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‘Once You Choose, There Will Be No Going Back!’ The Trailer For Syfy’s THE PHANTOM Miniseries/ Pilot Is On YouTube As Well!!

I am – Hercules!! The coming “Phantom” miniseries doesn’t appear to have any sci-fi in it, but that’s okay, because it’s not airing on SciFi. Coming in 2010 from Syfy:
Can it possibly live up to the 1996 Billy Zane movie?
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  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Lot of Sci-Fi...

    by A G

    ...very little of interest.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Hmm...

    by Bald Evil

    I'm a big Phantom fan, but I'm also a big hater of "reimagined" classics. I'll watch it when it comes out though.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    hmmmm...

    by RaveX

    this actually doesn't suck as much as I expected...

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Good lord, why?!

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    I can't even start to tell you everything that's wrong with this... and yes, I liked the Billy Zane movie. If the costume is changed, it undermines the entire "ghost who walks" premise. Where's the badass Skull Cave? Looks like they're giving it the Flash Gordon treatment.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Crap

    by TheDudeinLA

    Only someone that doesn't know how to spell Sci-Fi could think of this garbage.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    wierd...

    by FatCharlie

    it doesnt look vomit inducing.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Really?

    by HeatStorm

    His Costume looks Horrible.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    honestly...it doesn't look too bad

    by Datascream

    Look amazing in comparison to that Billy Zane crapfest. Seriously, the 1996 version looks more like a TV show then this new one. I'll probably give it a shot.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    WOW!

    by Phrog

    Does that ever look like a smoking turd! Say what you will about the Billy Zane one, this one has the same monkey stink as that Flash Gordon redo from last year.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I really don't get the hate for the Billy Zane flick.

    by Burgundy82

    In fact, I watched it again the other day and, yep, still liked it. Actually I bought it on Amazon along with The Rocketeer and The Shadow. I was in a retro superhero mood. (Rocketeer is up there with Jurassic Park as one of my sentimental all time faves.)

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    The Billy Zane Phantom...

    by Big Dan

    I didn't hate. It's actually a lot of fun. Nothing about this new one makes me think Phantom. Plus the 1996 version had Patrick McGoohan. Can't go wrong there.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Oh, and that "reimagined" costume

    by Burgundy82

    is fucking hideous. Why do those classic purple tights catch so much shit? Purple is regal, bitch. Phantom is the king of the fucking jungle.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Will give a chance...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    I liked the Phantom 2040 cartoon.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Burgundy82

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    I'm right there with ya. I was really hoping for franchises from all of those films you mentioned.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The Shadow

    by A G

    The living knife in The Shadow is one of the most devilishly deadly concepts in movie/tv history. I put it up there with the awesomely scar living smoke in Lost.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    My daughter had nightmares...

    by Big Dan

    about that Shadow knife when she was little. Scared the bejeesus outta her at the time.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    by The Marquis de Side 3

    thiiiiiiiiiiisss suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks!

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Looks like SHIT!

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    And this is coming from a HUGE Phantom fan. Bring back Phantom 2040 !

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, Canada. Try as they might, it still looks like Canada

    by Raymar

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    From the people who brought you Nightman

    by GO14

    and Stan Lee's Lightspeed comes....The Phantom....

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Phantom 2040 done by Aeon Flux guy

    by jbs9200

    Phantom 2040 was done by the same guy that did Aeon Flux, correct?

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Yup, Peter Chung.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    The one and only.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Zane Phantom was pretty good...

    by Ninja Nerd

    It had the same vibe as The Shadow; old school radio serial writ large on the silver screen. Which is how they should do The Green Hornet, by the way.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    purple party pants

    by jbs9200

    1) The new costume looks God awful. He appears to be wrapped up in foam like a knight at a Renaissance fair or someone's homemade riot gear.<p> 2) I agree that the purple costume could work on film. They just need to change the shade of purple to something less "gay". <p> TV/Film isn't limited to the same POW colour choices you have in newspapers (and later comics). The reason the suit is the shade it is isn't because that the colour it was supposed to be, but instead it was the shade of purple they could make for the Sunday newspaper comics.<p> Leave the suit purple but make it a darker shade of purple. Or a bluer shade of purple. <p> Look they got around the X-Men spandex with suits that looked fine even believable. You can tweak the purple suit without getting rid of it.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    This year's FLASH GORDON

