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Will Smith Talks HANCOCK Sequel...

Merrick here...
I'm fascinated that opinions about HANCOCK are so sharply divided. I get how & why the film could be criticized, but in my circle the haters seem to hate it & the lovers seem to worship it - with very few opinions falling in between (although I think Harry loved the first half of the movie and really didn't like the second half). Like Massawyrm (review HERE), I loved the hell out of HANCOCK and found it to solidify nicely on subsequent viewings (Blu-Ray, for example). I left its preview screening having many questions about its characters, their interrelations, and their histories. I thought HANCOCK was one of the more compelling and inventive superhero films we've seen in a while (not to discredit THE DARK KNIGHT in any way), and I was instantly horny to know and see more. Seems like that may well happen. JoBlo has a paraphrase from Will Smith, gleaned during one of Smith's pimping sessions for SEVEN POUNDS (trailer HERE).
When we asked Will if he'd ever be up for playing another superhero he replied that there were a lot of unexplored characters in the HANCOCK universe that would be ripe for a sequel and confirmed that we'll definitely see the rumored HANCOCK 2 in a few years. So who do you think these "unexplored characters could be?".
...says THIS ARTICLE at JoBlo. So there you have it. Are Smith and Theron really the last of their kind, or are others hidden out there...possibly with ungood agendas? Will we get a direct sequel, or a HIGHLANDER-esque prequel chronicling Smith & Theron's apparently dysfunctional relationship as they move through history, their immortality ebbing and flowing? We'll see. Flame away if you must. BUt I, for one, am unapologetically excited.

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  • Dec. 5, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Try "don't care"...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Not "love", not "hate", just couldn't care less about another dumb flick with Smith...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I'm okay with a sequel.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Will Smith was great in it and the script had lots of potential and was in some parts even fucking brillant. Yes, I would love to re-visit the world of Hancock at least one more time. It was a fun world, but I hope that the sequel will be the movie that part 1 should have been.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Waiting for the day Will Smoth grows a sense of taste

    by moondoggy2u

    I mean, come one! Hancock! Really!?!? Hancock!?!?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Awwwww hell no!

    by Righteous Brother

    I haven't seen Hancock. But from what I gather in the trailer, he's got superpowers, yet someone in a prison talks to trash to him, I mean, who'd be stupid enough to do that?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST

    You've been Hancocked.

    by vic twenty

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Now that the origin story is out of the way...

    by Flyingcircus

    this could be good. I really, really wanted to like Hancock, but it just couldn't seem to find solid ground. It wanted to be crude, but not too crude. It wanted to be friendly, but not too friendly. Dramatic, but not too actiony. It was too much of a hodge podge. Now that this is all established, a straightforward story could work well.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Hancock Sucked

    by GeorgieBoy

    That is all.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I was instantly horny to know and see more

    by robamenta

    uhhg...couldnt you find a better word than horny?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by Nearside

    I could watch something historical, it could turn out to be significantly different from the first movie in style and tone, though they'd have to avoid any kind of Lestat-esque angst-ridden wankery, or at the very least, pick a tone and stick with it for the whole movie. I enjoyed Hancock, though - a second movie doesn't sound like a bad idea.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    they should have stopped filming at the 45 minute mark

    by Jugdish

    And the film would have lived in infamy as a great Superhero flick

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Ok... the sequels/Reboots I most want to see:

    by kgreene

    1-Orca II: Revenge of the Blowhole 2-Training Day: Training Wheels-Young Alonzo Harris 3-The Hidden III: Still Hiding 4-Forbidden Planet II: Forbidden Asteroid 5-Unbreakable 2 - BrokeDick 6-Maniac Cop 4: Much Mo Maniacal , Muthafuckas! Just as good as Hancock II. (Hancocks?)

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Best parts of Hancock was when he was an asshole

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    The whole movie ahould have just been about an asshole hero; he could've saved the day or whatever without becoming a superman-like Boy scout...when he became heroic towards the end, the movie became "meh". I don't want to see another superhero movie or an exploration of the characters. I want to see Hancock spiking SUV's and terrifying Michael Meyers again.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm a "heter"...

    by Kid Z

    ...because, just... FUCK NO!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Er... make that "hater"

    by Kid Z

    ...damn fingers again. I hate typing, too. When are they going to keyboardless, voice-recognition computers?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I look forward to this as much as a Jumper sequel

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Translated to - not in the slightest. <p> BTW - nomination for most hideously arrogant thing said in commentary this year. Doug Liman on Jumper "We set out to revolutionize the comic book genre and I think we succeeded." Sir, i hate to break your cocoon of self-delusion but you did not.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    A prequel defantly sounds more intresting,but a Prequel/Sequel ala Godfather 2 might be better.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    How about a prequel

    by mrfan

    Want to see more of drunk Hancock.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    There is one thing I'd like to know about the script!

    by DerLanghaarige

    I've heard over the years in which "Tonight...He Comes" in development hellseveral times from different sources that Vince Gilligan's original screenplay would be one of the greatest dramedies ever written. What did they change? Anybody knows the original script?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to the A.I. sequel

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Where a strangely-grown robotic Haley Joel Osment sits for another 3 and 1/2 centuri ... err ... hours in front of the blue faerie.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    even the people that liked it say its kinda bland...

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD the fuck could you be EXCITED for this?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Smith Should'nt Have F-ed With Ngo's AWESOME Script

    by cowboyone

    Mann and Berg have to cop to some of the responsibility here too. The first act of Hancock is inspired. The second and third acts are fucking ludicrously bad. Those three guys should be embarrassed. After so many years of "Big Willie" box office glad-handling, Smith is falling into the God trap of thinking he's "more" than a movie-star. You don't rewrite Richard fucking Matheson. You just shut the fuck up and film it as it is on the page. Why does he rewrite EVERYTHING he's in? Answer A. Because he can. Hancock could have been BRILLIANT if he had filmed Ngo's original BLACK LISTED script.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    It really saddens me to say it . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but throwing "Electric Boogaloo" into the sequel discussions is just not funny anymore. Breaks my heart though.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Merrick . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Really? You can name at least one person who "worships" Hancock?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    Jesus Christ did Liman really say that? What a fool.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    No more "Electric Bugaloo" subtitling...

    by kgreene

    I say we use "Krush Groove" from now on...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Liman on "Reel Magic" on the Cinemagic XM channel...

    by kgreene

    ...came across REALLY arrogant. Wow.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    the worst DVD cover since DK...

