Josh Brolin has been gearing up to play Thanos, the bad guy to end all bad guys in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that will actually be the second time that Brolin has portrayed a comic book character on the big screen. Back in 2010, he played the DC cowboy anti-hero Jonah Hex in the movie of the same name. That film was not well received by anyone in any way, shape, or form, but that hasn't stopped Brolin from fantasizing about strapping on his spurs for one last ride.
While promoting the video release of Hail, Caesar! Josh Brolin spoke with Comicbook Resources and reminisced about his time as Jonah Hex and that if he had to go back in time, he would still do the movie.
I would still do Jonah Hex again. I don't like the way it turned out at all, but I do think that there's a good movie there. I think my intention was right. You're never going to be perfect, man. You just do your best.
Jonah Hex is not remembered fondly by fans of the character or movie goers in general. The film has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 33 on Metacritic. It had a surprisingly great cast that was filled out by talented actors like John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Will Arnett and Megan Fox. Despite this the film was a critical and commercial flop, making only $10.9 million of its $47 million budget. Josh Brolin admits that the movie is not without several faults, and he seems pretty okay with how everything turned out. Not everything is going to be a slam dunk, so might as well move on and wait for a Thanos-sized role to come along.
Buried very, very deep in the heart of Jonah Hex is a good movie, or at least the concept for one. As far as comic book characters go, Jonah Hex is pretty unique. He's a bounty hunter from the Wild West who fought for the confederacy before switching sides. He's known for his rough and dark personality, but he's bound by a strong sense of duty and justice. He usually gets mixed up in some really dark stuff and one side of his face is horrifically burned. A gritty and violent western with a complex anti-hero and a supernatural tint sounds like a pretty good movie.
If anyone's having trouble remembering the movie, here's the trailer to help you refresh your memory. Maybe then it'll become clear why this movie wasn't the greatest thing ever made.
It'll probably be some time before Jonah Hex makes his way back to the big screen, but the character has lived on through several television appearances. He's appeared in episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Brave and The Bold and Justice League Unlimited. Most recently, he guest-starred on DC's Legends of Tomorrow where he was played by Jonathon Schaech. Basically, if anyone in DC is traveling back in time to the old west, you can bet Jonah Hex will be there.