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We haven’t really talked much here on Cinema Blend about Arnold Schwarzegger’s plan to turn his governorship of California into a comic book, mostly because it’s an incredibly lame idea and talking about it makes us feel sort of embarrassed that Arnold’s career has come to this. Now though, we’re forced to talk about it, because he’s also turning this lame comic book idea into a feature film.
The comic is called The Governator, because Arnold thought the nick name given to him as a joke isn’t a joke but actually kind of cool. It’s not. It’s a joke. Someone should tell him. They won’t, so he announced that it’s more than a comic book, but a multi-platform project which will also end up as an animated television series, internet programming, and eventually a movie (in 3D of course). As the title suggests, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a governor fighting crime.
Don’t worry, The Governator may be a political figure but he won’t fight anything controversial. You're safe for now, welfare programs. For instance Deadline reports that when asked if the Governator might take on Moammar Gadhafi he responded, “I don’t want to make headlines, that means you won’t write about The Governator. That might be going in the wrong direction. But the way things are going, we may have a chance of selling our series down there.”
Just how completely lame is this idea? Here’s the first trailer for the animated series, co-starring Larry King, who of course makes everything… cool?
After watching that trailer, it won’t surprise you to learn that a lot of this seems to be the result of a partnership with Stan Lee. Stan Lee is a comic book icon… but for the work he did in the genre decades ago. These days he produces schlocky, horrible television programs and hangs on to fame mostly because Marvel keeps giving him cameos in all their movies. This is just about the kind of completely out of touch, exceptionally bad idea you’d expect from Stan.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t what anyone had in mind, back when Arnold announced his return to acting a few weeks ago. Actually I think it’s safe to say this is the exact opposite of what everyone had in mind. Hopefully this isn’t Schwarzenegger’s only project. That Running Man reboot seems pretty good, right about now.