    by Judge Briggs

    and the movie sucked... sooooo fucking stupid that after Theron was revealed to be like W.S... she is all of sudden wearing 'bad ass' makeup... such a bad movie...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Hancock 2 :

    by ReZourceman

    Hancock Harder.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Droid

    The first half was pretty good, up until the "revelation" that you see coming from the opening credits.<p>From that point on it was an absolute mess.<p>Indecipherable exposition shouted over meaningless noise and fury. And the exposition I could understand didn't make any sense. Why do they lose their powers if they are near each other? How near? Because they've been in the same city for a long time. And if they are gods apart, but mortal together, why the fuck are they "built" in pairs? And how did they survive for thousands of years if they were always together and therefore mortal?<p>I watched the extended cut on dvd, which I thought might clarify things a little. But it only extends the first half which was fine anyway.<p>Another question i would like answered...<p>How the fuck did Hancock get that heart symbol on the fucking moon. That not only infuriated me, but it made me dislike the film when i might have given it a very minor pass, due to the solid first half.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by cifra

    ... has plenty of moments almost as good as the best in The Dark Knight. Specially that ending with Hancock's scape... perfectly directed, cut and orchestrated. Yeah, I'm all for more Hancock, too.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Will Berg do this....

    by MJohnson

    ...before he does Dune?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    And by the way...a Bergian Dune...

    by MJohnson

    ...fills me with fear and anxiety...just don't think he has the chops for filming a novel that we'll have yet another shitty Dune on film...why, Ridley Scott, why couldn't you have picked up the ball and run with it?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Will Smith, fucking die please

    by sith_rising

    man I used to like him. Now I'm just tired of seeing his ass. Die, so someone else can fuck your hot wife, please.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I'll see it, under the following condition

    by Dijonase24

    As long as Bateman's back, I'm there. The man is comedy gold, and he stole Hancock out from under everyone he shared the screen with. And I actually like Will Smith.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    only film i walked out of this summer

    by BMacSmith

    who thought this steaming pile of shit was good?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I just don't understand how he could get drunk

    by I Dunno

    Getting drunk depends on your liver and brain getting overloaded so how can an indestructible being manage to get drunk? Maybe I'm over thinking things.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I thought I liked it more than everybody else

    by Freakemovie it's nice to see that it has its supporters. I took it to be a pretty badass and creative spin on the superhero genre -- no, the second half wasn't as good as the first, but it wasn't a trainwreck, and I'd be happy to revisit the world. The only problem is, it's so divisive I'm not sure how well a sequel would do.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    is this will smiths career

    by Timahh

    desperate attempt for an oscar in winter...cheesey box office movie in the summer

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Just needed an antagonist.

    by Wandering_Prophet

    I thought Hancock was a pretty entertaining flick, a little broad but I've heard that Berg had to succumb to a studio edit of the film. My biggest problem, and the reason the second half of the film does fall apart, was there was no real antagonist. Screw the junky robber guys. If they have an idea for a real supervillain, then why the hell not. It would be nice to have a superhero movie where we don't already know how it's gonna end. The actor playing the villain better be fuckin Pedigree though, you know who I'm thinking...GOLDBLUM. Think about it, they had great chemistry in ID4, and GOLDBLUM could definitely go both ways...I mean good and bad. And he's GOLDBLUM. He's starting to develope that Arnold/Walken/Malkovich sort of self parody, so have some fun with it and make him a full blown neurotic-narcicissistic supervillain. Asses in seats man. Asses in seats.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Opinion wasn't divided at all

    by Mr Gorilla

    All the critics said that the first hour rocked and the second hour sucked.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    For the sequel...

    by oaser

    Have Bagger Vance make a cameo where he teaches Hancock how to play golf, and also, how to love...again...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by medicinaluser

    Was a passable summer action flick at BEST do they really need to give us more. <BR><BR> Smith has ruined too mnay movies to forgive he is the Uwe Boll of fucking actors why..WHY does he keep getting roles.

  • A sequel is definitely warranted. Imagine the possibilities the sequel could have!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Will he also impossibly throw kids in the air on the sequel?

    by ricarleite

    Will the french-canadian kids fly thousands of feet in the air, and land safely with no injuries due to the acceleration and fall? If not, it's not a Hancock film. "Asshole."

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Actually there's only ONE thing that can make Hancock 2 work.

    by ricarleite

    Albert Brooks as the villain. There, I've saved the studios millions of dollars.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I'm not tryin' to dump on Hancock...

    by oaser

    like most other people, I enjoyed the hell out of the first half of it, but when his origin was revealed, I thought the movie lost its allure. They should've kept his background a secret. However, it would be cool to see him fight a super powered "other" and to destroy the shit out of L.A. because this felt like the first story that approached the damage done in the wake of a "superhero act." Every time a pick up a Spider-Man comic I'm reminded of how much damage he causes to buildings. It's interesting to see realistic take on the super hero genre.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by oaser

    are we talking Hank Scorpio?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by ricarleite

    No, more like Albert Brooks as "himself" from Real Life, but with superpowers and some whatever reason to kill Hancock.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The DVD commercials Have Given Away The Theron Angle

    by A-COD

    I was waiting for DVD and the ads have given away the twist. I had no clue during the summer, what pricks.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The COVER for the dvd gives Theron away

    by Droid

    Thats even more fucked.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    best thing to do would be...

    by j_difool

    ... to pretend that the 2nd and 3rd act of Hancock 1 do not exist. write out the Theron character and deal strictly with Smith and Bateman in a more traditional comedy-action movie, with the emphasis on the comedy, rather than the epic absurdity. You're welcome Hollywood.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Yet another reason for swear filters to tremble!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    The amount of times i tried to use the word "Hancock" on some sites and got censored is unbelievable!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Yeah, um, HANCOCK sucked.

    by Orbots Commander

    Great premise and good first half hour, but completely falls apart with the Charlize Theron-'Power Girl' reveal. It just did not work. It would have been better as a straight ahead redemption story with just Will Smith and Jason Bateman. Bateman's scenes are the only thing that make HANCOCK bearable; this kills me because I think Peter Berg is a damn good director. I just think he misfired with this flick. THE KINGDOM was great though.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Aw, hell, why not?

    by MisterE

    I thought that Hancock was an entertaining superhero film, but felt that the script either needed more work or maybe had been a little overworked. The acting and cast were good, and the effects were great. I enjoyed it more than any of the X-Men or Spider-man films. Those films pissed off my inner comic book geek with their non-adherence to established origins and continuity, whereas there was nothing established for Hancock to screw up. I'm all for a sequel (or even a prequel) to Hancock.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    AWWW, HELLLLLL YE$$$$$$$$!!!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Personally, I think we've already gotten a sequel in the form of the second half of the first movie. If THAT were the sequel I think it would've worked better.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Hancock was just passable....

