The Phantom (1996)

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Post  BoG on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:17 pm

It's easy to criticize Billy Zane; one might accuse him of being just too affable in the hero role or maybe lightweight. But, I liked the slightly different bent he brought to the stereotypical costumed hero role; there was a consistency to his performance that, by the end, just rang true. Also, telling by his shirtless scene, you could see that he took this role seriously - this guy worked out for the role, to put it mildly (unlike, say, Ben Affleck in Daredevil-2003). The plot involves three mystical skulls of power which the dastardly Drax (Williams) is after. A lot of the action takes place in the jungle wilderness but it also switches to 1930s New York City, so there's this strong retro noir feel to some scenes.

I did note a lot of similarity to the Batman superhero model. One aspect sprang out at me for some reason - The Phantom's main contact was the local top cop, just like commissioner Gordon and Batman. But, wait a moment -- The Phantom was created in 1936, about 3 years before Batman. So, what is copying what..?     confused  BoG's Score:7 out of 10
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