    by Greggers

    Looks like cheap Canadian crap. I'm not in the habit on hating things out of the gate, but I can't help but hate this (right out of the gate). What a mess. I mean, the commercial shows that it's trying to be "young," "hip," "edgy," and taking every other hacky approach the lunkheaded producers could think of (after watching SMALLVILLE). And instead, it just looks lame. Who asked you to "reimagine" anything, motherfuckers? <BR><BR> Props to LastOfTheV8Interceptors on comparing it to the godawful FLASH GORDON from a few years back. I predict it limps through syfy's intial order of episodes before mercifully being taken off the air.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    SLAM EVIL!!!

    by therobcat

    HAAARD!!!

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    But will it have a young Catherine Zeta Jones?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    LastOfTheV8Interceptors got it right....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    The point of wearing the same old costume is to make the Phantom's enemies believe he cannot be killed, or that he always returns from the dead.<p> And that's besides the fact that this new costume sucks donkey balls.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    "Only someone that doesn't know how to spell Sci-Fi could think

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Fucking GOLD.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Meant to read:

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Meant to read:

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Only someone that doesn't know how to spell Sci-Fi could think of this garbage.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    It's Flash Gordon all over again...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    A timid, cheap-looking "modern" version that lacks the courage of its convictions. And it's from Robert Halmi, who brought us that earlier stinker. Pass.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    More love for the Billy Zane Phantom...

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..That movie makes me smile every time i see it. And Treat Williams is sooo over the top i can't help but laugh whenever he's on screen.<P> There is absolutely nothing wrong with the purple suit. All they had to do was darken it a shade or two and it would have worked.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    But is there...

    by Gislef_crow

    ... any SyFy in it? Inquiring minds want to know. But in fairness, the costume looks like a ballet outfit. It ain't the color, it's the tight-tights. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    By costume...

    by Gislef_crow

    ... I mean the original costume looks like a ballet outfit. Something a little bulkier and protective wouldn't hurt so that the Phantoms don't need to get replaced so quite often.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    You know what always made me laugh....

    by westie

    Every time they showed the Phantom's inner sanctum, there were always the pictures on the walls of all the previous Phantoms before him. And they all looked exactly alike. White guys in purple suits. You know the natives that worked for him used to switch them around on the walls all the times and laugh when the grimace-lookin' douchebag never noticed the difference.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Prepare for ecological messages and a string of

    by thegreatwhatzit

    B & C-level "guest stars", e.g. Robert Wagner, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Gross, Burt Ward, Mike Farrell, Jeff Conaway, etc.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    The Costume Sucks!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Really, it looks silly, as does the old one!!!!!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    The Suit Is Awful

    by Geekgasm

    I was willing to go along til the guy showed up in a purple snowsuit. Awful. The co-called "cheesy" original suit looked 10 times better.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    And Purple IS regal, bitch!

    by Geekgasm

    Prince fucking owns all your motherfucking asses!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Do what they could've tried with Daredevil...

    by westie

    Couldn't they make a suit that looked like the old one, but appeared mostly black with a sheen of purple? Black normally, but with a hint of that dreaded lavender? Like really, really dark purple? In the comice Daredevil's suit picked up the shadows all the time and sometimes didn't look red until he was on top of motherfuckers ( I know it's a comic, but give it a try, man!)

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Zane forever, SyFy never! Oh wait - I don't give a shit.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Luke Skywalker/ Joseph Campbell called...

    by YackBacker

    They want their hero character arc back. Thank you.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    As for THE PHANTOM cartoon clip... two things:

    by YackBacker

    1) What hero gets bested by snowballs? and 2) look at the package on that skull-wearing villain! 70s cock right there!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Phantom 2040

    by Gozu

    It got it right, it didn't talk down to the audience, and had style to spare. This, the Billy Zane nonsense, and pretty much any other incarnation is crap.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I liked Zanes Phantom.