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ...although i would've been pissed if i had spent money on it. Look, i have no problem with people liking the IDEA of an original superhero creation put on the big screen with that concept. The execution of that idea was crap though. I liken it to a child reading the cliff-notes version of a book and then asked to verbally describe what he just read. There seemed to be scenes missing. Y'know, the scenes that add character and emotional resonance. Batemen just seemed to accept the reveal a little too easily. I know the prison scenes was supposed to develop hancocks change of character, but it seemed too trite. Theron? The immortal with all of her memories? Did she seem at all long lived or emotionally guarded or distant because of her long life? A lot of real opportunities missed there. Now for what really annoys me. The moment theron say's, "we were created in pairs", my first question would have been, "WHO CREATED US?". Maybe if the writers had answered that question for themselves, there could have been a real antagonist for the picture. As it stands, we get some guys with guns who, given the power level of Hancock, should have had absolutely no dreams of getting back at him. That was an incredible leap of logic and it asks too much of my suspension of disbelief to think the one handed bandit would think he'd have a icebergs chance in hell to go up against Hancock. What a coincidence it turned out that hancock was losing his powers when they attacked...lucky that. The movie was a cool concept without a script. Oh, and the flying scenes sucked monkey balls. Why can't anybody beat the flying scenes from a 30 year old movie is beyond me.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    AICN lines up to lick a half-edited movie's sack

    by reflecto

    Yes, Peter Berg is a fine director, yes, there are good scenes and ideas in the film, yes, it could have been great. But it WASN'T. It is a ridiculous mishmash of tonal shifts, subplots, and ideas that did not get settled in pre or post-production and it shows in the final, incredibly disjointed film which barely explains a thing nor gives you many reasons to care. I like ambitious failures, which is what interests me about "Hancock." But unlike other such failures, it doesn't fully succeed on any level the public ignored. It's just a mess. Please admit it, lest I be faced with another multi-year "it's not so bad, really, you guys" AICN rehabilitation campaign the likes of which we got for the TCM remake and fucking "Hatchet."

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    A Sequel Could Be Great

    by DeeJay

    Granted, like so many other projects, it would depend on the script. However, consider the foundation that's been put before us. the "I-Heart" campaign's international impact could be explored, as well as the universe of the "gods" which Hancock had been part of. What about their former pets (some of which could be monsters)? What about having some vindictive "god" who planted a seed for mankind to suffer some time after his/her untimely passing... and could this be part of some memories that Hancock is slowly recovering? What happens in the lives of the people Hancock saved? There are a ton of ways to explore the core characters and to expand on what's already been established... they simply need a good script and some more compelling visuals next go-around.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by boardbrtn

    GOD DAMNIT! Hancock sucked! It was uneven, messy, and mostly unfunny. A waste of Smith, Theron, and Bateman's time. FUCK. The biggest dissapointment of the summer. You know what? This is just as bad as a Len Wisemam 'Escape' or a Ratner ... well okay, maybe not. But, still, this sucks.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by boardbrtn

    GOD DAMNIT! Hancock sucked! It was uneven, messy, and mostly unfunny. A waste of Smith, Theron, and Bateman's time. FUCK. The biggest dissapointment of the summer. You know what? This is just as bad as a Len Wisemam 'Escape' or a Ratner ... well okay, maybe not. But, still, this sucks.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    The climax was so damned contrived.

    by Durendal

    Seriously, three bozos he tossed in the joint go after him. Now, Hancock in invincible. They know this. There is no indication that he's weakening. So all three of them go after him and just happen to catch him while he's weak? Gimme a break. On top of that, they really didn't do nearly as much as they could've with that movie. It fell flat where it could have soared. Sure, there were some good bits, but overall, it was a very lackluster movie.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    In the trailer

    by nemesisdarkside

    you could see Hancock fighting someone wearing black with long blond hair. Then another shot during the end of the action montage shows Charlize wearing all black looking sinister as she puts on/takes off some sunglasses.<P>They couldn't have spoiled it more in the trailers. Worse thing is I went into the film thinking Charlize was gonna be the superpowered villian, only to be disappointed when the villians were goons with guns!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I fell asleep during Hancock!

    by Golitsyn1

    True Story

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    One Other Thing...

    by DeeJay

    ... the very fact that Hancock has lived so long and has memories that were of pretty incredible value could be the crux of a sequel. It could even be implied that the rather weak villains in the first movie were being manipulated by someone who posed a *real* threat... and who has an interest in what Hancock knows.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Will Smith

    by OzzyManDiaz

    Is the most overrated actor in all of Hollywood. Not saying he's bad, Just overrated. As for Handcock 2, Id rather drink steamy diarreah out of a Mexican transient's ass while watcing Grace Under Fire and having a Shell gas station employee piss on the side of my face.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by yiannis

    As another non-Hancock viewer I noticed that too. I didn't (don't) particularly care about this movie (my reaction to the trailer was a good, solid "meh!") and I somehow doubt that this "twist" would have had me rocking back and forth in my chair going "no fucking way! what a twist! wow, I never saw that coming!", but it's still annoying if I do ever watch it.<br><br>Even worse that this article spells it out too!<br><br>Obviously every film with a twist eventually has to leave the "spoiler moratorium" (the chick in The Crying Game is a guy, guys!), but considering this film is only just coming out on DVD - for many the first chance they will get to watch it - surely that period should last for at least a few more weeks? Come on AICN! Try not to spoil it for us next time...<br><br>As for potential sequels, I think I'm about one film away from never caring what Will Smith does again. I had such high hopes when he made Ali. I thought "ok, it's a tailor-made part for him, but this might be the point where he turns into an actual actor", but no! All it proved was that Michael Mann is so good he can get a performance out of ANYBODY! Since then we've had I, Robot (Asimov spinning in his grave), I Am Legend (Matheson making a mental note to spin in his grave once he dies) and the nepotistic cheese-fest that was Pursuit of Oscar... sorry, HappYness. Now he's making a sequel to a film I couldn't care less about! If it's in need of a title, I suggest one of these:<br><br>I, Hancock<br><br>Happy Hancock<br><br>Wild Wild Hancock<br><br>Men In Hancock (erm...)<br><br>The Fresh Prince of Hancock<br><br>HC2<br><br>Bad Hancock

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Hancock was a waste

    by dale_cooper

    I think 90% of us agree that it was an interesting premise, a pretty good setup, but ultimately a long, confusing train wreck. It was like they had no idea what to do with their concept so they just defaulted to turning it into Highlander 2. Which, it turns out, was an awful decision.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by Potch

