green Hornet, I'll give it a strong pass.
What do you think?