    by DrPain

    this miniseries looks horrible and that new costume is smallville stupid. I actually would rather see a sequel staring Zane again. Probably more so than Rogans Hornet flick.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Billy Zane's the Phantom was a great rollicking silly

    by Crawfish

    Saturday matinee fun serial adventure throwback flick. it was even better than the last indy flick.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Flop - won't last a season

    by hallmitchell

    Terrible new costume.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Zane's Phantom was silly fun

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Like The Shadow or The Rocketeer, although both of those are far superior,but the Phantom is great switch off the brain and watch on a lazy afternoon.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    HE SHOULD'VE WORN THE OLD COSTUME.

    by kgerm

    Looks better than whatever SWAT outfit he's got on in that trailer

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Pity Me

    by Martin Hogg

    Because i went to see the debacle that was the Billy Zane version at the cinema. The Shame! The Shame!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    Even more love for the Billy Zane PHANTOM movie

    by SpyGuy

    As others have mentioned, the 1996 PHANTOM is fun entertainment in the same vein as THE SHADOW or THE ROCKETEER. Treat Williams can't act for shit in it, but Zane is a solid Phantom and the supporting cast of Kristy Swanson, Patrick McGoohan and a smoking-hot-in-her-prime Catherine Zeta-Jones more than make up for Williams' hammy so-called acting.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    kgerm is right - the new costume is shit

    by FamousEccles

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I'm waiting for THE PHANTOM: MENACE

    by Kubla_Khan

    By the way, love the purple beanie dude. Looks like it belongs in the same TV puniverse as Smallville if you ask me!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    The Purple Punisher

    by Kevin Holsinger

    I tend to feel that the Phantom was one of those characters whose costume hasn't aged well. On the other hand, the above suggestion about doing blackish purple could work.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Phantom of the Oprah

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I always wondered what would happen if one of the Phantom's sons wanted to be a bicycle repairman instead of a superhero.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    The Shadow

    by Dude_Abides

    The only classic hero i want to see on tv is The Shadow.. i for one love the baldwin pic and I would love ti see it on tv fuck the Phantom

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Zane's Phantom was good.

    by cookylamoo

    But fell short of being great. The fights, I remember, were awesome.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Just watched the Youtube clip.

    by cookylamoo

    Forget what I said about the fights.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Listen To Your Friend Billy Zane

    by Crow3711

    He's a cool dude.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    What's the over under?

    by OceanWang

    10 bucks says this Phantom is snowboarding by episode 3.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The 1996

    by Philo

    Movie was cool, as were the Rocketeer and (to a lesser extent) The Shadow. These are the types of movie Hollywood seem to be turning their back on; solid, fun entertainment chasing instead the flagpole blockbuster... Not every movie can gross $500 Million you know!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    "I'm not wearing that."

    by Royston Lodge

    Doesn't look like complete shite. Looks like a SyFy miniseries. If you're the kind of viewer who can put up with the flaws inherent with a SyFy miniseries, it looks like it might be a good one.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    More like "The Canadom"

    by cowboyone

    Acting and production values look like crap. Just ain't gonna work with this type of material.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    He's not wearing 'that'??? But....

    by thot

    ...he'll wear the unbelievably retarded mess of a 'superhero' suit that the 'SyFy' channel whipped up for him? Probably the worst suit ever put on film. The movie looks like predictable action-film/superhero fodder but production values look pretty good. Won't be tuning in. Btw, I've always liked Zanes' 'Phantom'. He was cool.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Wow.....

    by Jamie McBain

    It almost looks as bad, as the Flash Gordon TV series, from last year. I agree, the new costume looks bad, Batman nipple bad.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Ugh

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    And I thought Nipples on the batsuit were Gay..this has Joel Schumacer's and Uwe Boll's Musky Man stink all over it

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of that crappy Reb Brown Captain America from the 70s

    by thecomedian

    Your father was a great hero blah blah blah...

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Your father....

    by Jamie McBain

    Was in the film, Titanic.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Loved Billy Zane's Phantom...