    I'm a Will Smith Fan. I usually really enjoy his movies, but I didn't like Hancock at all. I agree with those of you that liked it best when he was the asshole. It was like halfway through the movie, it completely changed. And I usually love Charlise Theron, but her acting was BAD in this movie. The whole "I know you" looks throughout the whole things were just ridiculous. It just wasn't good.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I don't think this is a love/hate movie

    by Vern

    I know one guy who likes it alot, but he's a weirdo. It's a hard movie to be passionate about either way because it's so halfway there. Some good ideas, some good scenes, not really any great ideas or great scenes. Not too much to hate it for, not too much to love it for. The use of that Ludacris song pretty much sums it up: they want to show Hancock's "Move, Bitch, Git Out the Way" attitude but they feel they have to censor the word "bitch." (Even in the unrated cut, I heard.) The whole movie pussyfoots around like that. It wants to reinvent the super hero movie, but it still wants to give him a costume and turn him into a super hero. It wants to throw you into a world that already exists instead of giving you an origin story, it still wants to give you an origin story at the end.<p> I forget how it ends exactly but wouldn't a sequel take away the original part of the movie, that he's a washed up homeless alcoholic asshole with super powers? Wasn't he kind of straightened out at the end?<p> Anyway hopefully when the sequel is coming out they'll put out a special edition of the first one where the cover gives away the twist to the sequel.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    Needs more whale-tossing!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Hancock VS Bad Santa


    Fuck a sequel. We need a VS film. This could work.

  • It was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Simply horrible.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    wild wild west 2: still wildin out!

    by chetedawg

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    I am NOT a Will Smith apologist. I HATED what they did to I ROBOT. I saw HANCOCK asw a fluck. I had zero expectations. I enjoyed it. Great film? No. But I like it more than 90% of the stuff I saw this summer. Did I rent it on DVD? No. Once was enough. It was better than the INDIANJONES movie and was as entertaining as IRON MAN to me. I saw IRON MAN again on DVD and...was...bored.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Independence Day 2: Flag Day!

    by chetedawg

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    If Unabashedly Means "Not At All"

    by Aquatarkusman

    Then I'm with you, Merrick. Otherwise, seek help.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2: Footpenis

    by Alkeoholic77

    I think that would be a great name.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I say leave the flashbacks for later

    by SexyBeast

    I say raise more questions with the sequel, then you can start exploring some answers IF you must. What makes Hancock special is the personality of the character. Give Will Smith a good story to showcase that.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I HATED this movie

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Almost walked out, but I paid ten bucks to see it. I cannot express just how much I dislike it. I can't explain just why, but everything from the script to Will Smith's performance just pissed me off (and I usually really like Will). If you like it good for you, I'm just sayin that there is something to the Love/Hate statement.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    EXCEPT: Albert Brooks as Villain

    by Aquatarkusman

    That is truly an inspired idea. He could play himself, imbued by the Gods with the gift of mind-numbing improvisational marathons. Also, the fact that his given name is "Albert Einstein" (look it up!) could be worked in.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Smith and Theron

    by Series7

    Are the reaons Handcock didn't work. The whole movie just didn't work. There was no chemistry between the two, and Smith just can't come off as unlikeable. He did a good job, they should've had it as Smith and Theron were mortal enemy's that would have been a lot more interesting. I agree with Harry, really solid first half and then a WTF second half. I don't know if I would see a sequel, but with the money it made it seems impossible. Though lets go through Will Smiths sequels, Bad Boys 2 and MIB2...... do we really want Hancock 2 now? MIB2 and BB2 were so over the top and so crazy that they just were overly long and boring. Its like well Will Smith sold the first movie???? How are we going to sell the second one? Personally, I'd rather just see like and hour and half of fake you tube clips of Hancocks mistakes.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Suck it haters.

    by StrokerX

    Hollywood makes an "original" superhero story in the midst of sequels and remakes and people still arent happy. Granted it was a mixed bag but c'mon The Dark Night was just not the movie everyone is pretending it was.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    The whole movie pussyfoots around

    by Series7

    Vern hit the nail on the head with that one. You can't have a movie about vulgar superhero and aim it at kids. The movie should've been R. But those people at the $100 Million Per Will Smith Movie Corporation said, no way that movie won't mean our bottom line. I mean Berg doesn't really shy away from an R rating, shit even Welcome to the Jungle was more baddass then Cockhand.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Charlie_Allnut

    Please post a list of movies I am allowed to dislike and the movies I am supposed to enjoy. This way we can agree on everything and no one's feelings get hurt. Thank you.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Loved it.

    by KaneBone

    Granted, it does have the 'From Dusk 'til Dawn' element (two different movies joined at the middle), but this is what made it all the more powerful for me. The first half is Will being Will (charisma coming out of his ears) and you're lulled into a flippant, entertaining popcorn movie. Then as the revelations start to hit, the emotional ante grows and catches the viewer off guard. By this stage you're caring about the characters and suddenly, there's a feeling that they could be in danger, making some of the scenes at the end (hospital) all the more powerful. Possibly my fave film of the year, certainly the best surprise. All for a sequel and hoping we learn what's with all the eagle references...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    ...oh and one of the best scores of the year.

    by KaneBone


  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Ngo script wasn't awesome at all.

    by The Gospel According to Bastardface

    It was very flawed, and pretty boring. There was also just way to much piss in it. Seriously. Piss stained this, cum stained that. Kids pissing on kids. Hancock pissing and pissing. Farting. Shitting. It was actually kind of revolting to read at times. That script is nothing like the movie, and thankfully so.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed it, and saw the twist coming a mile away

    by chromedome

    so I don't get all the hate for that aspect. The problem for me was just that something was just missing, some "it" factor sorta thing--it was ALMOST great. It didn't commit to Hancock as a troubled screw up, and it didn't commit to the backstory aspect either--two sorta half-told stories. A sequel that goes forward with the two characters, and fills in the backstory could actually prop up the weak structure of the first film.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2: Cock Harder

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Shall we begin?

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Hancock was a disgrace to my intelligence

    by mutombo

    Sure, the first twenty minutes were allright. But the movie sucked so fucking bad I felt compelled to sign in and just tell how I feel how I fucking hated this film. 'Oh, I've been you're wife for the past 3000 years.' 'But now that we're together again, we've both become immortal.' FUck you hancock

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    "Hancock II: The Quickening"

    by Leto III

    ...But seriously, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's discussed the film's HIGHLANDER-esque qualities since its release, qualities that were barely touched upon in the final version. Here's hoping we get to see Will and Charlize's 3,000-year-old history in the pre-/sequel. Hey, maybe Methos will make a cameo!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    They should definately do a prequel 1st...

    by thecomedian

    Maybe shoot the next two films back to back. I just saw it last week and I really liked it. I think the cool turn for the sequel would to have Jason Bateman's character turn out to be a villain in the Osmandeous model. Most villains see themselves as heroes and really his character is actually the most enigmatic with his whole spiel of trying to get corporations to give shit away for free. Plus it will free up Smith and Theron to fall in love again. Really I just want to see Charlize Theron in that sexy black outfit doing all her Storm crap again.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    This was the worst movie of the summer...

    by geraldbeans

    Anybody who thinks this movie was good in ANY WAY does not understand film. This was one of the most poorly written scripts I've ever seen. You have a knockout premise - a drunk superhero who doesn't care about saving people - and you turn it into two immortals in love throughout time????? what the fuck??? Inexplicable moments like tornadoes randomly forming during their battle. An ending to a big action move that was - get this - IN A FUCKING HOSPITAL ROOM!!!??? A villian who liked to hold hands in jail and decided to battle Hancock as an afterthought. Fuck this movie. It sucked huge balls.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Ok Sometimes The Only Way People Can Be Provocative

    by Real Deal

    is to be negative. Negative is what one can expect from a AICN talkback. I watched Hancock for the first time expecting to hate it because of all the reviews. I absolutely loved it! I couldn't stop laughing! A super hero who's a mess! And then when he gets straightened out the story line becomes even more interesting. I thought it was the most original movie of it's kind in a long time. You cared about the characters, loved the FX, and the humour was right on the mark! I really don't know what some people don't like about it. Reading the replys here haven't really enlightened me much let's take a post from just a few above mine : " But the movie sucked so fucking bad I felt compelled to sign in and just tell how I feel how I fucking hated this film. 'Oh, I've been you're wife for the past 3000 years.' 'But now that we're together again, we've both become immortal.' FUck you hancock ". Notice that person didn't really say what it was he/she didn't like about it. It's been that stuff and I get the feeling not really paying attention ( the closeness issue it was pretty clear to me that they had to be really close for it to really take effect so just being in the same city wouldn't be an issue ). I really liked this movie! As for a sequel I'm not really sure they should do that. I'm thinking it's fine as it is and it didn't have any more to say. But who knows it might be entertaining. You never know.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Regarding the original script...

    by geraldbeans

    "Tonight He Comes". Despite my rant on this movie, I want to clear something up about the original script, because I read it. The original script is somehow even worse than this piece of garbage. And in that sense, I understand why they felt they needed to change it. In that script, absolutely NOTHING HAPPENED. It was just one big bore-fest. Of course, they went the exact opposite route - and tried to make EVERYTHING happen. And that was a mistake as well. But enough shit about how the original script was great. It was boring.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Apologists... haters... jesus fucking christ

    by PotSmokinAlien

    You can't like or dislike something these days without having to worry about being called either an apologist or a hater, huh? God willing, if society lasts another 50 years, none of the tech we've got available these days will be around for people to use and I bet nobody will mind one single god damned shit eating bit once they get used to it. This phase of our lives will be remembered as a horrifying wake-mare when nobody has any privacy and everyone felt self conscious about everything and I am not gonna miss it at all.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    A Hancock sequel should include his nemisis-

    by sweeneydave


  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane couldn't get a decent Punisher sequel

    by DonnyUnitas

    and yet they're going to green light this piece of shit? seriously.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2:Krush Groovin with Mitt Romney

    by crazybubba

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Exactly Real Deal...

    by thecomedian

    I was expecting it to be a complete piece of shit after hearing all these short sighted piss ants bitch about it in the talkbacks and actually it turned out to be pretty good. I think the problem people have is the bait and switch plot but the truth is that the whole "alcoholic superhero" bit is just a set up for a much more captivating story. You're SUPPOSED to see the "twist" from a mile away. Really it's Mary who you're supposed to be identifying with for most of the movie. She's easily the most sympathetic character. I think everyone got thrown off because that's not how Sony marketed it. And if you'll notice that's pretty much why they're marketing it completely different for the DVD release with Smith and Theron sharing top billing. At the end of the day bitchy fanboys just hate Will Smith just because and he get's to laugh all the way to the bank. Good for him.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Would the world be a better place without Will Smith?

    by Banzai Rootskibango


  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Wow. Hancock was so forgettable...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...I'm suprised if they could make a sequal and get all the names right. I thought this was just one Smiths cheque cashers. It only exsists and made money based on the anointed one's presence. Seriously? Why would you make a sequal to this? At it's very, very best it was slightly, barely amusing big budget sketch comedy.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Seconding Pot Smokin' Alien

    by Aquatarkusman

    Re: Moratorium on "Haters." Come on, you're not in 7th grade anymore. Learn how employ nuanced writing.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Please explain....

    by AnakinsDiapers

    What exactly was the "more captivating story". I really need to know. I see what was suposed to be captivating if there was actually a story attached to the concept, but what was filmed was a collection of "wouldn't be cool if" moments.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2: Handcock Evolution.

    by Damien Chowder

    It was an extremely good "turn off your brain when you have nothing to watch" movie.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Handjob 2: Still Wanking

    by pokadoo

    I'm happy enough with a Handjob sequel. I enjoyed the first film. I liked the twist in the second half, and how thet didn't spoil that stuff in the trailer. It was no classic, but at least it was original.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Will SMith, like Michael Bay, is a cinematic social disease

    by IndustryKiller!