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    but they really need to make a live action Phantom:2040. Batman Beyond owes it's whole existence to that and Spider-Man 2099.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    u guys

    by eaze

    r a rough crowd!wasn't the fan of zane's like u fellas.i think it looks pretty good.remember-no one thought galactica would work.@ least give it a shot before crapping all over it!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Haters...

    by ROGERTHORNHILL

    Trashing it even before you've seen it. Oh wait, this is Talkback. It looked violent, bloody, and interesting. The suit needs work, but I am kinda impressed by the production value. Count me in.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    loved Phantom 2040

    by Meadowe

    That's how I was first exposed to this franchise, seeing it on channel 5 ktla on Sundays way back when.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    The Shadow has that amazing line...

    by Bouncy X

    "oh, that knife" my god, the way Baldwin says it is hilarious. its extremely terrible and yet awesome at the same time. i crack up everytime i see that scene.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by Kevin Holsinger

    Actually, if memory serves, there was a line in that scene where Shiwan Khan talked about knives in general, then pulled out the phurba. In that context, Cranston's line made sense (as in, "Oh, you were talking about THAT knife.")<p>Thing was, they deleted the original line (I think it was in the theatrical version, but deleted when they put it on VHS and such), so Cranston's tone makes no sense.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    The Shadow..

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    ...is kinda special in that it's one of the very few movies to take liberties with a well known character's origin and kind of improve on it IMO. I usually hate when movies mess with the source material.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    The Flash got it right

    by nicegoogly

    When the Flash was on CBS, they costume was terrific. Bright red, didn't skimp on the authentic design. Tone down the purple, make it Flash style, and it could work. Slight tweaking is necessary not this snowboarding moron. I think they went with this costume so they could hire the pretty boy nobody without paying a trainer to get him into superhero shape and wear the purple tights.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    So is Sucky SyFy Phantom going to...

    by themikejonas

    ...meet up with Sucky SyFy Flash Gordon, and get introduced to Sucky SyFy Mandrake and Sucky SyFy Lothar?

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    The purple fencer's helmet is very

    by Subtitles_Off

    Nolan. More angsty re-imagining for the Justin Timberlake set. It'll be over before you know it.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Kevin Holsinger

    by Jimbonx

    I always thought that some lines were removed from the theatrical version, but just figured i saw it as a kid and didnt remember correctly. Do you remember the scene with the scientist where Baldwin names the "atomic bomb" and it kinda made sense after what the scientist said in the movies but not on VHS? thats been bugging me for a while now.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Will it be as good as the 1996 film? Are you kidding?

    by LeftFoot

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Zane's Original Costume In Teaser?

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    So does that mean this is a sequel to the 96 film?

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST

    That new Phantom costume looks like...

    by Otter

    the "new Goblin" costume in Spider-Man 3 that Harry Osborn wore...pitiful.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    And Speaking of The Flash.........

    by SisterSpooky

    Will it be "Reimagined" for the next generation?

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Girl_In_The_Fireplace

    I agree. Doesn't look too bad but then i'm a chick and the guy's kinda hot. I'll watch it for that alone.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Oh, I thought it was . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . the new Phantom Limb show.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Crap for Suit \ Original Serial

    by Oldnewbie

    I agree 100% with the new suit, it's just another rubber\leather impossible in real life to move in thanks to Tim Burton ala Batman piece of crap. As for a real "Phantom" movie? Go find the 1940 Republic serial. They were not afraid to wear the purple (even nif it was in black and white)!!

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I actually really enjoyed the Phantom

    by Superponte

    I thought Shadow was good too

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Jimbonx

    by Kevin Holsinger

    ROY TAM: I guess you could call it an implosive/explosive submolecular device.<p>LAMONT CRANSTON: Or an atomic bomb.<p>ROY TAM: Hey, that's catchy.<p>That scene? Made sense to me, but then I haven't watched the movie in a while. So maybe you're right.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Should have gone with Phantom 2040

    by Cash907

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Kevin

    by Jimbonx

    Yeah thats it. I kinda remember Roy giving more detail and some of the words making up atomic - so Lamont just shortened it or something.

  • Oct. 1, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    PennyB

    by PennyB

    WHAT a judgmental group. We haven't even seen the series yet. If you are going to do Phantom...yeah, you've got to have the purple suit. Any guy who will wear that in the jungle is probably NOT to be messed with. The man is greater than the shade!

  • Oct. 2, 2009, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The suit...

    by Atropos

    The phantom of my childhood was in black and white - but the covers always showed him wearing a suit much more towards the dark blue end of the spectrum. Always hated the purple shade used in the movie, which otherwise was quite fun and campy.