    If you like his movies youa re actively contributing to everything that makes modern genre filmmaking shit. How anyone could claim to be passionate about film and still defend this is just completely beyond me. it's so awful and middling and homogenized, and poorly constructed that I would think only the dense or apathetic among us could possibly get excited about it. Moreover teh guy is just not a very good actor. I mean I can see how he's good enough that the American public would like him, he's certainly charismatic, but how film buffs good get behind such a fucking lightweight is preposterous. It's like LOVING Lindsey Lohan as a thespian. Even as a megastar he isn't as good as, say, Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise's worst fluff is about on par with Will Smiths best, at least the last decade or so. And as an actor its not even comparable. Will SMith will never ever turn in performances as good as Cruise was in Magnolia or Born on the Fourth of July, or hell even Vanilla Sky. Mediocre actor, mediocre megastar. You guys will come around eventually though, you always do.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Since when is "at least it's original" an excuse?

    by Droid

    Oh, Hancock was shit but it's not a remake or sequel so it's ok.<p>SHIT IS SHIT PEOPLE!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The movie made over $600m...

    by Hugh G Rekshun the box-office. Of course there's going to be a sequel, regardless of quality.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    (heh,heh) ...Actually, that's a bit cold, being that I haven't even seen HANCOCK. (So that's my full disclosure.) I was tempted to pick it up (on Blu-ray, no less) but couldn't commit myself, hearing the mixed word-of-mouth. And you know, whomever said the Blu-ray cover "sucked" ...was right. I was on the fence, so-to-speak, as to purchasing it. It's something to consider, being that the cover art might have been just enough to sway me. (Never underestimate cool cover/poster art.) Maybe I'll purchase the lesser expensive dvd.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Will Smith is actually OKAY.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    I think he's an uber talented performer. He's got charisma to spare and he can act. But he makes incredibly sound financial choices in the roles he picks, and even with the best level of craftsmanship, all you can hope for is...well...Bland. By rights, with hollywood fucking up the script and that many different directors walking, Hancock should have been a horrible piece of shit. Instead, it was barely passable. Kind of. I don't mind Smith making big bucks, it's not like I ever have to see his flicks if I don't want to, but I think its a waste of a star really. Wouldn't kill him to try and fit in a couple of actually good films once in awhile. The Bobby Seale thing with Spielberg could have been good. Also, I'd have to disagree with you Industry Killer, I think Smith is a better actor than Cruise...But, maybe when Smith gets a project like Born On The 4th Of July, you'll prove me wrong. I think he's just a great big wasted opportunity, and it'd be a shame if Six Degrees stands as his only good film performance.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I'm for it, as long as it keeps Smith out of

    by Dingbatty

    Marvel or DC flicks. He's not so bad, just overexposed right now.<p>As for Hancock -- the unapologetic asshole superhero story has been done before, and done better. The most recent example, "The Irredeemable Ant-Man" by Kirkman, which is a must read, and a crying shame it got cancelled (one of the better supes comics in recent years).

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLE HULK "green bar" on Blu-ray box

    by JDanielP

    was clever marketing, if not an obvious decision. Heck, was nearly enough for me to seek out a blu-ray player RIGHT THEN.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    What a stinkfest...

    by banditmania another MIB movie instead.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    How about a remake of the 2nd half of the film...

    by disfigurehead

    Because the 2nd half ssssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddd.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by NoHubris

    IMHO his performance in Pursuit of Happyness was up there with Six Degrees.<p>Directors should use more of that side of Smith in his action movies.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by thecomedian

    You've got a point and you're bringing up the one substantive criticism I've heard from a lot of people. All the backstory should have been shown in flashbacks. Instead we got a whole lot of "tell" where "show" would have worked a lot better. That's why a they should do a prequel or at the least go the Godfather 2 route with the next film and split their time between the current plot and flashbacks. I just liked the whole backstory and made me want to see more. I think they're hinting that Hancock, Mary and the rest of their brood were probably the Greek/Roman Gods once. That plus the Adventures of a superpowered interacial couple in the early 20th century would be pretty fun too. I mean they basically lynched Hancock because he took a white girl to the movies. Eitherway, say what you want but Hancock was better than many of Marvel & DC abominations we've seen in the past few years(Fantastic Four. Superman Returns).

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Hancock was a great new variation on..

    by CeejayNightwing

    the typical superhero spin. They actually presented a clever hypothesis to explain the modern myth of the super-powered being as well as Angels, and any other mythical larger than immortal creatures of myth. Too bad many people thought they were paying to see an out and out comedy and couldn't deal with the true nature of the unveiling plot. That's their problem and it doesn't stop this from being a damn fine fantasy film for those of us who truly have an open mind and a love for the imaginative media beyond seeing the same variation on a drunk-joke for 90 minutes. Jackass TV has a lot to answer for! I welcome a second movie with both arms as well as more Bay adaptation of Transformers. (way better than the cheesy, silly cartoon from the 80's)

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    The problem with the the first movie

    by Cobb05

    The thing that I felt was wrong with the movie was that there wasn't a real villain. I mean you had those bank robber guys, but they sucked. If there is a sequel, I'd like to see some kind of a real villain. Maybe Jason Bateman goes crazy and wants to kill Hancock. Just something. I also agree with Harry that the first half of the movie works, but slowly falls apart.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...That performance is one of the things that sold me on him. He actually elevated the material. Like I said though, it wasn't a role that really matched the abilities of the performer. Six Degrees actually did. I just wish he chose something that good again. I think they do try and shoe horn that side of him into his tent pole releases, like Hancock, but the films just aren't good enough. He still manages to deliver strong moments, like the big circle around shot outside of the bank in front of the giant crowd, but it's like watching a major leauge baseball player batting in a little leauge.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Bateman doesn't even have to "go crazy", Cobb05....

    by thecomedian

    He can still be as nice and as charming and well intentioned as he was in the 1st film. That would make him a better villain because again as history has taught us (and Hancock and Mary would know better than anyone with their 4000 years of experience) the worst of the worst always begins with good intentions. I mean he's already got Hancock as his pawn/muscle and Mary as his wife. A villain scenario with him would begin with Hancock and Mary slowly realizing that they're being pawned and Bateman's character being so wrapped up in his mission for the world that he himself doesn't realize he's a villain. There's your "realistic deconstruction" and it's a hell of a lot more captivating than "Asshole Superhero Learns to Care."

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Huberto Purveys the Truth!

    by chromedome

    Will Smith is talented. The faults of Hancock are not his fault.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Agreed, WNB

    by NoHubris

    Six Degrees was his best and he does elevate material/projects the way a great athlete elevates his/her team.<p>Concerning his choices, I've heard that the studios have not always gone for projects he has wanted, so the "pigeon hole" dilemma looks to be real. On the other hand, I understand that he passed on THE MATRIX because he read the script but did not get the story or the Neo character (not the same as Paul in Six Degrees or Chris in Pursuit - just making a point).<p>I guess there is blame on both sides when it comes to choosing projects that match his full talents.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    How about Hancock has a evil twin?

    by Damien Chowder

    Theron gets double willy. Bateman watches.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Chromeus Maximus!

    by NoHubris

    Thanks. But Like Flavius Maximus in the Gladiator arena, you are still unmatched as THE Purveyor.:-)

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    please not another one

    by anakinsoyo

    oh god more proof how much hollywood wastes money . Please not another hancock film . Can you actually call it a film ? it was only on for like half an hour

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Hancock pissing everywhere

    by crazybubba

    now that would've been a great movie. Hancock 2:Golden Shower

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Screwbini

    I liked Hancock, especially the first half. That is all.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2: Wrath Of Footpenis

    by Heckles

    Finally saw Hancock the other day, and I was surprised. I really dug it. It looked jackass in the previews, but I think it really worked. Wouldn't mind a sequel. Rental of course.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    HANCOCK WAS AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    the exclamation marks mean I'm yelling. The first hour was a great idea. Drunk superhero being taught how to be a superhero by a regular guy. Great idea, funny, lots of places it could go. that being said, even the first hour, which was infinitely better than the second, was shot terribly. The FX were terrible. this movie just sucked. Someone tell Peter Berg that he doesn't have to shoot every movie like it's FNL. Ugh, and i really like FNL. You change your style to go with the material. you don't force your style onto material it doesn't fit on. then again, what the fuck do i know.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    if there is a hancock sequel

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    they better have twice as many gun versus zagnut bar moments. And the zagnut bars better be twice as big!

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Any excuse to watch Will Smith.

    by Amy Chasing

    Damn he's a handsome fella. <P> (...yep, that and the fact he's a decentish actor is why they consider making another Hancock. It made money, so like I Am Legend they want to make another. They aren't particular great films, but since when has that mattered.)

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Maniaq

    didn't hate the first one, tho I thought it was far less than great - but it's WILL SMITH - what the fuck do you expect? <p> The man peaked with Ali - it's been downhill ever since... <p> As for a sequel, I might watch it, tho I could possibly care less...

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    WIll Smith movies fall apart in the 2nd act

    by Stormwatcher

    I am Legend, Hancock, Ali, I Robot, so many of them do. Hell Bad Boys 2.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Huh? What..? Theron was a twist?

    by cinemaniac

    Wow...It never struck me as a twist. Thought it was kinda obvious from the furtive glances between Theron and Smith when Bateman first takes Hancock home. Maybe a better twist would have been Bateman turning out to be his arch-nemesis with the PR secretly intended to place Hancock in harm's way more and Theron learning the truth etc. etc. This film is a perfect example of screenwriting by studio committee, ensuring any shred of decency is dumbed down to one cut about daytime soap. HANCOCK is instantly forgettable. I saw it less than a month ago and it's all but gone from my memory. Gotta say Will Smith's starting to bore the shit out of me. He needs to go full retard and soon.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Ehh...why not...I only wish..

    by torpor_haze

    that we lived in a world where this is the worst movie idea.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    HANCOCK was the Merrick of Summer 2009 movies...



  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    *2008 movies


  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Hubris Minimus!

    by chromedome

    Ah, but I Purvey THEORY, and you Purveyed FACTS--a harder sell, as Facts Interfere With Opinons.<p>I look forward to further Purveyance and Validation of Same beginning Jumpuary 16th.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    cinemaniac: yup, surprising how many were surprised

    by chromedome

    the specifics of the relationship to be revealed were not obvious, but her nature as another of Hancock's kind was blatant fairly early on....<p>and before that, her over-reactions to his appearance on tv, etc., were huge flags waving at us: "look, here--see this?"

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Hancock 2: Cock Harder

    by Darkman

    ...yeah. <br><br> The first third of this was best of all. Bateman, in particular, was terrific given what he had to work with. It's just...the film was pretty blah when it got to the 'Smith and Theron are immortals' section.) (I'd heard about an earlier version where Hancock fell in love with a - I presume - non-superpowered Mary. This film would've worked better than what we have now and the original script. Gospel is so right about the disgusting nature of it. No wonder it was unproduced for so long.) <br><br> And as much as I love John Powell, his score was very uninspired (thankfully, he'd gotten his mojo back by the time BOLT came out).

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I'm with Harry . . .

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    . . . the first half was excellent. The second half was shite on a plate.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Hancock is one of the most racist movies made

    by BlackJackBauer

    we see batman,superman, ironman,spiderman etc...then like the first big budget black super hero film and....the guy is a foul mouthed lazy shiftless drunk black man who needs the help of the do gooder white man to rehab him by sending him to jail, making him get a haircut and making him wear a uniform. while this ends up getting the black man in the good graces of america, he cant help but lust after a white woman and doesnt even know why. he just LUSTS after her something crazy. but anytime they get close to each other, all hell breaks lose. the movie ends with the black man all alone doing God's work and the white man and white woman together, happy. FUCK that movie and any of you idiots who like or support its hegemonic agenda.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 10 p.m. CST

    and dont mention blade

    by BlackJackBauer

    it wasnt a part of the whole superhero trend.

  • Dec. 5, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Did someone up there just use "meh"?

    by slone13

    That's almost as bad as Electric Boogaloo.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    BlackJackBauer: Are you HIGH?

    by chromedome

    Are you high Right Now?<p>Cuz, yea, when I think of actors out to profit off of and help perpetuate racism, Will Smith is at the top of that list--not.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    chromedome are you stupid?

    by BlackJackBauer

    you can always find someone to play the fool. how bout instead of thinking about will smith himself,why dont you think of the content of what i said? its 100% accurate. you cant deny it bro.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Will Smith should have been Luke Cage

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    What a waste — he would have been great doing that character.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Scientology Gotta Eat!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Cruise and that chick from the simpsons can't bear the financial burden alone

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    hey is "electric boogaloo" in the fucking dictionary? no

    by Maniaq

    BlackJackBauer - you are absolutely totally 100% correct and I must admit, when you think about it, it's actually quite BLATANT in it's portrayal of those stereotypes, too! <p> Makes me wonder if it really is true that Smith didn't "get" The Matrix when it was offered to him - and that he in fact didn't get this film either - and indeed nobody has pointed out to him what he has done... <p> -especially if he's considering a revisit, maybe someone ought to politely tap him on the shoulder, mention a few things...

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST


    by Droid

    I see your argument and it's well constructed, but...<p>I don't think there is anything inherently racist about the film itself. It's your interpretation because of the casting. Switch the Smith/Bateman roles and is it still racist? A black man that rehabs a white man by sending him to jail etc. A white man who lusts after a white woman. The interracial couple together while the white man does gods work?<p>Is I Am Legend racist because it features a black man who wants to cure the wicked ways of the white man, who would rather just eat him?<p>I just don't think Hancock is intentionally racist. What it is, is a shit film.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    The action scenes were HORRIBLE and suffered from...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...the fucking BOURNE virus, also known as "Mr Shaky Cam meets Mr Ultrafast Edit". Modern action cinema sucks.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by BlackJackBauer

    dude, the roles are what they are for a REASON. its precisely the fact that will IS black that he is the drunk foul mouthed jerk. he is the african american image in american society. and bateman is the white image of america. its there that way for that exact reason. im sorry, but what u are saying is silly. thats like saying "hey if they switched the roles in birth of a nation, then would it still be racist??" i mean wtf? deal with what is THERE. its there that way for a REASON. i mean damn man,instead of looking at what the film is, what is there, u are talking about ANOTHER film, you are talking about an IMAGINARY film. discuss what we SEE!!

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST


    by Johnno

    This sequel and the Oldboy remake with Spielberg are actually the same thing! 'Hanboy' was the other title under consideration...

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by Droid

    The same roles as written could be played by anyone. What you are doing is projecting your views onto this film because the drunk jerk is black, and the white guy is the "nice guy". If the roles were reversed i doubt you'd think twice. You are looking for racism where it's not applicable.<p>Should i get upset at the demasculating portrayal of the white man? White mans a pussy. White man requires a black man to save him. White man watches on silently as white wife and black man "lust" after each other. White mans emblem is a pussy little heart while black mans emblem is a big manly eagle.<p>We could deconstruct every aspect of every film to find negative connotations. Or we could simply try to enjoy them as entertainments.<p>Man, I've thought way more about this film than I ever wanted to!

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by bender7

    Yeah I think it was alright, just not particulary good. A pretty good concept that was watered down during the 'blockbuster' process. A sequel seems unecessary, like Vern says. There isn't really anything left to go with it other than somewhere boring. "Aw hell no! I lost my powers y'all!"

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by thecomedian

    The Only reason Hancock is Black is because Will Smith is playing him. If Smith passed on this role and the role went to Colin Ferrell or somebody your point would be moot.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by crazybubba

    BlackJackBauer just ruined the movie for me. Its hard to believe it was intentionally done that way though. For one reason, Smith is known for taking roles written for white men and inserting himself, but the perpetuation of negative stereotypes (whether coincidence or not) is not a good thing.<p>How did Smith miss something so obvious? I guess he's so busy pandering to the masses he overlooks the obvious. You'd think the guy who made Ali would have seen this.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Well, that depends on whether the character was written to be a black man. We don't know whether it was or wasn't. <p> All we know is that Will Smith played a role, for all we know it was written as a white man and they realised that Will Smith could open the film and didn't change a thing.</p>

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Incredibly inventive by being incredibly shit

    by most excellent ninja

    what a shitty film. Peter Berg is such a mediocre studio director who people claim has vision.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Rather see the long awaited Super Mario Bros sequel

    by most excellent ninja

    fuck this movie.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Just watched it for the first time last night, and I thought

    by CreasyBear

    the same thing BlackJackBauer did, actually. (Though that made me laugh that self-righteous Hollywood types didn't catch the subtext.) Violent, angry black man gets taught a lesson (from a white man) in how to be sociable, polite and humble. "See, Black Man, if you would just stop being a paranoid, cynical asshole, you'd actually have a decent, respectable life!" Amazing that the same type of Prop-8-denouncing people made this flick.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    cifra is on crack

    by most excellent ninja

    parts as good as the best in dark knight? as good as the direction of the joker blowing up the hospital? the interrogation scene? the reveal of the batpod? the bank robbery? batman fighting criminals in the parking lot? you are fucked.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    it was really, really bad.

    by samsquanch

    I love all things superhero, I just bought the Swamp Thing on dvd and I love it, I've watched X3 like, 4 times even though it offends me by its very existence, but I'm sorry, Hancock was bloody awful. It reminded me of the bad old days when the best superhero movie in the world was Meteor Man. Those days are gone. Or are they?

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    Call me an asshole one more time...

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    A better idea for the movie

    by Bramton1

    Leave the first half intact, right up to his triumphant return and celebration, with a drunk Ray telling Hancock he loved him. Then show establish that Hancock continues to save the day and suddenly people love him. Have him stop someone who just takes to taunting him, telling Hancock that all the love he's been getting is bullshit. That have Hancock mess up (accidentally). I mean he really FUCKS UP. And people turn on him like never before. Plus, he ruins Ray's reputation, and Ray turns on him as well. Hancock completely withdraws from society. Then some bad shit happens and Ray tries to convince Hancock to save the city. But Hancock can still tell Ray hates him, so he refuses. A little later, left to his own thoughts, he finds out that Ray's wife and kid is now in danger from the current threat, and that causes Hancock to rush in. He risks his own life to save Ray's wife and kid, ends up on the edge of death, but stops the threat and saves the city. Ray genuinely forgives him and the city kinda forgives him, but Hancock realizes that he'll never truly be embraced by the city because of what he uses to be, but as long as there are still people who believe in him, it's a worthwhile fight for redemption. Roll credits.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by cinemaniac

    OMG -- just laffed my ass off. Just cause I think I Jesus in a bowel movement, don't make it so. Seriously, BlackJackBaur (cool handle, by the way), I think y'all goin' overboard and reading way too much into something. Reverse the casting between Smith and Bateman and not change a word... what have you got..? The same meaningless garbage as before. Save the racist card for something important, bro. This ain't it.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by BlackJackBauer

    dude, if, if if IF. deal with what is really there. what we have is something that speaks volumes about this country. i mean damn, if the roles were reversed, who knows, they might have changed up alot more and made will smith into the magical negro character like he is in that matt damon movie. there is way too much there to just chalk it up to coincidence. it is what it is. look at it. see the bullshit. be disgusted. but please dont make excuses for it.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Hancock was a movie...

    by emeraldboy

    destroyed by an unintelligable second act. A movie drowned in religious and fictional historical pyscho babble.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Excuse me - first Black superhero was Blade

    by JackRabbitSlim

    That's a fact, Jack.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    BlackJackBaur and JackRabbitSlim

    by cinemaniac

    Folks believe what they wanna believe. Don't matter if it's religion or UFOs. And that's fine. But do consider, whilst your argument is perhaps worthy of a film school assignment, you come across as sounding more than a little paranoid. We're just gonna have to agree to disagree. My final word on the subject: "HANCOCK" is a piece of shit movie with no agenda. --- JackRabbitSlim, "METEOR MAN" starring Robert Townsend predated "BLADE" by five years or so. Lol.

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Lando Clarissian was a black guy....

    by chetedawg

    And he flew the millenium falcon

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by staticneuron

    Brilliant idea! Goldblum rocks!

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Didn't know it was hated

    by textual

    I watched the unrated cut on Bluray, seemed like a pretty good movie to me. Is it possible the theatrical cut was a studio hack job?

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